There's a natural phenomenon known as β€œthundersnow”, which happens when thunderstorms form in wintry conditions, giving rise to heavy downpours of snow, thunder and lightning. metoffice.gov.uk/weather/…
400 copies of Metallica's "Ride The Lightning" album were accidentally printed in green instead of blue in France. These rare misprints are now considered collectors items. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rid…
In the United States, a person has an estimated 1:10,000-lifetime risk of being struck by lightning. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NB…
Lightning strikes on soil can form glass; the energy discharge melts silica and other sediments into deposits called fulgurites en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ful…
In 1998 There was a soccer match in the Democratic Republic of Congo between Bena Tshadi and Basangana teams. The Score was 1-1 when suddenly lightning struck the pitch during the match and killed all eleven Bena Tshadi players while the the athletes from Basanga came out unscathed. theguardian.com/football/…
The album cover to Aladdin Sane, featuring a lightning bolt across Bowie's face, was the most expensive cover ever made at the time. The image went through a dye transfer process, extensive airbrushing, and the plates were made up in Switzerland. amateurphotographer.co.uk…
Today I learned about Juliane Koepcke, who was in a plane over the Peruvian rainforest when lightning struck. She was ejected, still strapped in her seat, 2 miles to the ground and survived. She wandered for 10 days with maggots eating her wound. She finally found some men and was rescued. bbc.com/news/magazine-174…
During the filming of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ", Jim Caviezel - the actor portraying Jesus - endured accidental lashings, a dislocated shoulder, pneumonia, a lung infection, persistent migraines, and was ultimately struck by lightning. looper.com/107673/bizarre…
It rains diamonds in abundance on Saturn and Jupiter. These two planets are the largest in our solar system and are filled with gas with extreme negative temperatures that under the effect of lightning produced by thunderstorms produce more than 1000 tons of diamond every year. nypost.com/2013/10/15/its…
Today I learned of the 'Glacier Girl', a P-38 Lightning fighter that was recovered from underneath an ice sheet after 50 years and restored to flight en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gla…
Today I learned about the Beacon of Maracaibo where the so-called Catacumbo lightning strikes on average 28 times per minute, 9 hours a day, for roughly 300 nights per year. earthdata.nasa.gov/learn/…
β€œGadget” spent the night prior to the Trinity test atop a steel tower during a lighting storm. Had a lightning strike occurred, it could have prematurely detonated the world’s first atomic weapon. thebulletin.org/2020/07/i…
St. Elmo's Fire isn't fire or lightning and won't burn or shock you if you touch it. youtube.com/watch?v=cNYZW…
The biblical phrase "Fire and Brimstone" refers to the odor of sulphur dioxide from lightning strikes and the Hebrew word for "Brimstone" is translated to "sulphur" in several English versions of the Bible findanyanswer.com/why-is-…
Thunder, Lightning, Strike, the debut album from The Go! Team, had to be redone from top to bottom after its release because composer Ian Parton didn't bother getting any of the samples cleared. soundonsound.com/people/g…
The longest duration of a lightning flash was recorded at 7.7 seconds. vaisala.com/sites/default…
Lady Gaga didn't get her driver's license until age 30, and her first car (which she still drives) is a 1993 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning. thedrive.com/news/27027/d…
The crown of the General Electric Building in New York features four 50-foot-tall sculptures of electric deities holding forked lightning. The "rays" of the deities have the ability to light up at night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
During Ben Franklin’s famous kite experiment, the kite was not struck by visible lightning; had it been, Franklin would almost certainly have been killed. Instead, he noticed loose threads on the kite string were repelling each other and there was a spark when he moved his hand near the key. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kit…
An "Act of God" is a legal term concerning liability, where an unforeseen event like an earthquake, flood, lightning strike, etc., can diminish liability on damages, delays, or expenses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Act…
Benjamin Franklin's kite was NOT struck by lightning, but drew negative charges from a storm cloud. benjamin-franklin-history…
The phrase, "My postillion has been struck by lightning" is a parody of grammatically correct but useless or absurd sentences that are often found in phrasebooks and teachings. Versions of the phrase date back to the 19th century and jokes about it date to atleast 1916 in Punch magazine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
A AA battery exchanges over 100 times more charge than the average lightning bolt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Lightning can't strike the same place twice is a myth. It can, and often does strike the same place repeatedly. The Empire State Building gets struck about 25 times per year noaa.gov/stories/5-striki…
Montgomery, Alabama was the first city in the United States to install citywide electric street cars. The network was nicknamed "The Lightning Route". It operated for 50 years until April 15th, 1936 when it was retired to be replaced by buses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Today I learned about Roy Sullivan, a man who holds the record for being struck by lightning, with 7 times during his lifetime. After the 4th strike, he sought to run away from storms but couldn't escape. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy…
