Blind Man Spontaneously Regains Sight After 30 Years


Here's a unique twist on the Rip-van-Winkle phenomenon.

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     Posted By: Paul - Wed Aug 01, 2012
     Category: 1930s | Time-travel | Natural Wonders | Eyes and Vision

Type regain vision lightning into google. Sorry I can't post the link. The first result listed was a link to a man who regained both his sight and hearing after a lightning strike.
Posted by BMN on 08/01/12 at 09:55 AM
Looks like an Ernie Kovacs "Strangely Believe Its". Notice how news reports dealing with medical situations have changed little in their use of terminology - "... and an optic nerve was paralyzed."
Posted by KDP on 08/01/12 at 01:25 PM
How could he have spent £10,000 if he lived in Ohio? The clipping below is from Schenectady NY, but is the clipping above from a British newspaper, perchance?
Posted by Robert on 08/01/12 at 02:26 PM
He regained his sight?! That is a wonderful thing. What a lucky man.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 08/01/12 at 09:14 PM
I can understand this guy's situation. It had to be a unique experience.

From 1899 till 1930 the changes in the world were great. My grandfather was born in 1902 in Montana. We have photos of him driving a team of mules. By the time he died men had walked on the moon, there was a computer (many times stronger than Brainiac) in every home, and people were using spare parts taken from donors.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/01/12 at 11:46 PM
Same deal with my late FIL, Expat. When he was young, people believed that if a human traveled faster than a galloping horse, their lungs would explode.

Imagine what it would be like if you had gone blind in 1979, and just now regained your sight. You could have been spared having to look at 80s hair, for a start...
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 08/02/12 at 09:38 AM
You're right, Scottie, there hasn't been much worth looking at since the 60's. (There are exceptions, however :coolsmile: )
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/02/12 at 09:44 AM
It's very strange that he couldn't connect things he surely knew with the way they'd look. Living in Chicago in 1930, he couldn't conceive of a skyscraper? He was married and he thought women still dressed as Gibson girls? He was clean-shaven and he was shocked that other men were also clean-shaven?
Posted by ges on 08/03/12 at 12:37 AM
It's called "reporting", GES and, as we all know, here at WU, the 1st (and most important) requirement to be a really, really good reporter is to have a lobotomy so facts don't interfere with a good story.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 08/03/12 at 12:40 AM
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