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2014-03-02 08:54:40 PM  
It's a little known fact that dental floss repels lightning.
 
2014-03-02 08:57:35 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-02 08:57:46 PM  
There is no lightening in canada?
 
2014-03-02 08:59:16 PM  
timenewsfeed.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-03-02 09:01:52 PM  
Except all those places where there's "no data".
 
2014-03-02 09:02:46 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-02 09:08:48 PM  
What's wrong with Montana?
 
2014-03-02 09:09:07 PM  
http://maps.google.com/gallery/details?id=z4f-ZuCLmiKg.k5QgnA8lQKYM&hl =en

"Lighting hazard?" Would that be incandescent or fluorescent?
 
2014-03-02 09:09:59 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: It's a little known fact that dental floss repels lightning.



Even if your holding Zircon encrusted tweezers?
 
2014-03-02 09:13:21 PM  
Oh, look, a population map.
 
2014-03-02 09:15:28 PM  

Savage Belief: What's wrong with Montana?

Subby is probably a big fan of urban areas, or he doesn't like white people.
The nature there is absolutely stunning and I really want to see it, especially Glacier National Park. I have trouble believing such a beautiful place can exist in this world.
 
2014-03-02 09:16:20 PM  
Lying map lies poorly.
 
2014-03-02 09:18:26 PM  

harryhardhat: There is no lightening in canada?


Lightning !?! We Have SNOW, and we like it !!! GDSM !
 
2014-03-02 09:18:56 PM  
www.southbayriders.com

I would like to have seen Montana.
 
2014-03-02 09:25:21 PM  
www.marijuana.com

What's wrong with Montana?
 
2014-03-02 09:30:32 PM  
Front range of Colorado seems to get a lot of lightning but the real damage is done by the hail.

/car dimples
 
2014-03-02 09:31:58 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: Savage Belief: What's wrong with Montana?
Subby is probably a big fan of urban areas, or he doesn't like white people.
The nature there is absolutely stunning and I really want to see it, especially Glacier National Park. I have trouble believing such a beautiful place can exist in this world.


I've been to the Billings part of the state.  It's just a ridiculous place, and that's the less scenic part of it.

\also, why the bloody hell does NO ONE in my region apparently understand how the fark to avoid the threat of lightning?
 
2014-03-02 09:32:03 PM  
Probably due to the low ocurrents of ac/dc
 
2014-03-02 09:32:44 PM  
You never forget your first lightning strike.
Ft. Pierce Inlet, FL. July 27, 1987.
Not even hung-over yet in the morning.

THOR landed on deck. The little boats scattered.

*Off Ft. Lauderdale
*call it Miami
*Gulf of Mexico
*Nantucket Sound.

Sailboats.

You always remember your first time.
 
2014-03-02 09:39:26 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: It's a little known fact that dental floss repels lightning.


Unlikely, or Britain would get far more than the 3 deaths a year from lightning strikes
 
2014-03-02 09:44:04 PM  

DarkVader: Oh, look, a population map.


Except for the Bay Area, where a lightning-producing storm is a major news event.
 
2014-03-02 09:45:31 PM  
I suspect the author is misinterpreting the map. Rather than the number of strikes it appears to attempt to depict the cost of resulting damage from lightning strikes.

For example, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in NE Minnesota is not densely populated or susceptible to an inordinate number of strikes. The map depicts tens of thousands of acres burned as the result of a lightning strike.
 
2014-03-02 09:46:10 PM  
i199.photobucket.com">

/would hit it like a bolt of lightning
//don't judge me
 
2014-03-02 09:47:24 PM  

Sgygus: Front range of Colorado seems to get a lot of lightning but the real damage is done by the hail.

/car dimples


I was a bit surprised last week when we had lightning, hail and then snow...I'm not sure if the weather people predicted that or not but in real time my phone and every weather website I saw just said it was "cloudy."
 
2014-03-02 09:48:45 PM  

Senseless_drivel: I suspect the author is misinterpreting the map. Rather than the number of strikes it appears to attempt to depict the cost of resulting damage from lightning strikes.

For example, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in NE Minnesota is not densely populated or susceptible to an inordinate number of strikes. The map depicts tens of thousands of acres burned as the result of a lightning strike.


I saw the map and looking at St. Louis County I figured that was probably the result...obviously there is a lot of land area there but having been out there during a lightning storm it's pretty scary if you're on the water and a storm rolls up on you out of nowhere.
 
