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Wednesday 30 July 2008

Don't Try This at Home

As a lifelong lover of thunderstorms, I am fortunate that where I live, there are plenty, especially around July and some of them are pretty dramatic. I have often wished I could photograph lightning, and it would seem that these days with easily available video recording that getting some lightning pictures should be much simpler.

No doubt the girl in the video below felt the same way until things went a bit pear-shaped.

According to the Gizmodo article where I found this video she survived the experience; like Benjamin Franklin* she was very lucky.

Until the next time

*Benjamin Franklin set out to prove that lightning was caused by electricity. His experiment consisted of flying a kit into a thundercloud. The end of the kite's string was tied to a metal key. Also tied to the key was a short length of silk cord which Franklin imagined would insulate him from lightning. He was able to draw sparks from the key to his knuckle thus proving his theory. Someone else tried the same idea some time later. Toast.

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