7 Great Facts That Are Simply Not True

Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice

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.