2014-03-02 09:50:26 PM  
The map counts "events", which apparently includes injuries and fatalities. So, no people = no events. That's why the map basically looks like a population map.
 
2014-03-02 09:52:48 PM  
Lives in Montana, Glacier area, been struck twice within 3 minutes on top of a mountain.
 
2014-03-02 09:57:16 PM  

jonny_q: The map counts "events", which apparently includes injuries and fatalities. So, no people = no events. That's why the map basically looks like a population map.


This.  It isn't a map of lightning strikes per capita, it's a map of lightning strikes.  Period.

More people, more lightning strikes.

That's why Eastern NC has a shiatload of lightning (8PM almost every summer night, light clockwork) but no strikes.  No people.
 
2014-03-02 10:01:41 PM  
Obligatory XKCD:

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-03-02 10:02:02 PM  
Not sure what the deal with with Montana.... Nevada has even less, which I find a bit surprising, considering how hot it can get there.
 
2014-03-02 10:05:59 PM  

God-is-a-Taco: I have trouble believing such a beautiful place can exist in this world.


It's not too shabby:

drewblood.com
 
2014-03-02 10:28:10 PM  
Here's a map showing actual strikes from cloud to ground:

images.tbd.com
 
2014-03-02 10:28:33 PM  
i.lv3.hbo.com

Read the headline in his voice...
 
2014-03-02 10:31:05 PM  
Montana is a terrible place, and you should all stay as far away as possible.
 
2014-03-02 10:33:17 PM  

wiredroach: God-is-a-Taco: I have trouble believing such a beautiful place can exist in this world.

It's not too shabby:

[drewblood.com image 850x560]


No, it's awful. Whatever you do, don't come to Montana. <shudder>
img.fark.net
 
2014-03-02 10:34:50 PM  
Hannah Montana can control lightning?
 
2014-03-02 10:37:12 PM  
I mean, just look how run-down the place is:

img.fark.net
 
2014-03-02 10:40:30 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: Montana is a terrible place, and you should all stay as far away as possible.


^ It's horrible there. Full of misplaced Californians.
 
2014-03-02 10:40:34 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: It's a little known fact that dental floss repels lightning.


Dental Floss Tycoon?
 
2014-03-02 10:46:09 PM  
I've been in 43 states.

Montana is the best one.
 
2014-03-02 10:49:44 PM  

jmr61: I've been in 43 states.



Let's see... I've been in the states of inebriation, undress, confusion, shock, disrepair, the union, and a whole bunch I either can't or won't recount.

/good times
 
gja
2014-03-02 10:51:10 PM  
Pinellas County FL. Lightning capital of the world.
 
2014-03-02 10:53:46 PM  
I shot this right after an intense lightning storm between Helena and Great Falls.

img.fark.net

As you can see, it's completely ruined.
 
2014-03-02 10:57:19 PM  
What a shiathole.

img.fark.net
 
2014-03-02 11:12:06 PM  
They named a state after a quarterback? What's next, the Commonwealth of Favre? North Brady? New Elway? And yes, the capitol of Peyton is Omaha.
 
2014-03-02 11:13:05 PM  

harryhardhat: There is no lightening in canada?


Every morning at daybreak.
 
2014-03-02 11:18:48 PM  
static.nfl.com

You'd think having 4 Super Bowl trophies would make him more of a lighting rod. :/
 
Sio
2014-03-02 11:27:53 PM  

orangehat: I was a bit surprised last week when we had lightning, hail and then snow...I'm not sure if the weather people predicted that or not but in real time my phone and every weather website I saw just said it was "cloudy."


Welcome to Colorado... :)
 
2014-03-02 11:46:55 PM  

Sio: orangehat: I was a bit surprised last week when we had lightning, hail and then snow...I'm not sure if the weather people predicted that or not but in real time my phone and every weather website I saw just said it was "cloudy."

Welcome to Colorado... :)


I've been here for some time, I've seen the lightning and snow before...just not in February.  I thought maybe someone was carrying something heavy and dropped it.  After 3 more I went to check out what was going on...I've got loud neighbors so I figured it was people making the noise.
 
2014-03-02 11:53:38 PM  

Marcellinus: Fuggin Bizzy: Montana is a terrible place, and you should all stay as far away as possible.

^ It's horrible there. Full of misplaced Californians.


That seems to be a common theme with some "flyover" states. Californians farked up their own state, raised the cost of living, taxes, added mounts of onerous rules. And then when faced with the truth of what they did, they decide to move...and start it all over in another state. Moving out of California is fine, but please leave your California ways with you. We don't don't want your taxes, programs, gun bans or high prices. If you do, stay in Cali.
 
