Pat Shingleton: "A Zapped Turkey!"
As I have referenced in previous columns, Louisiana ranks second to the number of lightning hits on a yearly basis with Florida leading the list. The Old Farmer's Almanac-Acts of God offered an excerpt from one of Benjamin Franklin's journals. As you know, Franklin was recognized not only as a famed statesman and inventor but also as one of the first to administer resuscitation. A journal entry noted, "A pullet (turkey) was struck dead by the lightning shock directed through its head." Franklin furthered in his entry that he attempted to revive the turkey by repeatedly "blowing into its lungs." His attempts with this procedure met with success and apparently the bird recovered. However, once it was "set down", the confused and delirious turkey ran headlong against a wall. Historians believe this was one of the first cases of artificial respiration being used as a treatment of electric shock. With additional thundershowers this weekend, remember the rule from Uncle Pat, when you hear the thunder, head indoors. Another alert, this column is home delivered at www.PatShingleton.com.