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Date: 08/08/08 02:45 PM

100 Responses to Lightning in Extreme Slow Motion

  1. Profile photo of SaintPatty
    SaintPatty Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 9:25 am
    Link: Lightning in Extreme Slow Motion - It`s rare that you get to see how lightning breaks. I don`t even know how to describe this.
  2. Profile photo of patthebaker
    patthebaker Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 2:50 pm
    Saw this on AOTS theyhad some guy do the sound effects
  3. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 2:50 pm
    It`s like... ants in an ant farm in fast motion.

    o_O

    Or something.

  4. Profile photo of darkevilsin
    darkevilsin Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 2:50 pm
    reminds me of the powder game version of lightning.
  5. Profile photo of Bridget49
    Bridget49 Female 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 2:51 pm
    That was amazing.

    I watched it like, 9 times; I was just hypnotized.

  6. Profile photo of smartbomb314
    smartbomb314 Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 2:52 pm
    that second bolt looked like it stemmed from the ground!

    i saw my first lightning bolt at 14... which is kind of late i hear..

  7. Profile photo of Tonyjet
    Tonyjet Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 2:52 pm
    yeah dude dat was truly awesome
  8. Profile photo of stevo3210
    stevo3210 Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 2:55 pm
    So, it looks like lightning really does come from the sky (at least for the first part). Also, I wonder how many fps that camera gets and if it costs at least half as much as a small island.
  9. Profile photo of kalela
    kalela Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 2:59 pm
    Heh, lightning does stem from the ground :)
  10. Profile photo of Loganp3
    Loganp3 Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:03 pm
    The first flash sent out nodes. The first node to reach the ground determined the strike location. It`s cool!!
  11. Profile photo of ManleyMan
    ManleyMan Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:03 pm
    Well yeah, it does stem from the ground. I think in science they teach you that its the positive and negative electrons in the clouds and ground coming together. Correct me if Im wrong.
  12. Profile photo of maceizballin
    maceizballin Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:07 pm
    pretty cool. i liked the first half better though
  13. Profile photo of primetimekin
    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:07 pm
    Someone explain the stem from the ground thing???
  14. Profile photo of Jtwalker_563
    Jtwalker_563 Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:11 pm
    This lightning is very rare, because usually, the negative electrons in the cloud come down to the positives in the ground, but in this one, negatives in the ground are going up, and it`s something like less than 5% of lightning happens that way. Just thought I`d let ya know :-)
  15. Profile photo of alice_x
    alice_x Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm
    it was so pretty!

    im scared of thunder and lightening though lol. i wish i wasnt!

  16. Profile photo of Melissa921
    Melissa921 Female 13-17
    193 posts
    August 8, 2008 at 3:12 pm
    woah, it looked like some sort of cool fireworks going off. lightning really amazes me.
  17. Profile photo of tommy419
    tommy419 Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:13 pm
    sometimes the bolt comes from the ground not the clouds i read it somewhere
  18. Profile photo of AlienExpress
    AlienExpress Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:14 pm
    Wouldn`t the camera have to be moving faster then the speed of light to take that many frames that fast.....?
  19. Profile photo of theHUSHSOUND
    theHUSHSOUND Female 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm
    that thing must`ve had like a trillion frames per second!
  20. Profile photo of smartbomb314
    smartbomb314 Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm
    alienexpress..... no, no it would not.
  21. Profile photo of laim1991
    laim1991 Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:16 pm
    come on guys, havn`t you seen hercules? Zues makes lightning
  22. Profile photo of maneaterx3
    maneaterx3 Female 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm
    whoa!! that was incredible. why does it stay there for so long though? i thought lightning was just a flash and it goes away.
  23. Profile photo of petey112
    petey112 Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:24 pm
    AOTS?
  24. Profile photo of primetimekin
    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:25 pm
    laim1991
    Male, 13-17, Europe
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    Friday, August 08, 2008 3:16:48 PM
    come on guys, havn`t you seen hercules? Zues makes lightning

    ======================================

    Dont be stupid we all know that, we just didn`t know he throw upwards

  25. Profile photo of Hansbo
    Hansbo Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm
    "Wouldn`t the camera have to be moving faster then the speed of light to take that many frames that fast.....?"

    This video proves that no, no it wouldn`t.

