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To: aculeus
The 26-year-old special service agent for Virgin at Heathrow is still shaken and recovering at her west Reading home after the lightning bolt zeroed in on her lip and tongue piercings.

This is typical pig ignorant media reporting. Lightning is not "attracted" to metal. Lightning is just trying to follow the path of least resistance to ground. After breaking down normally non-conductive air, thousands of feet worth, a tiny bit of metal in the path makes no difference.

She was hit because she was standing in the path where lightning was going to strike anyhow. It had nothing to do with her, or any small amount of metal in the vicinity.

17 posted on 07/05/2003 10:02:57 AM PDT by jlogajan
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To: jlogajan
Yes, you are right, of course. It has surprised me how many people actually DO get struck by lightening. I recall hearing some stories people who had their sight or hearing being restored after such an event. And I remember a woman in NYC who was in a phone booth which got struck by lightening, she was killed. Scary, you wouldn't think that would happen in such an urban environment.
18 posted on 07/05/2003 10:30:54 AM PDT by jocon307 (Enough is enough, and that's too much - Pearl Gould)
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