Against all odds, the remarkable Roy Sullivan was hit by lightning seven times in his life. Roy was a park ranger working in the Shenandoah National Park when he was first hit by lightning. He was standing in a tower in the middle of a storm when he realized he wasn’t in the safest of places. He decided to make a run for it. “I got just a few feet away from the tower, and then, blam!” he said.
In Venezuela, where the Catatumbo River meets Lake Maracaibo, there is a lightning storm that seems to never end. For about 300 days each year, cloud to cloud lightning strikes up to 280 times per hour. Even when the weather in surrounding areas is excellent, there is often a storm over this lake. Locals say the lightning is visible from up to 400 km away. The storm is more than just a curious natural phenomenon, though, because ships have been using it to help them navigate for ages.