The story of a jogger with Y-shaped burns, a broken jaw, and hearing damage ends in an important moral: Forget your iPod during thunderstorms and try singing in the rain. The metal in earphones—any earphones, not just the chic white buds—can conduct the electric current from a lightning strike, Reuters reports, resulting in a real shock.
Canadian doctors tell the tale in a letter in today's New England Journal of Medicine, saying that the trouble wasn't the iPod itself, but rather the combination of metal and sweaty skin that put the 37-year-old jogger in the line of fire. The AP reports that Apple declined to comment on the phenomenon. (Read more lightning stories.)