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And this, right here, is why Mother Nature is not to be F'ed with, guys — as if you thought it would ever be a good idea to test your luck against her in the first place.
One man in Gjerstad, Norway found that out the hard way, as he decided to waltz outside and film a lightning storm from his back deck, capturing the insane amounts of electricity just zapping through the air as if it were a free fireworks show or something. Uh, dude, here's a little hint: you might want to take cover.
Just as he's oohing and aahing over the many different bolts that, seemingly, are miles away, a weird twist of bad luck seems to occur, as one of the enormous lightning bolts comes within a few feet of striking him, causing him to nearly drop his camera from shock and, oh yeah, most definitely piss his pants a little bit.
Fortunately, the flash of lightning appeared to have hit right at the edge of his house and porch, which, had he been a little less lucky and it hit the wood deck, well, it might have been sayonara to this guy and his house.
For those who think that they'd be a brave motherf-cker had this happened to them, here's a quick little lesson about lightning, via National Geographic:
- About 2,000 people are killed worldwide by lightning each year. Hundreds more survive strikes but suffer from a variety of lasting symptoms, including memory loss, dizziness, weakness, numbness, and other life-altering ailments.
- The average American has about a 1 in 5,000 chance of being struck by lightning during a lifetime.
- Lightning's extreme heat will vaporize the water inside a tree, creating steam that may blow the tree apart.
- Lightning is extremely hot—a flash can heat the air around it to temperatures five times hotter than the sun’s surface.
- A typical cloud-to-ground lightning bolt travels about 200,000 mph (300,000 kph). Each of these segments is about 150 feet (46 meters) long.
So, yeah, if you think testing your luck against a bolt of lightning is anywhere near a good idea, just remind yourself of those insane facts and you might rethink that. Thankfully, for this guy in Norway, he now knows to be inside during the next lightning storm.