Still, getting hit or killed by lightning is an extremely rare event. And yet, I want to briefly mention, and pay tribute to, park ranger Roy Cleveland Sullivan. Over a period of 35 years in the mid-20th century, Mr Sullivan was hit by lightning seven times. Seven! That must be some kind of record. In fact, it is a record. All seven strikes were verified. Sullivan was hit by lightning one additional time as a child but this one was never officially confirmed. That would make it eight. The odds against getting struck by lightning this many times are so high that if it hadn’t happened, you’d be inclined to say it couldn’t happen. What are these odds?