Weird Things Happen When You're Struck By Lightning

The chances of getting struck by lightning are one in a million. As small as it is, that's still a chance, and it's happened to plenty of unlucky people throughout history. Watch the video below to hear about the morbid and often surprising things that happen when lightning bolts attack.

What Happens When You're Struck By Lightning?

Spoiler: you usually don't get super powers.

How To Survive a Lightning Strike

Find out if a suit of armor would increase or decrease your chances of dying in a lightning strike.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Lightning is more likely to strike metal because lightning bolts are just long strings of fast-flowing electrons looking for the easiest path from point A to point B, and no material provides an easier path than metal. 00:00

  2. A metal suit protects you during a thunderstorm for the same reason it attracts lightning bolts: electrons glide so easily over metal that they barely penetrate the surface, so whatever is inside of a metal container stays safe. Physicists call this a Faraday cage, or in the case of the steel-woven clothing worn by linemen working on high-voltage wires, a Faraday suit. 00:34

  3. If you do find yourself in a field during a thunderstorm and can't head indoors, the best thing to do is crouch low and keep your feet together. This makes the electrons travel through your legs -- an inefficient path they're unlikely to travel. Even if they do travel up one leg, they'll travel back down the other, helping them miss vital organs. 01:23

Written by Curiosity Staff September 21, 2016

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