You might think a "conversation with a woman who hunts for gravestones with epitaphs describing death by lightning strike" would be of limited interest, but you would be wrong. I mean, it is not of limitless interest either, but it wouldn't kill you to give it a shot.
1. If you leave an umbrella outside during a storm, it is probably best to let it remain there. 2. If you do go out to get it, try not to get hit by lightning. 3. If you are hit by lightning, try to be near a stainless steel sink. 4. Getting hit by lightning feels like having a hangover.
Previously: "Why Do You Keep Getting Hit By Lightning?"
Photo by Nathan Vaughn
With every plane incident comes the terrible press. You can understand why: there is a disaster, and a deadline-and hours (or really, months!) before any decent information comes in. Since the missing Air France flight is presumed crashed, and now "probably struck by lightning" is making headlines, it seems a good time to note that "It is estimated that on average, each airplane in the U.S. commercial fleet is struck lightly by lightning more than once each year." The other useful statistic is that there has been no commercial airline disaster caused by lightning since 1967-although that's somewhat misleading!
"The probability is infinitesimal. The closest approximation is certainly zero." -UNC statistician Ross Leadbetter on the chances of being both struck by lightning and mauled by a bear. Meet Rick Oliver, the North Carolina minister who defied the odds and managed to experience both of those things.