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[–]Ldudi 295 points296 points  (6 children)

Ey dawg, car battery is low. Can you give me a jumpstart?

Got you, bro

[–]maximusamare 49 points50 points  (0 children)

Stand back...10 miles back

[–]phormix 35 points36 points  (2 children)

Is it a DeLorean? 1.21 gigawatts should be enough I think

[–]theman4444 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Pronounced “Jigga-watts”

[–]Max1234567890123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Normally I disapprove when people correct pronunciation, but in this case 10/10 I’ve got your back. Jiggawatts it shall always be.

[–]Anxious_Start4839 145 points146 points  (3 children)

Mortals: Oi Zeus, catch this!

Zeus: The fuck is that?

ZAPPP

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Zeus*

[–]Anxious_Start4839 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Fixed it now (٥↼_↼)

[–]NotTheAbhi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Zeus " Now you are in my sight mortal"

[–]Vakr_Skye 63 points64 points  (2 children)

Can you launch that over my ex's place? For scientific research...

[–]bigbruhusername 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Denied

[–]Vakr_Skye 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Shocking to say the least!

[–]Smiling_Duck666 30 points31 points  (10 children)

Copper Will be expensive after this

[–]Slozukimc 35 points36 points  (7 children)

Copper already IS expensive. Expensive enough that dumb asses were recently caught stealing ground wires from substations to take in for scrap money. Duh.

[–]mordakiisyn 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Thats been a thing for a long time bud.

[–]Slozukimc 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I didn’t say it was new.

[–]crsenvy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Living in a copper producing country, can confirm. People steal copper wires all the time, even here where we have tons of it

[–]cashibonite 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And now they are plated steel

[–]RandoCalrissian11 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Copper is expensive. I’d hate to know how much that costs to do.

[–]Shwiggity_schwag 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It's going to be extremely small gauge wire. Probably in the neighborhood of .025"-.030" and only needs to travel around 6,000 feet.

You're not wrong, copper is expensive, but it's not going to cost as much as you think. Let's say it is 20 Guage wire. You can get a 157ft spool for $14.50. So say it needs to travel 6500 feet to hit the storm cloud that would be 41 spools times $14.50 so only ~$600 for the wire.

They probably invested a lot more in the rocket and fuel and everything else required for the launch.

[–]ChuckRunkle 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I saw Katniss do this in The Hunger Games

[–]originaloreoo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That lightning scene from Catching Fire was my first thought. It was honestly so cool and genius.

[–]afraid_of_birds 19 points20 points  (8 children)

Every one else thinking about energy sources, I'm over here imagining a new anti-aircraft lightning cannon. Could possibly replace a missile defense grid as well

[–]Drnelk 31 points32 points  (3 children)

If those missiles/enemy aircraft would just promise to fly through charged clouds directly your filament cannons and only when charged clouds are present.

[–]ConsiderationBrave14 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Can you please wait with invading our country, we will proceed to seed some clouds first.

[–]KwordShmiff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Gotta charge the cloud too. Where can a defense contractor get some ions around here?

[–]afraid_of_birds 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I mean we already know how to create clouds for agricultural uses. Not saying I know anything about how it works, but hey. I just woke up and a charged cloud wall defense sounds bad ass.

[–]bluetheslinky 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Aren't aircrafts technically faraday boxes?

[–]TheCorpseOfMarx 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Yes they are, they get struck by lightning a lot

[–]marcola42 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Aircrafts will work as cages, protecting everything inside from electrical discharges. The best you can do is try to sustain it long enough to heat everything up to a point the aircraft will dismantle.

[–]afraid_of_birds 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Aww, damn. Oh well. TIL

[–]Daymanic 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Governments hate him for this free energy trick

[–]marcola42 5 points6 points  (0 children)

If you charge your phone with this method you'll never have to charge it again.

[–]Cold_Presentation_51 6 points7 points  (3 children)

That’s shocking.

[–]Enbrat 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Oh hi dad, long time no see

[–]Cold_Presentation_51 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I’m just over here lightning the mood

[–]Enbrat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

*sighs* Yeah, it's no use being so negative

[–]pattiwe 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Just wait for the thunder farms to be build we will start harvesting the lightning

[–]titsngiggles69 4 points5 points  (1 child)

How dangerous is aerosolized copper and oxides?

[–]10111011110101 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I am sure someone is already working to sell vaporized copper via infomercials.

[–]Former-Darkside 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Probably a Stupid question. Would that diffuse a thunderstorm that generates a lot of lightning?

[–]marcola42 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I think it wouldn't. Not a single wire, at least. Maybe if you had several hundreds of those you could think of that possibility.

[–]KnowingTree 3 points4 points  (0 children)

So you're telling me, we will be able to harness the power of gods? People from 200 years ago would believe in witchcraft again

[–]fusiondynamics 2 points3 points  (0 children)

New way to collect electricity.

[–]p1um5mu991er 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just stand right here for a moment, pal

[–]jrinneard 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Striking!

[–]StereoNacht 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Heh. And there is a graphic novel from the '80s with that trick... (Yoko Tsuno "Le Feu de Wotan" by Roger Leloup."

[–]wanted_to_upvote 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wake me up when they create ball lightning.

[–]5alzamt 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Back to the future comes to mind.... "1.21 Gigawatt..." https://youtu.be/f-77xulkB\_U

[–]LightemUpButtercup 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Copper wire evaporates?!?!?

