- About 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year.
- A bolt of lightning contains enough energy to toast 160,000 pieces of bread.
- In 1939, 835 sheep were killed by a single lightning strike in Utah.
- A 62-foot Jesus statue built by a megachurch was destroyed by a lightning strike and subsequent fire.
- A lightning bolt carries X-ray radiation.
- In 18th century Paris, it was fashionable to wear hats and umbrellas with lightning rods attached.
- The Empire State building gets hit by lightning about 23 times per year.
- If you count the number of seconds that pass between a flash of lightning and the crack of thunder that follows it, and divide it by five, that's how many miles away you are from where lightning just struck.