2014-03-03 12:16:25 AM  
I was raised in Montana..... and we had lightning ALL THE DAMNED TIME!!!!  Figures lie, and liars figure ;)
 
2014-03-03 12:39:41 AM  
We don't don't want your taxes, programs, gun bans or high prices.

Typical, welcoming western attitude.  At a population density of six per square mile I'm sure you'll be falling all over those that leave California for your fine state.

I see this in most agrarian states, that hatefulattitude towards "Outsiders" and a lack of understanding that we're all Americans.
 
2014-03-03 12:42:13 AM  
Ah, home.

I can guarantee that there's plenty of lighting in Montana. I can remember going out as a volunteer fire cadet in high school, and fighting woodland and grassfires started by lightning. Awesome summer work, $10 an hour if you did it on federal land, bupkis otherwise.

A tree I knew got struck by lighting, blew the bark off half of it, and left a giant gouge in the wood below. Started a fire that burned 300 acres before anyone noticed.

The three most common fire causes I remember were Lightning, cigarettes, and this one guy's asshole dad.
 
2014-03-03 12:48:59 AM  

taurusowner: Marcellinus: Fuggin Bizzy: Montana is a terrible place, and you should all stay as far away as possible.

^ It's horrible there. Full of misplaced Californians.

That seems to be a common theme with some "flyover" states. Californians farked up their own state, raised the cost of living, taxes, added mounts of onerous rules. And then when faced with the truth of what they did, they decide to move...and start it all over in another state. Moving out of California is fine, but please leave your California ways with you. We don't don't want your taxes, programs,


You already have taxes and programs.

gun bans or

Let us know what guns are banned in California that aren't in the rest of the USA

high prices

Prices are high because jobs pay a lot

If you do, stay in Cali.

DURP!

/you're probably trolling but impossible to tell
 
2014-03-03 01:05:34 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: Here's a map showing actual strikes from cloud to ground:

[images.tbd.com image 606x431]


This one is a lot more believable.  We get almost no lightning here in the PacNW, and I somehow doubt Death Valley is that big a target, too.
 
2014-03-03 01:36:48 AM  

a particular individual: wiredroach: God-is-a-Taco: I have trouble believing such a beautiful place can exist in this world.

It's not too shabby:

[drewblood.com image 850x560]

No, it's awful. Whatever you do, don't come to Montana. <shudder>
[img.fark.net image 764x331]


And so it's kind of pretty in a desolate sort of way.

But what is there to do?  Any good bands playing there, any theatre, any good brewpubs in that area?  Ok, how about we take in a museum or three?  How far do I have to walk to get to a good sushi bar?  Indian restaurant?  Ethiopian?  All right, how about just some classic French cuisine, how many blocks away is that?  A good deli, maybe?  And then someplace with a good DJ for some late night clubbing?

Looks like Billings might be sort of a city.  But that's just about all that's there.
 
2014-03-03 01:54:16 AM  
img.fark.net
Doesn't like you...
 
2014-03-03 01:55:12 AM  

Begoggle: Let us know what guns are banned in California that aren't in the rest of the USA


Ok, maybe not outright bans, but serious restrictions and other idiotic hurdles.

http://www.keepandbeararms.com/newsarchives/XcNewsPlus.asp?cmd=view& ar ticleid=309

Never mind all the stupid little other restrictions, such as caliber (no .50 BMG, so Ronnie Barrett canceled the CHP's orders for other weapons from his company), or the restrictions on pistol grips on a rifle, necessitating something like this to be legal.  Notice that filler panel between the grip and the stock.

www.mynameisfoxtrot.com

img178.imageshack.us

This one doesn't look as girly, but its still silly.
 
2014-03-03 02:30:41 AM  
I was born in Deer Lodge.
 
2014-03-03 02:32:13 AM  
So when do you plan to become part of a, "well regulated militia?"
 
2014-03-03 03:00:06 AM  

aleister_greynight: So when do you plan to become part of a, "well regulated militia?"


And thanks for illustrating the point. Stay in Cali.
 
2014-03-03 03:28:09 AM  
DarkVader:

And so it's kind of pretty in a desolate sort of way.

