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(Ars Technica)   "I was struck by lightning, and I'm f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f-f... okay"   (arstechnica.com) divider line 52
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2013-05-24 10:01:50 AM
 
2013-05-24 10:06:15 AM

miss diminutive: Obligatory.


Holy shiat.  I did almost lose my coffee.
 
2013-05-24 10:11:18 AM

I_C_Weener: miss diminutive: Obligatory.

Holy shiat.  I did almost lose my coffee.


I honestly can't watch it and not crack up when it cuts back to the newscaster and he pauses and goes "well....". I've seen it over 20 times, same result.
 
2013-05-24 10:12:54 AM

miss diminutive: Obligatory.


That was hysterical
 
2013-05-24 10:16:38 AM

miss diminutive: I_C_Weener: miss diminutive: Obligatory.

Holy shiat.  I did almost lose my coffee.

I honestly can't watch it and not crack up when it cuts back to the newscaster and he pauses and goes "well....". I've seen it over 20 times, same result.


Same here. I can't watch it without at least cracking a huge grin as I suppress a laugh, which isn't good in an open office.

CSB:
When I was like 8 my family and I went on vacation to Cancun. Week long trip. We get back to our house and the first thing we notice when we pull in the driveway is a huge chunk of concrete was blown away on the corner of the house. About 2 feet tall and and 2 feet deep. My dad thought someone had hit our house or something until we went inside and realized every single electronic was broken. Nothing worked. TVs, refrigerator, washing machine, even the microwave. Turns out our house was struck by lightning while we were gone in the back yard. The current traveled all the way through the house (blowing electronics along the way) until it exited at the corner that was blown apart.

Our neighbor said he was taking a shower when the bolt hit and it literally blew him out of the shower. He had no clue what happened until he went out and saw our house. We were lucky nothing caught on fire.

/CSB
 
2013-05-24 10:23:25 AM
At this point, I still couldn't sit down, so I paced the house like a coked-out fratboy, clutching my heart while my wife Kris spoke with 911.

images.wikia.com

"Power at 400% capacity"
 
2013-05-24 10:25:06 AM
 
2013-05-24 10:41:59 AM
6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-

6 times?

6-6-6-6-66 times....in-in-in-in the head!
 
2013-05-24 10:51:52 AM

miss diminutive: Obligatory.


Never seen that one. I rolled, thanks.
 
2013-05-24 10:55:11 AM
i4.ytimg.com
 
2013-05-24 10:58:35 AM
I see Phlegmmo and Gecko Gingrich already covered it.  I'm always late to the party.
 
2013-05-24 11:30:01 AM

miss diminutive: Obligatory.


And we're done here.
 
2013-05-24 11:30:18 AM

Gecko Gingrich: 6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-

6 times?

6-6-6-6-66 times....in-in-in-in the head!


Came here for this!
 
2013-05-24 11:31:35 AM
Proof God despises hipsters as much as the rest of us.
 
2013-05-24 11:32:58 AM
imageshack.us

"pussy".
 
2013-05-24 11:33:15 AM

Gecko Gingrich: 6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-

6 times?

6-6-6-6-66 times....in-in-in-in the head!


Wow, six times!
 
2013-05-24 11:33:17 AM

miss diminutive: I_C_Weener: miss diminutive: Obligatory.

Holy shiat.  I did almost lose my coffee.

I honestly can't watch it and not crack up when it cuts back to the newscaster and he pauses and goes "well....". I've seen it over 20 times, same result.


hahahaha that was great. i lost it when they cut back to the guy. thanks i needed that laugh
 
2013-05-24 11:34:16 AM

miss diminutive: Obligatory.


made my morning.
 
2013-05-24 11:36:10 AM

Gecko Gingrich: 6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-

6 times?

6-6-6-6-66 times....in-in-in-in the head!


The best part about the clip is that bartender just goes about his business like ol' Reg tells the same story every day of his life.
 
2013-05-24 11:37:46 AM

miss diminutive: Obligatory.


that's the funniest damn thing I've ever seen.  The look on the anchor-mans face was priceless.
 
2013-05-24 11:39:57 AM
Came here to post what was already posted in the bhoobees.
 
2013-05-24 11:40:20 AM
T-t-t-t-t-t-t-t   H-hello
 
2013-05-24 11:40:26 AM
I have my doubts it was a direct hit......especially with him sitting indoors.  I am labeling this a Lightning Near Hit.
 
2013-05-24 11:44:35 AM

miss diminutive: Obligatory.


this needs it's own thread by itself.
 
2013-05-24 11:46:13 AM
... walkin' down the street
 
2013-05-24 11:49:56 AM

miss diminutive: Obligatory.


I love that. It's been awhile since I've seen it.

/normally I hate everything, so this is a start
 
2013-05-24 11:51:15 AM
Bald headed bear wanted for questioning.
 
2013-05-24 11:51:58 AM
So today I learned about Lichtenberg scars and now I want to be struck by lightning because those things are seriously badass.  That might be the only reason I would ever consider getting a tattoo...to highlight the scar left by one of those bad boys.
 
2013-05-24 11:55:29 AM
What about his placenta?
 
2013-05-24 11:57:04 AM
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2013-05-24 11:57:59 AM
Done in one. +1
 
2013-05-24 12:28:47 PM
I was in a near strike situation on a pool deck where I could feel a charge run up my feet into my body via the wet deck. The phobia thing he described is real and it sucks. Jump like a lil girl whenever I hear a crack of thunder
 
2013-05-24 12:42:27 PM

karnal: I have my doubts it was a direct hit......especially with him sitting indoors.  I am labeling this a Lightning Near Hit.


