There are 200 lightning flashes a second, every second, or half a billion a month since the Earth formed. If it never strikes the same place twice, will Thor have to start looking for moving targets? If so, how good are YOUR chances of making through it to 2017 without getting singed? Any ideas about portable lightning rods?


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Jann Nikka Profile
Jann Nikka answered

My chances are 1:2,000,000,000,000 I will not be struck by lightning in 2017. In fact I'll probably win a lottery and I know no one :)))))

Lightning rods, best carry a Lightsaber.

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Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
What a revolutionary idea. It didn't even occur to me. With a light sabre you could fight back. Duelling with the ancient gods! This is the stuff of legend, Jan. :)
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KB Baldwin Profile
KB Baldwin answered

Lightening can strike in the same place, and often does.  As for a personal lightening rod, watch the golfing the rain scene from Caddyshack. 

Ancient Hippy Profile
Ancient Hippy answered

If I'm outside on a stormy day, I just make sure that I'm standing next to someone taller than me.

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Ancient Hippy
Ancient Hippy commented
That'll work Didge. Or, you could buy her a new hat with a built in lightning rod and tell her it's the latest fashion.
Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
I ran the idea of platform shoes past her after I posted it here. She nipped that in the bud really fast. She's not really into hats. I wonder if she'd like a parasol?
Ancient Hippy
Ancient Hippy commented
Yep. A metal framed parasol with metallic fabric would do the trick.
Virginia Lou Profile
Virginia Lou answered

Hi Didge,

Ima add that to my list of things to worry about. ALREADY I realized that since I have never been struck by lightning before, my name is surely about to bubble to the top of Thor's list of prospective targets.

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Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
I only have to duck and weave for ten years max. By that time, if some microbe or another hasn't got me, I'll probably welcome a lightning strike. :)
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PJ Stein answered

I live in Central Florida, the lightning capital of the US. With the seabreezes blowing moisture in from both the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico storms build up snd then explode every afternoon in the warmer 6 months of the year.

I have actually heard the tv weatherman say that they don't know how many lightning strikes there were during a storm  because they had maxed out the counter and they could see new ones happening.

I see no use for a portable lightning rod. As long as there are trees and buildings I should be good.

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Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
But Thor can be very devious, Gator. Sneaky. If he wants you he's gonna trap you outside, sooner or later. Stay safe. :)

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