towAt 02:55 PM 6/7/98 EDT, you wrote:
>> Dear Doctor Science,
>> Does lightning really never strike twice in the same place? Or is
>> 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
>> 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.
There was a story just posted on a local wx history info board about a guy
who was struck by lightning in the early 70's and the event unfortunatly
left him completely blind. In the early 80's about eleven years later he
was struck by lightning AGAIN!
You guessed it, this time his sight was completely restored! Can you
imagine his joy!
de ... N1MSV
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