Lightning- An Enlightening Interview

A little more science....

Homeschooling can be difficult. Finding creative ways to encourage and inspire your child(ren) is a never-ending job. 

Allowing my daughter to post her research projects (if I believe they are good enough) on my Hubpages account and get feedback from other writers/scientists/teachers/artists has been the most effective tool so far in getting her excited about schoolwork!

Thank you in advance for your comments, and your time. She had a blast putting this together; we both hope you enjoy her work.

Zap the lightning bolt

Hi! I'm Zapperiwantmymommyfrancisjackbobnosolicitingilikecheesenamedsteve.  But you can call me Zap
Hi! I'm Zapperiwantmymommyfrancisjackbobnosolicitingilikecheesenamedsteve. But you can call me Zap | Source

Written by Chelsea Roy

Hi! I’m Chelsea, and this is my friend Zap, the lightning bolt.

Today we’re going to have the children at the Instatoot of Young Learning ask Zap and me some questions about lightning.

Yes? You again? Fine…the bathroom’s in the back if you absolutely have to puke, but don’t expect us to wait for you!

Now, who’s got a real question?

 

Am I safe from lightning when there are blue skies?

No, not always. You can still be struck by lightning when the center of a thunderstorm is ten miles away and the skies are blue.

But don’t worry Sally, if you do get struck by lightning, vultures love people-kabobs, so you’re still making someone happy.

Where should I shelter from lightning?

Well Tommy, I’d think IN YOUR HOUSE, but if you’re outside for some reason, then here are a few place were you could go:

  • BACK INSIDE
  • To a vehicle. (Convertibles, golf carts, riding mowers, and plastic/fiberglass vehicles are NOT safe) Most people believe that the reason cars are safe is because of the rubber tires, rubber being an insulator, but it's actually the metal shell that makes a car safe. and about the rubber thing, well, if a lightning bolt has just traveled two or more miles through air, an inch or two of rubber wouldn't make much difference, now would it? In fact, it's been calculated that you would need tires about a mile thick for the rubber to help you!


These are some things to avoid:

  • Tall objects like trees, poles, lightning rods, and kittens.
  • Water activities such as swimming, boating (however, only boats without cabins are unsafe), fishing, or petting kittens.
  • Golfing, and kittens
  • Always avoid electronics, like TVs, radios, robots, kittens, computers, phones (phones are the number one cause for in home deaths by lightning), or even your mother-in-law.
  • Never EVER eat a sardine-and-mustard sandwich (Why? Because they’re DISGUSTING, that’s why).
  • Avoid places like open fields, high ground, and kittens.

(And if you’re golfing with a kitten near a lightning rod on a boat while talking on the phone to your mother-in-law and eating a sardine-and-mustard sandwich, then you’re just begging to be struck)

 


Could've had a V8

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I'm gonna have to call you back... | Source

How hot is lightning?

Well, it depends on what you mean by that Sueroy333, because if you’re looking to ask it out, then it’s totally opinion, but if you mean temperature, then I can help you. Lightning travels at about 140,000 mph (A whole lot faster than Sparky) and can reach 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Ouch.

I wet my pants

Johnny, that’s not a question

 

How much of a chance do I have of being struck by lightning?

Gee Bob, you sounded almost eager about that….*cough* anyway...

Well, the chances of being struck in the U.S.A in any year are 1 in 700,000. The chance of being struck in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000.

(There are almost 100 lightning strikes every second, the lightning must have pretty poor eyesight if our odds of getting hit by it are so low when there‘s so much of it.)

Little not-so-known fact:

The lightning capital of the U.S is Florida (A real vactation hot-spot)

And the lightning capital of the world is Africa

What if I don’t live in the U.S.A?

Well, Brattny, I mean Brittany, go stand in Europe with a metal rod and I think you’ll find out.

 


Well, that’s all the time Zap and I have, I hope you’ve enjoyed this interview. See you soon!

 

(Note: Kittens are safe to be around in a thunderstorm, and any information that led you to believe otherwise is false, and was not written by me, but my evil twin Bob Finklestien, though I was totally serious about the mother-in-law thing)

OH MY GOD! This lightning strike is AWSOME!

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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I found this hub quite striking and colorful,hehe:-))


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poorconservative1 5 years ago

Oh! Oh! Oh! I have a few questions. Will getting struck by lighting make me any prettier or cure my halitosis or maybe straighten my crooked toes? I was just wondering.

Thanks for the laughs, oh my sides hurt.