  26. Profile photo of alice_x
    alice_x Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:28 pm
    "whoa!! that was incredible. why does it stay there for so long though? i thought lightning was just a flash and it goes away."

    me too! i never knew it stayed for so long!, and i never knew about the nodes either... so much to be learnt on IAB!!

  27. Profile photo of Boredered
    Boredered Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:30 pm
    lol ya this was on AOTS, but it looked cooler there
  28. Profile photo of thrawn09
    thrawn09 Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:32 pm
    For those who can`t google, check this out to figure out how lightning, and many other things work.

    http://science.howstuffworks.com/lightni...

    Also, reference this picture if you can`t google something.

    http://www.threadbombing.com/details.php...

  29. Profile photo of Turnshroud
    Turnshroud Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:32 pm
    ""whoa!! that was incredible. why does it stay there for so long though? i thought lightning was just a flash and it goes away."

    me too! i never knew it stayed for so long!, and i never knew about the nodes either... so much to be learnt on IAB!!"


    Agreed. Diidn`ty know about nodes, and whats with the bolt that`s stil there?

    It was like a cooler roman candle or somthing. Or other firework

  30. Profile photo of Overmann
    Overmann Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:32 pm
    thrawn09, you dolt, that website`s all wrong. Everyone knows lightning is God`s way of punishing sinners. The reason why lightning strikes ground most of the time is because God thinks the whole planet is sinful.
  31. Profile photo of thrawn09
    thrawn09 Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:33 pm
    Overmann... you better than starting a debate like that on IAB. Now we are going to have a religious debate with 5000 posts!!!
  32. Profile photo of Overmann
    Overmann Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm
    Nah, I think my sarcasm was apparent enough to not cause any backlash. Then again, I`ve underestimated religious folks before in that regard.
  33. Profile photo of ConverseUK
    ConverseUK Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:38 pm
    A little tip for everyone...

    Watch it while listening to Sigur Ros.

    Now I can die happy.

  34. Profile photo of CJ-Boy-2010
    CJ-Boy-2010 Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm
    sh t was so cash!
  35. Profile photo of Apple_18
    Apple_18 Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:55 pm
    wow! but i thought lightning actually shot up? it looked to me like it came down and connected rather than shooting up frm the ground and meeting halfway or...whatever they tried to teach me in school..O.o
  36. Profile photo of hunneybear
    hunneybear Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 3:58 pm
    wow thats pretty cool
  37. Profile photo of beenyweeny
    beenyweeny Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 4:01 pm
    preeeeeety liiiightss....*is hypnotized
  38. Profile photo of Gerbear
    Gerbear Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 4:08 pm
    wow! that is amazng beyond words!
    i didn`t even know ligtning did that
    =O props to whomever got this on video
  39. Profile photo of RyanF701
    RyanF701 Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm
    "
    whoa!! that was incredible. why does it stay there for so long though? i thought lightning was just a flash and it goes away."

    The camera is going EXTREMELY slow. We can`t even see that inital branch with our eyes, it`s faster than what we can see or even know exists.. which is pretty damn fast, so compared to that, the lightning we CAN see is very slow.

  40. Profile photo of dopenuts
    dopenuts Male 30-39
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    August 8, 2008 at 4:21 pm
    remove the chain because it is off it!!
  41. Profile photo of nerdtchn
    nerdtchn Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm
    To everyone asking which way lightning travels, watch the video on the site thrawn posted ^^^
  42. Profile photo of s0rd3dvis1on
    s0rd3dvis1on Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm
    this is how the speed of light and energy will reasct with something that moves as slow as sound like every molecule which vibrates at a speed of sound see my theory is that when we observe elctrons they behave conxciously and thus they can spread themselves as such whilst watching for the next orbit of the electron. so creating a pattern.
  43. Profile photo of ApostleT
    ApostleT Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 4:38 pm
    Wow, that qualifies as the coolest thing i`ve seen in a long time
  44. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 8, 2008 at 5:33 pm
    ^^ "see my theory is that when we observe elctrons they behave conxciously"

    My theory is that drugs are bad.

