1. About 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year.
  2. A bolt of lightning contains enough energy to toast 160,000 pieces of bread.
  3. In 1998, all 11 members of a soccer team in Africa were killed by lightning while leaving the other team unhurt.
  4. In 1939, 835 sheep were killed by a single lightning strike in Utah.
  5. Men are struck by lightning five times more often than women.
  6. Being hit by lightning causes weird skin designs called "Lichtenberg figures."
  7. A bolt of lightning is 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun.
  8. There will be a 50% increase in lightning strikes by 2100 if global warming continues, according to a scientific report.
  9. There is a persistent storm at Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. Lightning storms occur for about 10 hours a night, 140 to 160 nights a year, for a total of about 1.2 million lightning discharges per year.
  10. Some volcano eruptions are capable of creating powerful electrical charges that can lead to bolts of lightning as large as two miles long.
  11. The Statue of Liberty is estimated to be hit by about 600 bolts of lightning every year.
  12. A 62-foot Jesus statue built by a megachurch was destroyed by a lightning strike and subsequent fire.
  13. In 1902, a lightning strike damaged the upper section of the Eiffel Tower, requiring the reconstruction of its top.
  14. A lightning bolt carries X-ray radiation.
  15. You're more likely to get struck by lightning in Texas than find in-person voter fraud.
  16. African bongos eat burned wood after lightning storms.
  17. In 18th century Paris, it was fashionable to wear hats and umbrellas with lightning rods attached.
  18. The Empire State building gets hit by lightning about 23 times per year.
  19. Taking a shower or washing dishes during a lightning storm is not recommended. A lightning strike can be conducted from many miles away through a water pipe.
  20. 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.
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