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The show where we take the stuff you thought you knew about science.
And reveal some shocking truths.
Today's question, when you're ready, BUD-E.
BURP! Oh, sorry about that, I'm full of chips, so I am.
Today's question comes from Serena in Reenascreena...
Lightning occurs when a powerful electric discharge
moves from one cloud to another, or from a cloud to Earth.
Or from a cloud to my head!
Lightning happens in places where the air is
highly electrically charged.
During thunderstorms, dust storms, near erupting volcanoes -
or when vampires are just about to strike! Argh!
Now, lightning comes in many forms.
Sheet lightning, fork lightning, bead lightning...
And my very own personal favourite, grease lightning!
# Grease lightning... #
Sorry, love, I was just having an old boogie.
Now, Serena, when lightning goes to ground
it will generally take the shortest route possible.
So, if you're up a tree, on top of a tall building,
on the side of a mountain, in the middle of a thunderstorm,
swinging a golf club, you're probably asking for trouble. Whoa!
So, now you know lightning can sometimes strike
in the same place twice.
And if you hear otherwise,
well, that's just a load of old science fiction.
Is there someone making a fry out there, lads?
I swear I can smell something cooking.
SNIFFS It's toast, is it?