• aeronmelon@lemmy.world
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    What’s the opposite of a Darwin Award? Something to give people who survive random acts of nature.

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      I mean, they walked in the middle of the street with a metal pole raised up during a thunderstorm.

      I guess they were dumb but lucky to survive.

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        Those are umbrellas, and there are much higher metal poles in the surrounding buildings. I don’t think this would qualify for a Darwin award if they died, it’s the usual thing to go out with an umbrella in storms.

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          It’s a usual thing to stay inside during a thunderstorm, like the people in the background do. No wonder so many people get hit by lightning every year.

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            Do you take your day off every time there’s a thunderstorm? Or do you arrive soaked at work?

            Some places have very frequent thunderstorms, can’t take a day off for each.

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              In fact I go to work by bike over an open field. If there’s thunderstorms, that we have quite frequently, I either shift times around to not get into it or take puclic transport.

              Thunderstorms rarely come by surprise these days.

              Don’t walk in the middle of the street with a metal pole in your hand, at least walk closer to a building.

              It’s borderline insane that this is an argument at all.

              Just go ahead and do what these two people did if it is deemed safe.

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        They’re in a city surrounding by buildings that should have lightning rods. Doesn’t seem all that dumb to think it’s extremely unlikely to be hit by lightning there.

        The video is likely fake.

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          There’s no suggestions to stay outside during thunderstorms. It’s always “Go inside”, regardless of where you are. I don’t know where they would get the idea from that it is safe. Maybe a bit safer, but then they should walk closer to the building that they think is protecting them.

          Edit: Can you explain to me how this was possible when the car was right next to a lamppost?

          https://youtu.be/biiuG2ywnWM?si=QsByh30RQYXUVxcX

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                WHY AREN’T YOU MORE WORRIED ABOUT BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING!!

                You know, the thing that’s used as an example of extremely rare events.

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                  Show me your anger, please!

                  If people would go outside all the time during thunderstorms with metal poles raised up, it wouldn’t be as rare. There’s a reason humans and animals hide from storms. And that’s the reason a lightning strike hitting a human is considered a rare event. When it isn’t even that rare.

                  You guys just claim the buildings have lightning rods when you don’t even know.

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        their intelligence has nothing to do with it. only whether they kept themselves in the gene pool.

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    Ouch. Hopefully they didn’t actually feel that. I didn’t when it happened to me, either time. Conveniently woke up later.

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    Whenever you hear the intro, you should probably be putting your metal umbrella away… :P

    Glad they are alright!

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    There’s a cottage industry that creates fake lightning strike videos. They’re usually grainy to cover up the fakery.

    Lightning strikes are relatively easy to put into a video. Getting the reflections right is harder though.

    I’m not an expert, but the reflections don’t look quite right to me. More light in the reflection than there should be in places where we don’t see a reflection of the people before the lightning strike.

    I could be wrong but… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6yQOs93Cgg

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      You can see this is a video of a computer screen.

      Presumably this is from a security camera.