Nah, it just sounds like a low-power bolt; somehow a good chunk of the energy was dissipated during the strike and didn't actually flow across his skin, but it sure sounds like some did. He acted as a human lightning rod, essentially.

It's hilarious that he was pacing and muttering like a tweaker right afterward. Wonder if it will have any long term mental effects?
 
2013-05-24 12:50:04 PM

Gecko Gingrich: 6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-

6 times?

6-6-6-6-66 times....in-in-in-in the head!


That movie is a god damn classic and it is an absolute shame kids today will not enjoy comedy on that level.
 
2013-05-24 01:02:24 PM

jayphat: Gecko Gingrich: 6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-

6 times?

6-6-6-6-66 times....in-in-in-in the head!

That movie is a god damn classic and it is an absolute shame kids today will not enjoy comedy on that level.


Once I get the dessert down him, you think we can throw in a couple shirts and hats for the kids?

/totally agree
 
2013-05-24 01:06:20 PM

Carn: Once I get the dessert down him, you think we can throw in a couple shirts and hats for the kids?


"Look at the maggots on that meat!"
 
2013-05-24 01:08:09 PM

foxyshadis: karnal: I have my doubts it was a direct hit......especially with him sitting indoors.  I am labeling this a Lightning Near Hit.

Nah, it just sounds like a low-power bolt; somehow a good chunk of the energy was dissipated during the strike and didn't actually flow across his skin, but it sure sounds like some did. He acted as a human lightning rod, essentially.

It's hilarious that he was pacing and muttering like a tweaker right afterward. Wonder if it will have any long term mental effects?


He has an erection that won't quit.
 
2013-05-24 01:14:27 PM
I was struck by lightning 28 years ago. My hair is still frizzy.
 
2013-05-24 01:25:40 PM

phlegmmo: Carn: Once I get the dessert down him, you think we can throw in a couple shirts and hats for the kids?

"Look at the maggots on that meat!"


What sold me in that scene was the look on the cooks face when he said "there's nothing but grissle and fat left!"
 
2013-05-24 01:26:57 PM

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Came for this, leaving satisfied.

/IT'S IN THE HOLE~!
 
2013-05-24 01:28:29 PM

jayphat: phlegmmo: Carn: Once I get the dessert down him, you think we can throw in a couple shirts and hats for the kids?

"Look at the maggots on that meat!"

What sold me in that scene was the look on the cooks face when he said "there's nothing but grissle and fat left!"


"He aint done yet!"

And the birthday party scene... way underrated.
 
2013-05-24 01:53:10 PM
Lightning can strange.  Our first house was part of a new development and right after we moved in the house across the street had a strike on its chimney.  It traveled down the flue and caused tile on the mantle to blow apart, sending shards across the room.  This was due to the moisture still present in the grout and backing.  Fortunately nobody was struck by the lightning or tile.
 
2013-05-24 02:17:19 PM
RAT FARTS!
 
2013-05-24 02:29:11 PM
FTFA: Neighbors blocks away later told my wife they heard the enormous boom and knew it was very close. "That would be my husband," she replied.

/DAMN, I've heard some people are loud when they fark, but this must be Zeus
 
2013-05-24 03:03:38 PM

karnal: I have my doubts it was a direct hit......especially with him sitting indoors.  I am labeling this a Lightning Near Hit.


Tallies pretty well with a fair amount of other lightning stories I've heard/read/whatever actually.  Seems not all strikes effect people the same way, or people react differently to getting hit - hard to say which or both as research is a bit hard to conduct for fairly obvious reasons.  But yeah he sounds like some others I've seen where people took an inside a building hit with a lot of rock or similar around to not so much conduct but soak up the hit after it wings through them.  As stated earlier he was probably more just a conductor very briefly, rather than your more common outdoor deal where you are a conductor standing on more conductors and get a long enough to make you a french fry pass through.

Course, fark knows really - none of us were there.  But his story and the effects described aren't at all inconsistent with that kinda shot as far as I've seen them detailed.
 
2013-05-24 03:52:07 PM
Are there any side effects?

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2013-05-24 04:00:06 PM
what a pussy

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2013-05-24 04:40:50 PM
Seen fleeing the scene...

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2013-05-24 05:02:01 PM
But as Kyle Hill writes in a blog post, "If lightning has burned its way through a mile or more of air (which is a superb insulator), it is hardly logical to believe that a few millimeters of any insulating material will be protective... I tend to believe that there would be little effect from whatever is on the bottom of your feet."

Air is a superb insulator.  Ionized air, on the other hand, is a superb conductor.  Lighting starts with electricity trickling down ionized channels in the air (possibly started by cosmic rays) that eventually form a path from sky to earth.  When there's a large imbalance in static charge between them, it's like closing an electric circuit--there's a massive surge of amperage through the ionized channel, the actual "lighting strike" that we see.

Even a modest amount of electrical insulation will prevent the circuit from closing (or at least, result in the closure happening elsewhere).  This is why, for example, when you're driving in a lightning storm you're actually safest inside the car--the rubber tires prevent your car from becoming part of the circuit.

Of course, wearing rubber boots is no excuse to be standing out in the rain waiting to get struck.
 
2013-05-24 05:45:13 PM
I work for a company that makes lightning detectors. When I was interviewing, I asked the engineers what, if anything, they did differently knowing what the did about lighting.

One of them replied that he is very aware of lightning safety and is always under shelter at the first hint of a storm. He does this because, as he explained, it would be embarrassing as hell to be in the obituary page as the lighting detector guy who was struck and killed by lightning.
 
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