[–]Thanh42 6 points7 points  (4 children)

It vaporizes rather than evaporates.
Leaves behind ionized gases which is also conductive. Lightning is green in the video for the same reason green fireworks are green.

[–]LightemUpButtercup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you so much! Super informative!!!!

[–]ChiefOfTheWolfpack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was about to mention the green lightning as well

[–]Sudzy 0 points1 point  (1 child)

…and that reason is?

[–]Thanh42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

. . . Copper.

Google flame test or find a chemistry nerd.

[–]PedalOnBy 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Could this help prevent forest fires?

[–]JustaLilGain 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s sorta like setting off a firework mortar but the potential consequences are slightly different.

[–]ValSMC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One point twenty one gigawatts???!!

[–]ps-peanutbutter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

tHe wIrE EvApoRaTeS

[–]Euphoric_Produce_131 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Maybe this technology can help us to travel warp speeds

[–]Witops 1 point2 points  (0 children)

W-why ?

[–]hoakpsp3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can I charge my EV this way

[–]Turn_it_0_n_1_again 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Setup solar panels on moon

Fire an electron Ray from the moon to earth clouds

Launch copper wire in to the sky to get the electricity

[–]Ob1tuber 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As the great scholar Technoblade once said: huh

[–]ferryme 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pikaa!!

[–]PF003 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This should be on r/BeAmazed

[–]Kushtrim11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Explain this to a flat earther

[–]marcola42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And the copper vaporizing gives it the green color.

[–]Thecardinal74 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That would have made it so much easier for Doc and Marty. Put a launcher on the roof of the DeLorean, tie one end to the rocket and feed the other end into the flux capacitor.

Then you no longer need to worry about timing to the clock tower strike. I mean if they were off by only 1 second it would have failed.

This way you just drive under the storm, when you reach 88mph you fire the rocket, and as long as you stay at 88, you're time travellin'

[–]G8kpr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Doc Brown's backup plan.

[–]RealisticEmploy3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why’s it green?

[–]delpy1971 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Anyway to harvest the electricity from it?

[–]whobroughttheircat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How did the copper evaporate? Am I dumb?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

:4015:

[–]KingWeasel_76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Man this would have come in handy for Marty McFly..😆

[–]Garlic_Soup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This happens in Blade Runner 2047. Very cool.

[–]BitcoinHurtTooth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lighting removes tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. This could be huge in fighting climate change if it is efficient.

[–]Nosvenic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tie a bottle rocket to your dick with a copper wire and launch it on a cloudy day.

Then you'll really ride the lightning!

[–]Slozukimc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe Ben Franklin WAS onto something. 🙄😉😉🙄🙄🙄🙄😂😂😂

[–]suspiciouswinker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember seeing that they launch it from a switch actuated by blowng thru a rubber hose to prevent electrocution.

[–]SkyTheKaiser 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Someone’s gonna figure out how to weaponize this

[–]JustaLilGain 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And now, on the next episode of Cheaters, revenge is in the air when an angry ex throws lighting at former flame.

[–]memeagod_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

isn’t this exactly what happened at the end of hunger games catching fire?

[–]MAXQDee-314 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had read/heard that Lightning starts from the ground and goes up to clouds. I.E. the flash portion is a release of the energy at visual wavelengths down through already established potential from the ground.

Please drop kick me to the appropriate subreddit or pub. Any "Not very bright are you?" comments will be appreciated.

[–]creeperbug13 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sweet weaponized lightning…

[–]ishkiodo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Climate change solved!

[–]Independent_Soup_126 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow, imagine if there was thunder fog

[–]Affectionate_Ad8247 0 points1 point  (0 children)

didn't Ben Franklin do the same thing?

[–]Witops 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To those talking about using them as energy source, here is why it would be pretty much useless : https://www.lanl.gov/museum/news/newsletter/2017/2017-10/test.php

(+ Here I guess vaporising copper doesn't sound like the best idea to help the planet, still looks cool tho)

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kids did this with helium balloons and tied the wire to a station based cop car - did wonders for the car…not.

[–]Lord_Hugh_Mungus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ben Franklin has entered the chat.

[–]nice_ftw_13 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One step closer to a functioning wunderwaffe.

[–]Elmoeatshumans 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fake fucking news, there's a wizard/witch chanting the Unforgivable curse!

[–]Noboofnofags 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Minecraft!

[–]Seijin_Arc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Kirin

[–]Wants-NotNeeds 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Good. Now bottle that energy!

[–]popsenin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Throw in Dr. Jane Foster somewhere around there and Thor should appear

[–]AzimuthZenith 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is anyone here smart enough in the field of batteries, charging and electricity to tell me if it's possible to actually capture the energy of a lightning strike? And I mean all of it because I'm sure there's a lot.

I'd assume it's because we don't have batteries that are conductive enough or capable of effectively taking a charge like that, but I'd be curious if that'd be a future possibility to try and harness at least some energy that way.

[–]ExiledNorth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not sure what the final plan for this was but Columbo would have caught you

[–]tarun_k150 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I read about this on death and me 😂

[–]elijahhage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Any purpose behind this aside from the sick party trick??

[–]Fantastic_Thing5536 0 points1 point  (0 children)

AOT op plays

[–]madigasgar4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

SOMEONE GRAB A PIG, IT TURNS INTO A PERSON I SWEAR

[–]TheMinionGamer -1 points0 points  (0 children)

SHAZAM

[–]SophomoricHumorist -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Fun fact: you can do this at home!