In 1985, while conducting Concorde's trial test flights, BA offered NATO to exercise on intercepting a fly-high supersonic bomber. all modern fighters, including F14, F15 and F16, failed to reach their target, except the 1950's EE Lightning, who intercepted the Concorde with ease. lightning.org.uk/oct04sot…
Apollo 12 was hit by lightning twice within a minute of launch, knocking out the command module instruments, lighting up nearly every warning light on the control panel and garbling the telemetry to mission control. Earlier training simulating such a failure allowed them to restore power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Lightning you see in the sky is actually only about an inch wide appearing giant only because its so bright en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lig…
The term "out of the blue" originates from lightning strikes out of the clear blue sky. weather.com/storms/severe…
A radio station organized a bonfire to burn Beatles records after they claimed they were "more popular than Jesus". The next day, the station’s broadcast tower was struck by lightning, damaging equipment and sending the news director to the hospital en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KLU…
In 1919 Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell was struck by lightning with one out remaining in a game, and after regaining consciousness, recorded the final out to win it. chautauquasportshalloffam…
Some lightning rods on the tops of buildings were made with radioactive materials. It was thought that the surrounding air, ionized by radiation would be more conductive and make the lightning rods more effective hps.org/publicinformation…
In August 1966, a few months after John Lennon claimed that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus," a radio station in Texas, USA had a "Beatles bonfire" and burned thousands of Beatles records in front of a crowd. The next day, the station's transmitter tower was struck by lightning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KAR…
Upon Apollo 12 being struck twice by lightning, it was feared that the explosive bolts which deployed the parachutes were critically damaged. This was not disclosed to the astronauts on board as there was little to be done which could remedy the possible issue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo…
Wildfires make clouds called pyrocumulus (fire cloud) as smoke rises and condenses in the upper atmosphere along with the water evaporating from burned plants. If it's big enough it becomes a pyrocumulonimbus (fire storm cloud) with its own wind system. lightning and even fire whirls (tornadoes) scijinks.gov/firestorm/
Capturing electricity from lightning would not only be inefficient, but also incredibly difficult. engineering.mit.edu/engag…
The wonderful smell that happens after a rain shower is not one, but three distinct smells: ozone caused by lightning ripping through oxygen and nitrogen in the atmosphere, spores produced by common ground bacteria, and oils produced by plants during dry spells as an evolutionary safeguard. gizmodo.com/what-causes-t…
Lightning is a long string of plasma. β€œOn discharge, a highly electrically conductive plasma channel is created within the air, and when current flows within this channel, it rapidly heats the air up to about 25,000Β°C. The lightning channel is an example of terrestrial plasma in action.” sciencelearn.org.nz/resou…
Lightning fertilizes plants. When lightning strikes, it rips nitrogen bonds in the atmosphere and the rains carry them into soil. indianapublicmedia.org/am…
Ball lightning is weird, actually real and deadly. The strange phenomenon of ball lightning appears during thunderstorms and has been known to break through windows, with nasty results. nationalgeographic.com/en…
Heat Lightning isn’t an actual type of lightning. It’s the reflection of lightning on clouds from a thunderstorm so distant (and obscured by hills, mountains, curvature of the Earth, etc.) that we can no longer hear the accompanying sound. farmersalmanac.com/what-i…
"dry lightning" and "heat lightning" are myths. They are actually just extremely distant thunderstorms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
Heat lighting isn’t real. It’s just lightning too far off in the distance to hear the accompanying thunder in a storm. whsv.com/content/news/Hea…
In 1919, during a baseball game, the pitcher (Ray Caldwell) was struck by a bolt of lightning. He stayed in to throw the complete game. baseballessential.com/new…
It's more likely that you'll die by a lightning strike than it is to die in a flood. medicaldaily.com/ways-die…
Cleveland Indians pitcher Ray Caldwell was struck by lightning in the middle of a game. He got up, finished the inning, and won the game. sabr.org/gamesproj/game/a…
Quigley Down Under and Lightning Jack are directed by the same person, one an American Cowboy in Australia, the other an Australian Cowboy in America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
Naturally occurring magnets (lodestones) are only formed when lightning strikes magnetite, an iron ore. theguardian.com/news/2011…
Hurricanes do not generally have thunder nor lightning - thunder and lightning are formed by vertical winds that cause water and ice to rub together, and most hurricane winds are horizontal lightningsfety.com/nlsi_i…

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