Chuck


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

There i nothing better than dispensing important information with a sense of humor. I loved this lesson and I vote it up useful and most definitely awesome.


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Mentalist- we found your comment to be quite shocking! It raised the hair right off of our heads! Fortunately, we were in a car, so it's all good. :O)


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Yawapi 5 years ago from the Lakota Homelands

Love it!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Here are a couple of facts you might like to add, Chelsea, to your already very enlightening lightning hub. Good job!

Florida is known as the Lightning Capital of the U.S. with more deaths and injuries from lightning than all the other states combined. Rwanda, Africa holds the same title for the world.


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Jane Bovary 5 years ago from The Fatal Shore

Nice work Chelsea...I can see you've inherited your mother's great sense of humour (I wont be eating those sardine and mustard sandwiches..heheh)

100 lightning strikes every second! Wow, I didn't know that. It IS a wonder more of us aren't fried.

I LOVE the pictures and think they'd look great on a coffee mug or T-shirt. You should talk to Austin about opening a cafepress store...;-)


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Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

I think Chelsea is delightful! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

So funny Chelsea! I love your Instatoot:). You did an A+ job again. You included so many facts and I didn't know it was the metal shell that protected you in a car! I thought the metal conducted electricity. So I even learned something here. I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer but I thought I knew ALOT! Ha! You even included your references and I never do that - I'm too lazy!


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Pcunix 5 years ago from SE MA

Is she SURe kittens are safe? I've heard other people assert the same calming assurances, but I still feel a bit uneasy about golfing with kittens. I would certainly LIKE to take a kitten golfing (if I ever went golfing and if someone would lend me a kitten) but I am really not convinced it is safe.

Please provide hard evidence. Or even soft evidence, as we are speaking of kittens.

Oh - I almost forgot - is the danger to me, the kitten, or both of us??


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

I wish I had video of the most awesome lightning show I had ever seen in my life. I was west of Fort Worth at the time and the lightning was in Oklahoma.

The safety factor of the kitten depends on the breed of the kitten. Siamese kittens strike even when it ain't lightening. When you take the kitten golfing, don't put him on the tee and holler FORE. LOL


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ChrisLincoln 5 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

Dear "Ask Chelsea",

I eat a sardine and mustard sandwich every day and have never been struck by lightening. I have also never been closer than ten feet to another human being. Do I risk a lightening strike if I stop eating the sandwich? Will I have more friends?


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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

ChrisL - You will have to share the sardine sandwich with a kitten and then you will have more friends. One the other hand, it will increase your chances of getting hit by lightning.


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ChrisLincoln 5 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

Austinstar,

What, exactly are we teaching this child?

C


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Pcunix 5 years ago from SE MA

"What, exactly are we teaching this child?"

The danger of having a parent with a deep sense of humor?


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ChrisLincoln 5 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

Pcunix,

Cool, so it's all good!

C


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Dr. Amilia 5 years ago

I was definitely struck by this one.


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Pixienot 5 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

Dear Chelsea,

After I stopped laughing at your hub, I commenced laughing at all of the comments you inspired!

This was a fantastic hub. Your pictures are so good, I agree with Jane - get promoting, girl!!

By the way... why a kitten? That really threw me for a loop! Not hard these days perhaps. I am curious about the kitty, though.

If I were grading this I'd give you an A (not an A+ because you made some grammatical errors, but nonetheless, an A)

You most definitely have inherited some of your mom's wit and fun. I'm so glad. Were it from me you would be up a creek without a paddle!

Excellent, little one. Keep up the good work.

How's the book coming?

Lots of love,

Grandma

BTW...voted you up, useful and awesome. I really liked this hub. :) :)


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

"What exactly are we teaching this child?"

The perils of Mom knowing US. :)


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

poorconservitive- Chelsea said yes, it cures all of that and more.... usually. Sometimes, however, you live.


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Breakfastpop- you are the queen of dispensing information with humor. Chelsea takes your comment as the great compliment it is and says, "Thank you!". :)


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Yawapi- Chelsea loves that you love this! :)


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Drbj- we have the adding of this awesome information scheduled for tomorrow!

Thank you for the great information!

We're not sure we want to vacation in Florida now, though!!! :) (Although, Chelsea says it definitely seems as though Florida is a vacation HOT SPOT!)


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Jane- Chelsea says "Thank you" for liking her artwork... she liked the cafe' press idea too, but I'm going to make her hold off on that one. We'll wait and see how Stan does! :)


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Feline- Thank you! I know I sure enjoy her in my life!


