In this column Unca Cec makes the claim that “in the early 1980s, 60 to 80 Australians were injured by lightning each year while on the phone, a rate roughly 45 times higher than the comparable rate in the U.S. At the time Australian phones weren’t connected to the house electrical ground. Now they are”.
I think I’d remember if phone techs suddenly came around to every house in Australia (maybe 5 million or so) and fitted grounding wires to their phone systems. Not to mention hearing about more than one person a week being killed by lightning on the phone - I mean here in Sydney we hear on the news about a single kidnapped child in Melbourne, 1,000km away.
Does anyone have any idea whether this is based on anything factual? Or just some warped reportage he picked up from some US source? :dubious: