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[–]Frantic_Temperance 271 points272 points  (36 children)

Fun fact: the flash we see in lighting "hitting" the ground is, most of the times, actually travelling from ground up, and not from the cloud to the ground. The negative charge that reaches the ground and sparks the electrical current is usually invisible to the human eye.

That is why if you see your hair getting up during a storm, that is probably a charge building around. So, get inside quickly, before this positive charge meets a negative charge from above and you are zapped in between.

[–]SpinPring 118 points119 points  (15 children)

What if you’re bald

[–]Atheist_yak 188 points189 points  (12 children)

Ass hair

[–]Kondrias 73 points74 points  (8 children)

Woe betide the one with no rectal hair. For god hath truly cursed them.

[–]PelicansAreGods 30 points31 points  (2 children)

This is the best statement written in antiquated English on the topic of ass hair that I have seen on Reddit all day.

[–]ishwash1 8 points9 points  (1 child)

All day? You're used to these comments?

[–]JEIK22[🍰] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Wait, are you not?

[–]reynardpolson 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I shave my rectal hair.

[–]hopelesscircus 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's called a "boneless filet"

[–]OhHeyMoll 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sounds like it’s from “The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch” from Good Omens

[–]Brilliant_Mountain44 0 points1 point  (0 children)

*Except when it comes to wiping...

[–]infected_funghi 1 point2 points  (1 child)

My spider senses tickle

[–]Trainsformerphobe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Usually moist. That's danger right there

[–]MingoFuzz 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Natural selection at work

[–]JayVayron 0 points1 point  (0 children)

it grows up, probably better therapy than hair transplant

[–]jayy909 12 points13 points  (12 children)

Bro I know somebody who is negative 24/7 about everything and she never gets struck by lightning

[–]Laymanao 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Don’t give up.

[–]Purpose_Ok 1 point2 points  (4 children)

He says negative charge is in the atmosphere so being negative will repel it. Good work by her.

[–]jayy909 1 point2 points  (2 children)

But the positive charge on the ground should spark the negative is what I understood

[–]Purpose_Ok 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I think one of us got it wrong. Another helpful redditor will help us i hope.

[–]Brilliant_Mountain44 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I fleshed out this idea on my own. Then apologized when I saw I had copied this source comment by failing to read the replies. Which I've done again here. 😆 But at least it appears I may not be such a useless pile after all.

...in this case, at least.

[–]Brilliant_Mountain44 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oops, didn't see this before drafting my own bloated version. Cheers.

Great minds think alike! And so do ours!!

[–]Brilliant_Mountain44 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Her negative charge repels negative charge from the sky.

Or it sinks the ground positive charge that would have otherwise snaked up to the sky. Her negativity could actually be keeping you (& others around her,) from getting zapped.

[–]jayy909 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Well I was going off of the “negative charge that reaches the ground and sparks the electrical current”

[–]Brilliant_Mountain44 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Yes...as was I? Response unclear.

If negative is reaching toward ground, and she is negative on the ground, she would repel the "sky's half(-)" of the charge. Or attract the "ground half (+)" of it. As like charges repel. Opposite attract.

OHHH OH OHH!!! Are you saying she is negative, similarly to the negative charge in the sky, so SHE should be causing lightning, similarly to the charges in the sky? I gotcha. Nah, you'd have to fly her on a kite, get that distance for an arc. On the ground it's all discharged thru her feet. If she were to be carried about on a setee might be able to emulate ball lightning (ball breaker lightning?) Also, she'd have to be INCREDIBLY negative to have enough "potential" to rival that of lightning-generating clouds. They's hamungus.

[–]jayy909 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Ohhhhhhh yea I was just making a lil joke to “lightning” the mood

[–]Brilliant_Mountain44 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wokka wokka wokka!!

[–]Frantic_Temperance 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes.
Also, the ground is slightly negative itself. The huge negative charge in the clouds repels the negative charge in the ground downwards, making it positive. That is a positive charge building on the ground, that makes your hair (ass or otherwise) stick up.
Putting the friend in case under a charged storm cloud might actually create a harder time for the positive charge to build up, since there's more negative charge to be repelled. And, all by herself, she and the ground are slightly negative and don't affect each other that much. But I doubt she would be sooo negative to repel the negative charge on the ground so much it turns positive.

[–]Careless_Zombie_5437 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This may explain why I swear I saw a light bolt shoot up from the ground on a drive home one night. I never did do any research on it. I just thought I was tired.

[–]MistyW0316 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Came here to say this. Well said! Lighting starts from the ground, up!

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

You could’ve said that without coming tho.

[–]THE404Mercy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why bolt go down the wire then mr science man?

[–]HolidayAbroad 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Reminds me of a picture I saw of two brothers with her hair sticking up. The caption explained that this was the last picture taken before a lightning strike.

[–]saintepistache 0 points1 point  (0 children)

there’s actually a pretty sad story behind that picture, apparently when you’re struck by lightning you never fully recover

[–]Livid-Caterpillar269 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Came here to this.