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Realho- Chelsea says "Thank you!". Metal does conduct electricity, but it said it was also the reason the cars were safe. The source didn't say why. I'm thinking because a car is not grounded, but we're going to have to do some research on that.

I don't think she can just throw something so against what we've always heard out there, and not follow it up!

(I think she'll be glad for teachers other than her mom in college!!)


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Pcunix-you should really golf with clubs and balls, kittens don't go very far.

As to whether it's a danger to you or the kittens... Chelsea says, "yes."

The evidence speaks for itself.


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Tammy- interesting you would choose Siamese as the most conducive kittens. We were thinking the breed... BLACK. Now we have to do more research!

Are you sure you shouldn't say "FORE"? Is it "FOUR" instead???? :)


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Dear Chris- You risk a lightening strike if you stand close to people. The fact you have not is what has evened out your chances- since you're eating all those mustard sandwiches.

Chelsea suggests you ditch the sandwiches, grab some friends (if you have any left that will chance it) and go golfing.... with kittens.


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Austin, Chris, Pcunix- excellent ideas. And no worries. Pcunix is right, I have already done all the damage that can be done. LOL! :)


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Dr. Amilia- LOL! Chelsea wants to know if it hurt, and if you were by chance golfing with a kitten or eating a sardine and mustard sandwich while reading?


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Pixienot- Chelsea said, "Thank you grandma". She said she'll look over it tomorrow to see what she flubbed up on. I told her it couldn't be anything major or you wouldn't have still given her an 'A'. :)

She chose kittens because, well, it's funny. The information, however, regarding sardine and mustard sandwiches is completely true.


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Tammy- I think you may have a point. She was a shy, serious child before I started writing on hubpages! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh now I've done it! Poor kid has to do more homework! Tell her I'll slip her a $20 for that:)!


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Pcunix 5 years ago from SE MA

This explains why you might be safe in a car:

http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/1997-08/87262...


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

@Pcunix - thank you very much! That is awesome and now I too, have learned why. Very interesting and great explanation. I hope my car is all metal:)


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Realho- since we homeschool, it's kind of ALL homework! I'll tell her of your generous offer that she is turning down. (I'm soooo psychic!)

You're a card!


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Pcunix- I think I may have Realho send you $20!

This is fascinating stuff! We've touched some on atoms and what they're made up of etc., but this makes it so real!

Thank you so much for finding this link and passing it on! I think she should add some of that information to her article as well as the info Drbj gave her!

Thank you again Pcunix... you totally rock!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Chelsea - I tried honey! Haha!

You have made all of us much smarter with this hub! You may even save a life with this info:)!


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Pcunix 5 years ago from SE MA

I have made it my policy not to accept gifts of less than $4,000,000.00 U.S. If RealHousewife can't afford that, please tell her not to bother as it would just be embarrassing for both of us.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Pcunix - I'm so glad that you specified U.S. Currency! Haha! How would you like a check? I'll be happy to bounce one over!


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Pcunix- would monopoly money do?


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Pcunix 5 years ago from SE MA

Don't be silly. It's $4 million U.S. or nothing.


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Pcunix- Chelsea said that Monopoly money was made in the US.

I know it was made in Florida... so HA. HA. She's soo wrong. Thank God I'm her teacher!

We're working on a loan. It may be a while.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Very cool Chelsea!!!!!!!!!! That was funny and awesome. I think you are good at writing interviews!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

- Sydney


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Mr. Smith 5 years ago from California

Well done. Has this segued into a cooking article for the adventurous yet?


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Sydney- Chelsea says a belated "Thank you!"

We've been working on trying to get our thrift store painted etc. so we can open, and I'm afraid we've been out of the hubpages loop!!


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Mr. Smith-Chelsea says, "No, yes it hasn't."

I'm just passing it on... I have NO clue! :)

Thank you for stopping by!! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hi Sueroy - exciting about the store!! Good luck! I think you should take photos and write a hub for us about it!!


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Realho- I'm hoping it won't be disastrous enough to be funny enough to write a hub! I'll let you know how it goes.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well I meant you should tell about the store, what you sell, show case some items - or oh - are you allowed to do that on hub? Promote your business? Hmmm....?


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Realho- I think you can only do that if you're promoting Stan Fletcher. LOL!!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Well if you can get free advertising you should! It's so expensive - I market by word of mouth in my area. It's free too!

Good luck! Sounds pretty neat!


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sueroy333 5 years ago from Indiana Author

Realho-thanks! :O)

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