  45. Profile photo of catlikegrace
    catlikegrace Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm
    That was absolutely gorgeous. I love lightning.
  46. Profile photo of grandmasterz
    grandmasterz Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 6:09 pm
    that`s the coolest thing i`ve seen all day.
  47. Profile photo of SweetGun9
    SweetGun9 Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 6:09 pm
    ive seen lightning go sideways
    thank you lsd
  48. Profile photo of theguy91
    theguy91 Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 6:15 pm
    Lightning rocks.
  49. Profile photo of SynAngel
    SynAngel Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 6:28 pm
    exactly how many FPS is this? or how long would it be in real time?
  50. Profile photo of SynAngel
    SynAngel Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm
    @petey112

    AOTS = Attack of the show, a one hour segment on G4 Tech TV.

  51. Profile photo of rocktendo
    rocktendo Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 6:33 pm
    "Wouldn`t the camera have to be moving faster then the speed of light to take that many frames that fast.....?" - Alienexpress


    The high speed camera is probably around 5,000-10,000 FPS, it doesn`t capture light, lightning is electricity moving from one point to another. If you wanted to capture actual light moving you would need a camera that takes 186,000 FPS and the light would have already moved a mile away

  52. Profile photo of rocktendo
    rocktendo Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 6:33 pm
    This sucks, I tried to get a high speed lightning shot today at 1200fps, but there was no lightning close enough
  53. Profile photo of Grizzzzzzzzz
    Grizzzzzzzzz Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 6:50 pm
    looks fantastic
  54. Profile photo of h0ax_d3m0n
    h0ax_d3m0n Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 6:50 pm
    When they say stems from the ground they mean a streamer, anything can give off one of these a tree, a chimney or even a blade of grass that acts as "the match" that sets off the chain of reaction, the "branches" on the main bolt were searching for a target, a streamer but never made the connection, thats where you see the flash follow them and stop.
  55. Profile photo of ericdee
    ericdee Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 8:13 pm
    I just find it completely ironic how today at work, my coworker told me he saw a documentary about lightning and basically described this exact phenomena to me.

    Then I come home to this. Thank you, IAB. <3

  56. Profile photo of eggsnham
    eggsnham Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 9:15 pm
    COOOOOL!!!! that was so cool it was cool
  57. Profile photo of Evanesia
    Evanesia Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 9:48 pm
    That is so beautiful.
  58. Profile photo of Scythe246
    Scythe246 Male 13-17
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    August 8, 2008 at 9:50 pm
    that, sir was pretty damn cool.
  59. Profile photo of ThePom
    ThePom Male 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 10:23 pm
    Wow, absolutely amazing... Maybe I was asleep at whatever point in my life i learned this but I`m not sure i understand what everyone is saying about lightning shooting up?
  60. Profile photo of jadedtortois
    jadedtortois Female 18-29
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    August 8, 2008 at 11:14 pm
    Cool! It kind of reminds me of water freezing really fast.
  61. Profile photo of Fittomeister
    Fittomeister Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 12:49 am
    vid wont load for me
  62. Profile photo of dragonshadoz
    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2008 at 1:40 am
    Lightening is just so fascinating. I love it.
  63. Profile photo of LadyWeasel
    LadyWeasel Female 30-39
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    August 9, 2008 at 1:44 am
    THAT was cool! Thanks!
  64. Profile photo of handsomefag
    handsomefag Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2008 at 2:32 am
    aw man, that day i was having a BAD anal drip.
  65. Profile photo of freecandy
    freecandy Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 3:49 am
    awesome
  66. Profile photo of B0R3DoM
    B0R3DoM Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 4:55 am
    Okay. I have a higher in physics. And I would just like to point out that many of you are very wrong. There is NO SUCH THING AS POSITIVE ELECTRONS as all electrons are negatively charged. A positive charge is created through the absence of electrons (Due to atomic nuclei being positively charged).

    Booyah! I are cleverer than some folk.

  67. Profile photo of 843
    843 Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2008 at 5:26 am
    Positive charges are called protons, thought I`d add that.
  68. Profile photo of Mistinguett
    Mistinguett Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2008 at 5:37 am
    Positive charges aren`t all protons
  69. Profile photo of nolimits07
    nolimits07 Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 6:30 am
    makes me realise how lighing works. the first fork to get to the ground is the one that you see till the end
  70. Profile photo of ashwey
    ashwey Female 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 6:54 am
    it`s like a giant vein.
  71. Profile photo of charmingman
    charmingman Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2008 at 7:00 am
    "Okay. I have a higher in physics. And I would just like to point out that many of you are very wrong. There is NO SUCH THING AS POSITIVE ELECTRONS as all electrons are negatively charged. A positive charge is created through the absence of electrons (Due to atomic nuclei being positively charged).
    Booyah! I are cleverer than some folk." - B0R3DoM

    I`m sorry mate, there is a positive electron that you learn about at university level physics. It is called a positron. Other than that you are right.

