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[TowerTalk] The light side of lightning - old wive's tale revealed

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Subject: [TowerTalk] The light side of lightning - old wive's tale revealed
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Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 14:55:24 EDT
      From an anonymous TowerTalkian. You be the judge.

Cheers,  Steve   K7LXC

> From: []
> Sent: Thursday, May 28, 1998 2:14 AM
> To:
> Subject:      Lightning Strikes
> Dear Doctor Science,
> Does lightning really never strike twice in the same place?  Or is
> this
> an old wive's tale?  And, by the way, who are those old wives?
> Are they scientists?
> -- Don M. , Grosse Pointe, Michigan
> Lightning not only strikes twice in the same place, it can strike as
> many as a dozen times in the same place. And the same place is the
> worst place you can be in a thunderstorm.  It's best to leap about
> randomly during a thunderstorm. That's what the old wives do.  They
> only tell people lightning never strikes twice in the same place so
> everyone else will stand in the same place, thus keeping out of the
> way
> of old wives as they hop about dodging lightning bolts. The old wives
> are pretty cagey and science owes much to them - such as how much is
> saved with a stitch in time and how many times a horse can cross the
> same river. The same river, by the way, is much safer than the same
> place in a thunderstorm, but you can't cross it twice. 
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