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Friday, December 08, 2006

The Fourth Time Was Overkill

If this story is true, it may be taken as proof that God exists and holds grudges.

A British officer, Major Summerford, while fighting in the fields of Flanders in February 1918 was knocked off his horse by a flash of lightning and paralyzed from the waist down. Summerford retired and moved to Vancouver. One day in 1924, as he fished alongside a river, lightning hit the tree he was sitting under and paralyzed his right side. Two years later Summerford was sufficiently recovered that he was able to take walks in a local park. He was walking there one summer day in 1930 when a lightning bolt smashed into him, permanently paralyzing him. He died two years later. But lightning sought him out one last time. Four years later, during a storm, lightning struck a cemetery and destroyed a tombstone. The deceased buried here? Major Summerford. [Link]

Anonymous

Gee, it must have been his positive outlook...or maybe his negative views - which one attracts the bolt? Probably the negative if it comes from the cloud.

If he'd lived another 30 years or so, he could have been the mascot for my Chargers!

Jason

Maybe he forgot to pay Zeus that money he borrowed.

Chris

How dare you speak of the pagan Zeus! May Thor strike you dead!

Questors

Checking out vengeful gods is right up my alley:

1) There is no officer named Summerford listed at the UK National Archives under WW I campaign medalists.

2) There is nobody named Summerford listed in the death records of Brisith Columbia.

~Sharon

Chris

The only thing left to do is to check every Vancouver cemetery for a charred tombstone.

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