Man Asks Heavens to Settle Dispute, Lightning Strikes

Waves iron bar at sky instead of paying up
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2008 9:22 AM CDT
Flashes of lightning shoot across the sky in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Wang Peng)
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(Newser) – A man in China's Fujian province got a shock when he asked the heavens to settle a score, CCTV reports. When a friend demanded an old debt be repaid, the man brandished an iron bar at the sky, swore he had never borrowed the money, and asked the gods to strike him down if he was lying. Lightning promptly stuck the bar. The debtor is recovering in a local hospital.