  72. Profile photo of shiggin
    shiggin Female 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 7:01 am
    OO it looks like fireworks
  73. Profile photo of cleminem9919
    cleminem9919 Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 7:11 am
    hey, at .04 you can see zues... just pause it at the right time, and you see his hand and forearm
  74. Profile photo of Hitaki
    Hitaki Female 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 7:56 am
    Zeus throws upwards when he has a hangover~
  75. Profile photo of AndelleRae
    AndelleRae Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2008 at 8:13 am
    This was amazing. Nice to see after a bad night last night.

    ^^^^ I know how Zeus feels.

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    GummyWurmz Female 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 8:18 am
    I think ive seen a bolt of lightning before, usually we just get sheet lightning here in England though =/
  77. Profile photo of TBirdVBall
    TBirdVBall Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2008 at 8:18 am
    WOW, that was awesome and really pretty. :]
  78. Profile photo of Sobii
    Sobii Female 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 9:16 am
    amazing! it helps that there`s a storm where i am right now :)
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    Dradan659 Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 9:28 am
    amazing
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    togetec Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 9:41 am
    Description: F UCING EPIC
  81. Profile photo of neveryours
    neveryours Female 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 10:35 am
    fps FTW!
    that was so cool!
    i absolutely love lightning!!
  82. Profile photo of doodlydoo727
    doodlydoo727 Male 18-29
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    August 9, 2008 at 10:49 am
    holy dratin poo. thats the first time i seen that in slo mo.the first part lookd dratin awsome
  83. Profile photo of nikki8696
    nikki8696 Female 18-29
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    August 9, 2008 at 1:45 pm
    Its beautiful but scary at the same time.
  84. Profile photo of sinfulsisi
    sinfulsisi Female 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 4:28 pm
    i saw one break like that going upwards...it was beutiful :3
  85. Profile photo of McCormy
    McCormy Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 4:44 pm
    Wowwww
  86. Profile photo of Curtin8780
    Curtin8780 Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 5:51 pm
    anyone now how many FPS this is?
  87. Profile photo of Dylan5121
    Dylan5121 Male 13-17
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    August 9, 2008 at 8:18 pm
    ^Good question way above 15 fps (the average fps the human eye sees)
  88. Profile photo of SiriusLives
    SiriusLives Female 18-29
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    August 10, 2008 at 12:59 am
    Trippy.
  89. Profile photo of philippic
    philippic Male 18-29
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    August 10, 2008 at 7:16 am
    probably the best super slow mo vid ever!
  90. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    August 10, 2008 at 8:12 am
    Fantastic! Thank you IAB!
  91. Profile photo of ninjanamedjt
    ninjanamedjt Male 13-17
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    August 10, 2008 at 1:35 pm
    that was incredible! i watched it over and over. completely awesome
  92. Profile photo of Palfas
    Palfas Male 30-39
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    August 10, 2008 at 9:27 pm
    If you watch the initial spider web part, you can trace the exact line that the bigger strike takes once the small part hits ground. Way cool.
  93. Profile photo of richoricho
    richoricho Male 40-49
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    August 10, 2008 at 11:23 pm
    better than fire works
  94. Profile photo of chendel
    chendel Female 13-17
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    August 11, 2008 at 2:53 pm
    aw man. i`m in a state of wonder.
  95. Profile photo of Soundsasian
    Soundsasian Female 13-17
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    August 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm
    looked like a dead tree to me
  96. Profile photo of Akeldama
    Akeldama Female 18-29
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    August 14, 2008 at 9:56 am
    haha....this was pretty sweet. I love lightning storms...
  97. Profile photo of pwnda
    pwnda Female 18-29
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    August 29, 2008 at 10:16 pm
    awesome
  98. Profile photo of thesimpsons
    thesimpsons Male 18-29
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    October 17, 2008 at 11:36 pm
    Most awesome thing ever
  99. Profile photo of Chasya
    Chasya Female 18-29
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    January 5, 2009 at 11:51 pm
    so pretty..
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    Samsonite219 Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2009 at 3:18 am
    i wish i could do that with my urine

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