But what is there to do?  Any good bands playing there, any theatre, any good brewpubs in that area?  Ok, how about we take in a museum or three?  How far do I have to walk to get to a good sushi bar?  Indian restaurant?  Ethiopian?  All right, how about just some classic French cuisine, how many blocks away is that?  A good deli, maybe?  And then someplace with a good DJ for some late night clubbing?

Looks like Billings might be sort of a city.  But that's just about all that's there.


You're looking for Missoula.
 
2014-03-03 05:14:00 AM  

Badafuco: I was born in Deer Lodge.


I'm so sorry.
 
2014-03-03 05:51:48 AM  
I've been to 43 states.  Montana lightnings like a motherfarker. This map lies.
 
2014-03-03 07:40:57 AM  
So more densely populated areas have more people stuck by lightning? huh...
Next you'll try and tell me places with more cars have more car accidents.
 
2014-03-03 10:46:24 AM  

Savage Belief: What's wrong with Montana?


Montana is dangerous. If you have to visit, stick to the relatively safe national parks. Better to be scalded in a yellowstone hot spring or gored by a bison than to witness the horrors of the deep, dark interior.

/here there be dragons
 
2014-03-03 10:52:12 AM  

DarkVader: And so it's kind of pretty in a desolate sort of way.

But what is there to do?

Any good bands playing there, any theatre, any good brewpubs in that area?


I'm not sure what good music is to you (you mention looking for a good DJ, so I'm guessing "not much"), but I've seen Foo Fighters, Lyle Lovett, Wilco, the Decemberists, etc. The Stones have played Montana. Yo Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman too. We have occasional theater but nothing on a big scale. As for beer, Montana is currently #3 per capita for brewpubs nationwide, so you won't have trouble finding a good beer.


Ok, how about we take in a museum or three?

We have small but top-notch museums, including the Yellowstone Art Museum and the Museum of the Rockies, which features one of the best paleontology programs anywhere, headed up by Jack Horner, no less.

How far do I have to walk to get to a good sushi bar? Indian restaurant? Ethiopian? All right, how about just some classic French cuisine, how many blocks away is that? A good deli, maybe? And then someplace with a good DJ for some late night clubbing?

You can find decent sushi in all of our larger towns...Missoula and Bozo have most of the rest. I don't know where to go for a "good DJ", but then again, I don't care.

There's plenty we don't have much of here, of course...traffic, pollution, assholes, etc. Your mileage may vary.

And Montana is pretty, in an amazing sort of way. a particular individual's photo, good as it is, doesn't do that location justice, and it's not even one of the most spectacular parts of the state.
 
2014-03-03 12:50:29 PM  

wiredroach: I'm not sure what good music is to you (you mention looking for a good DJ, so I'm guessing "not much"), but I've seen Foo Fighters, Lyle Lovett, Wilco, the Decemberists, etc. The Stones have played Montana.


Big Sky Brewery - Knopfler and Dylan were at the Big Sky Brewery.  Would have loved to get in on that one (more for Knopfer than Dylan, but that is me...)
 
2014-03-03 02:37:18 PM  

HeadLever: wiredroach: I'm not sure what good music is to you (you mention looking for a good DJ, so I'm guessing "not much"), but I've seen Foo Fighters, Lyle Lovett, Wilco, the Decemberists, etc. The Stones have played Montana.

Big Sky Brewery - Knopfler and Dylan were at the Big Sky Brewery.  Would have loved to get in on that one (more for Knopfer than Dylan, but that is me...)


Yeah, Dylan played GF a while back, too. I forgot about that one.
 
2014-03-03 03:19:42 PM  
IC Stars:

Montana is dangerous. If you have to visit, stick to the relatively safe national parks. Better to be scalded in a yellowstone hot spring or gored by a bison than to witness the horrors of the deep, dark interior.

/here there be dragons


... and the Mounted Montana Militia

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-03 03:54:04 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: Montana is a terrible place, and you should all stay as far away as possible.


I bet you....
* checks profile *

/I knew it.

//I love Montana.
 
2014-03-03 03:58:08 PM  
orangehat:

I was a bit surprised last week when we had lightning, hail and then snow...I'm not sure if the weather people predicted that or not but in real time my phone and every weather website I saw just said it was "cloudy."


We had snow and lightning two weeks ago in North Central, WI.  It's unusual, but it happens.
 
2014-03-03 05:34:54 PM  

SpinStopper: I was raised in Montana..... and we had lightning ALL THE DAMNED TIME!!!!  Figures lie, and liars figure ;)


Way too much for me. I am afraid of lightning. And thunder.
Montana is a horrible place. Stay away.
 
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