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Man buried alive as lightning 'cure'

Posted on Thursday, 28 March, 2013 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A man who has been struck by lighting four times has been buried up to his neck in an effort to cure him.

20-year-old Alexander Mandon is believed to suffer from a strange condition that makes him more susceptible than usual to lightning strikes. In one incident he was struck by a bolt from the blue while serving in the Colombian military, raising concerns among his superiors over the potential risk to other soldiers around him. After returning home he was struck yet again while outside a cantina, leaving him trembling and barely able to walk.

To solve his predicament, a local indigenous doctor suggested that he be buried up to his neck in the ground so that the dirt can absorb any inappropriate electrical charges in his body. The first attempt at this proved unsuccessful because he had been positioned incorrectly, however there is still hope that if done right the unusual treatment might be able to cure him of his peculiar affliction.

"The 20-year-old Colombian has been struck by lightning four times since September."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by Palmy-Ra on 28 March, 2013, 21:26
You gotta love local indigenous cures
Comment icon #10 Posted by SewerRat on 28 March, 2013, 22:55
Why couldn't he just stand in the sea to drain off any extraneous electrical charges? It's a better conductor than damp soil and safer. It doesn't say how tall he is or where he was standing when he was struck each time. If he's 7 feet tal, wears rubber soled shoes and stands in open areas during a storm, no great mystery.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Eldorado on 29 March, 2013, 2:57
Shame. Such a nice, well grounded man too. Hope some bright-spark can help him soon. (Would be cool if his name was Rod)
Comment icon #12 Posted by pallidin on 29 March, 2013, 3:03
And putting him into the ground up to neck is going to "cure" this.? Blah. Rather, he needs to see a doctor to determine if he has an extreme sweat condition.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Catz on 29 March, 2013, 7:22
After being stuck by lightning 4 times, this guy should be able to win the 100 million lottery with ease. Just what I was thinking...
Comment icon #14 Posted by ShadowSot on 29 March, 2013, 7:57
I think these articles that defy probabilistic odds are amongst the most interesting simply because there is no rational explanation. I recall a US Park Ranger who was struck at least seven times, also seemingly defies probability. An explanation ... when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable must be the truth ... Bad logic actually. Claims have to fit the evidence, if the last claim standing still does not meet the evidence, you go back to the board and try again. Yes, getting hit by lightning is rare on average. However, when you're dealing with 7 billion p... [More]
Comment icon #15 Posted by GirlfromOz on 29 March, 2013, 11:51
I can understand his situation & why the local people did what was necessary. After being electrically charged & why he was constantly the barb of electrical jokes.They figured that you have to be earthed & the only way that you can eliminate the constant positive charge that he attracts is to earth him.LMAO. Yes! I understand.!They want to create an earthing of his so called 'charge'.Good luck guys! I am sorry to say that they might just be on to something!
Comment icon #16 Posted by woopypooky on 30 March, 2013, 5:33
He incurred the wrath of Zeus. I would suggest he build a small pantheon to worship Zeus.
Comment icon #17 Posted by moonshadow60 on 4 April, 2013, 16:30
A man named Edwin Robinson from Falmouth, Maine, was struck by lightning and not only was cured from blindness and deafness, he grew hair after being completely bald. I would call that pretty much a miracle, so not all lightning strikes are bad things. http://weekendamerica.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/26/lightning_strikes/ Bob Gustavson: I'm Bob Gustavson, the pastor at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Falmouth, Maine, and Edwin Robinson was a parishioner there when I first came in 1994. Ed was a remarkable story of someone who had had an accident in his truck and lost his sight and most of h... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Eldorado on 4 April, 2013, 19:21
A man named Edwin Robinson from Falmouth, Maine, was struck by lightning and not only was cured from blindness and deafness, he grew hair after being completely bald. I would call that pretty much a miracle, so not all lightning strikes are bad things. http://weekendameric...htning_strikes/ He would also turn into a werewolf though whenever it rained on a moonlit night. (according to my sources).


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