7 Great Facts That Are Simply Not True

Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice


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How many times have you heard the common idiom about lightning never striking the same place twice? The idiom is used to imply that once a misfortune occurs, it will never happen again. However, the saying has nothing to do with lightning bolts. Lightning is basically a massive electrostatic discharge looking for a way to reach the ground. It’s not bothered whether or not it has hit the grounding spot before. As a result, tall objects including skyscrapers and trees are often the preferred targets simply because they provide a shorter distance between the lightning’s origin and the ground. Tall trees in forests are struck by lightning repeatedly in a storm. If you still believe lightning does not strike the same place twice, ask the Empire State Building which is struck around 100 times every year.