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Re: Zapped! Lightning Strike Sparks iPod Safety Debate
Posted by: Kimberly Hill 2007-07-12 13:05:49
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A report in this week's New England Journal of Medicine describes how a man running in a thunderstorm was burnt along the path of the earphones of his iPod and had his eardrums and jaw injured when he was struck by lightning. The emergency physicians reporting the incident -- Eric J. Heffernan, Peter L. Munk and Luck J. Louis of Vancouver General Hospital -- opine that "the combination of sweat and metal earphones directed the current to, and through, the patient's head."

Re: Zapped! Lightning Strike Sparks iPod Safety Debate
Posted by: kdf11a 2007-07-13 08:34:16 In reply to: Kimberly Hill
Difference in potential. Lightning will strike the spot with the most difference in potential. You could have just as easily attributed his lightning strike to his shoes as much as anything else, because this would have grounded him more, thus giving him a greater difference. You could also attribute wearing synthetic clothing versus cotton, as synthetics cause more static, etc. Simply put... it's just like is stated in the article... lightning will do whatever it wants, when it wants. It contains millions (if not billions) of volts, and has traveled 1,000's of feet... 6 more feet makes no difference to it.
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