Lightning Facts

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A bolt of lightning contains enough energy to toast 160,000 pieces of bread.

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The longest known lightning bolt could have reached from Brussels to London.

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The Empire State Building gets hit by lightning about 23 times per year.

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In the 18th century Paris, it was fashionable to wear hats and umbrellas with lightning rods attached.

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African bongos eat burned wood after lightning storms.

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You're more likely to get struck by lightning in Texas than find in-person voter fraud.

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A lightning bolt carries X-ray radiation.

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In 1902, a lightning strike damaged the upper section of the Eiffel Tower, requiring the reconstruction of its top.

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A 62-foot Jesus statue built by a megachurch was destroyed by a lightning strike and subsequent fire.

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The Statue of Liberty is estimated to be hit by about 600 bolts of lightning every year.

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