Close encounter with a lightning bolt

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+14 1. loadrunner commented 10 years ago

Making you realise, you should never hide under a tree.

If we could collect that kind of power.. :O
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+26 2. rootkit commented 10 years ago

#1, obvious fact is obvious. :)
When you lack a Faraday cage, laying down as flat as possible is the best option in order to minimize contact surface.

By the way, astonishing and creepy as it is, the freeze frame reminds me of a Christmas tree. o.O
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+22 3. smi commented 10 years ago

Merry Christmas :)
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-1 4. Geekster (admin) commented 10 years ago

Now DAT' waz close !! :x
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0 5. Severd_nerv commented 10 years ago

NO....I wont say it!!!!! i MUSNT Say it.....i SHouldnt Say it!!!!......Awww who am i kidding :P "SHOCKING" There i said it...phew God that feels better!!! >:) >:)
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+8 6. Sizzlik (admin) commented 10 years ago

Tree probably thinkin "Dont taze me bro!!" :P ..sorry had to make a lame joke too =)
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+1 7. leolazer commented 10 years ago

Good lesson in the end - Not to stand under a tree during a thunderstorm.
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+7 8. Vintage4life commented 10 years ago


You sir are wrong..

If you are in an open field WITH a ditch/hole, lay down flat in the ditch, this way you are lower then the rest of the field an lightning ( taking the shortest route to earth ) will likely strike somewhere else.

If there are NO ditches, crouch down with your head between your knees and try to become as small as possible.

DO NOT, i repeat DO NOT lie flat!

Djeez, i'm spending WAY to much time outdoors to know these FACTS..
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+2 9. Teqskater commented 10 years ago

#8 It's not about shortest distance. It's a factor. True, but the real rule here is "the path of the least electrical resistance". If you lay down in a ditch full of non-clean water you are more likely to get hit then when you are lying on the ground near that ditch. Just because non-clean water conducts electricity more then most other objects.
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+4 10. gringo commented 10 years ago

to #8 & #9 I remember an incident that happened in my town a couple of years ago: it was summer and from a sunny day suddenly developed a storm, and one poor guy running from the beach looking for cover from the rain was hit by a thunder and sadly died. There were other people around, and cars and houses. Nobody knew why he was hit but later they found out that he was carrying a bag full of mobile phones, from his friends (was only one with a bag i suppose and everybody gave phones to save them from rain). Experts explained that the electro-magnetic field all those phones created was what attracted the thunder. I say it's either that or very bad luck.
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+3 11. huldu commented 10 years ago

Oh yes... not a good idea to hide under a tree, it applies to animals as well:

11 cows died when hiding under a tree. The cows were clustered together tightly so they all got fried.
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+4 12. ZaMpTi commented 10 years ago

#6 best lame joke so far ;)
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+2 13. rootkit commented 10 years ago

#8, you are right, I withdraw my advice. The reason for crouching down with your head between your knees is rather logically. You minimize the area of contact, step voltage is the buzz word here.
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-2 14. master_shake commented 10 years ago

#13 no, you put your head between your knees to kiss your butt goodbye. >:) >:)
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+1 15. cretia commented 10 years ago

regardless of the situation the further away from a lightning storm the better for "the path of the least electrical resistance" Factors that contribute are the higher up and closer to the cloud you are, then the better chance you have of getting fried depending on the resistivity of the object being human concrete or a steel tower and the ( amount of negative charges in the lower clouds)
Thats why in a field the taller trees ,buildings and other structures always get hit being the shorter path for the electricity to flow
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+1 16. GoFr3t commented 10 years ago

Perfect Woodland Critter christmas tree!! :D
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0 17. buckleg08 commented 2 years ago

because...fack that tree...:P