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I thought this was pretty cool. smile.gif
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Dark lightning appears sometimes to compete with normal lightning as a way for thunderstorms to vent the electrical energy that gets pent up inside their roiling interiors, Dwyer says. Unlike with regular lightning, though, people struck by dark lightning, most likely while flying in an airplane, would not get hurt. But according to Dwyer's calculations, they might receive in an instant the maximum safe lifetime dose of ionizing radiation - the kind that wreaks the most havoc on the human body.

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This is crazy because right now out my window looks like some crazy thunderstorm lol

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Well jeez glad it's only 1 dark strike for every 1,000 regular. Except when you figure that there's about 8 and a half million regular strikes each day.
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Could this explain the people who have been struck by lightning and have had senses restored/mental problems fixed?
 
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Could this explain the people who have been struck by lightning and have had senses restored/mental problems fixed?
Not really, But the human brain is so ridiculously complex we really have no idea.
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Could this explain the people who have been struck by lightning and have had senses restored/mental problems fixed?

No, because they were struck by lightning. Not dark lightning biggrin.gif

Also, any link to information on this senses restored by lightning stuff? Sounds like it would be an interesting read in its own right.
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Lol, get me some Dark Lightning to overclock my machine tongue.gifthumb.gif
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Because australia just needs Dark radioactive lightning to go with it's fire tornados, Wasps, Killer ants, Poisenous snails, jelly fish.. sharks, Drop bears bad drivers 52C days 5 minute terential downpours followed by a month of heatwave....
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So we have lightning rods, how about dark lightning rods? biggrin.gif
    
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