Sunday, March 4, 2012 1:04:26 PM
@Angilion: Good question, and I share your wonder. A couple thoughts:
(1) Electricity exhibits something known as the "skin effect." This doesn't refer to human skin, but to the tendency of an electric current to run over the very surface of objects. This is why the electrical insulators you see on power lines are usually ribbed or made of joined saucers sharing the same radial axis: they`ve been designed to maximize the surface area to address the skin effect. So I`m guessing that plays a role in survivability.
(2) Also, there`s the brief duration of a lightning strike. It`s a horrendous jolt, but it`s over in a fraction of a second.
All that said, it`s still a mystery, especially when you consider that a tree that splits when struck by lightning does so because the sap boils almost instantaneously, turns to steam, and explodes the surrounding wood.
So, yeah: How the heck are humans surviving lightning strikes?
Sunday, March 4, 2012 12:08:46 PM
"@Steelgrid, she said nothing about it not being painful. She said that she wondered if they were. Then she looked it up. She didn't sound rude or like an a$$...like you do."
LOL and this is news to you how? When am I not an ass, rude, and generally unpleasant? Especially to women.