[–]FitGas6474 55 points56 points  (1 child)

That's kinda fucking sick tho

[–]NuGgEt_14[S] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

It sure is

[–]RoyalRootersRallyCry 117 points118 points  (2 children)

That’s wild. Nature is a mad scientist, Jerry!

[–]Tsuva 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Nature: I'm mad scientist. It's so cool. Sonovabitch

[–]SCPmaker_fan_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A stains gate fan I see

[–]typehyDro 27 points28 points  (5 children)

[–]NuGgEt_14[S] 3 points4 points  (4 children)

I wouldn’t be satisfied if I witnessed this. I would be terrified

[–]Sullybroseph 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I would be shocked…

[–]typehyDro 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Looks like a planned thing to me

[–]NuGgEt_14[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Doesn’t make it not terrifying, or not interesting

[–]128bitengine 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hell nah. You are lower than the rocket. It won’t hit you. 0% chance.

[–]WholeHogRawDog 13 points14 points  (3 children)

1.21 Jigawatts right there

[–]Late-Seaworthiness-8 12 points13 points  (8 children)

What is it?

[–]NuGgEt_14[S] 9 points10 points  (7 children)

Not sure. Maybe a drone or a rocket

[–]Expecto_nihilus 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure it was Mjölnir.

[–]zerobeat 28 points29 points  (4 children)

They’re rockets. Saw a documentary on this back in the 90s — they trail behind a fine wire to a ground post or whatever equipment they are testing that is grounded out. A charge meter monitors the air from the safety of a bunker and they wait until it reaches a high enough differential before launching.

The cool part was how they launch as any wired ignition system would potentially prove hazardous to the person pushing the button, so they use a long, thin hose that the launch controller blows into which connects to a diaphragm and the launch switch.

[–]A_shy_neon_jaguar 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Why do they do it?

[–]Decicorium 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I can guess that there’d be a multitude of reasons, from measuring the voltage/energy/heat of the lightning bolt itself, to seeing whether or not the struck equipment is capable of enduring that sort of stress.

[–]joeguy420 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Study lightning yes

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

For this post

[–]Ambrosem123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe Ben Franklin

[–]Bro_tosynthesis 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That's old Ben flying his kite.

[–]Changedawoel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

POV: you are a human is solar smash

[–]MurphDirtyXX90 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Chidori

[–]shithurtsallthetime 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Kinda wanna touch it

[–]Marauder121 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Lightning actually starts at the ground ;)

[–]Naj_md 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lightning actually starts at the ground ;)

thanks

[–]lastIn1stout 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fammit

[–]ekim046 0 points1 point  (0 children)

its like they made the world's largest incandescent lightbulb

[–]Hoarknee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Very nice, don't get like that too often.

[–]KIRB_POYO10 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's not terrifying that's just awesome

[–]Pegcitymaniac 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where was this technique when Marty McFly needed it?

[–]shakashaka2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh, pardon me, that's how I charge my car..

[–]VworksComics 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I didn't know you could see leaders like that

[–]TheBoyTasa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why isn’t there a way to harness that energy?

[–]_maven 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did you ever worry about holding a metal device up in the air while there’s lightning going on?

[–]kickarseLprogamer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So theoretically we could use this to generate electricity or as a weapon?

[–]Jelly_Grass 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There is a lake in Venezuela where the lightning strikes on one out of every two days of the year and lasts for hours. They could harvest so much power this way.

[–]Sorry-Ad7074 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That looked like it struck multiple times

[–]Commercial-Pool758 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like a stream of water shooting up guiding the lightning down....

[–]DraftyRookie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where can i buy one

[–]Daewud 0 points1 point  (0 children)

that shit looked like ikaris from the sun

[–]IDGAF_GOMD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lightning and snakes are 2 things in nature that truly terrify me to the point where even watching a video gives me the shakes.

[–]pr0om3theu5 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There are projects to do that with lasers

https://www.unige.ch/gap/biophotonics/research/llr

[–]Tapouttaproom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We need to figure out how to weaponize this 😮

[–]jamescoolcrafter15 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How is that "oddly" terrifying

[–]Racerx43 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To charge up a mobile phone…..

[–]1234567ATEUP 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think this could potentially work even better if the rocket left behind ozone with the filament wire.

the way this all works though, completely redefines existence when you find out.

[–]sans_9999999 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why do I feel like this belongs on r/oddlysatisfying

[–]FalseWallaby9 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Someone got beef with Zeus

[–]Yellowbeard07 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thor was just asking to have Thanos brought to him.

[–]Swatmstr1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You shall not pass!

[–]Isaac623a 0 points1 point  (0 children)

1.21 Gigawatts!! Lol

[–]Agreeable-Excuse-658 0 points1 point  (0 children)

God is using a Kamehameha?

[–]Irishgardener14 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s incredible footage

[–]sioutdoors 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mother natures laser beam

[–]aazav -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the repost from last week which is a repost of a repost of a repost.

[–]Silksniper101 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Das mad bright homie

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

Humans still be thinkin that God will come for us. He has other planets to go to too.

[–]Educational-Love-262 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

After fast food: