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Old 07-12-2007, 05:29 AM
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Mythbusters Needed

OK so I was reading the news on the net. For some reason I don't believe that you are more likely to be striked by lightning if you are using an Ipod.

I think the idots didn't seek cover during the storms.

toledoblade.com -- Lightning poses real threat to iPod users

What do you all think.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:47 AM
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You'll find that mostly it's "nearby" lightning strikes and the electronic devices are giving the electricity someplace to go... There is quite a bit of "glow" around a lightning strike which will flow into anything that can conduct electricity... Sucks to be you if you're using a an iPod or the like when lightning strikes... You can bet it will be a rude awakening...

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You'll find that mostly it's "nearby" lightning strikes and the electronic devices are giving the electricity someplace to go... There is quite a bit of "glow" around a lightning strike which will flow into anything that can conduct electricity... Sucks to be you if you're using a an iPod or the like when lightning strikes... You can bet it will be a rude awakening...

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I understand how lightning strikes. But to put blame on an electronic device. What makes an Ipod user more likely to be struck then a cell phone user.

I just don't buy it. I want to see Mythbusters put this to the test.
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Old 07-12-2007, 09:57 AM
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I understand how lightning strikes. But to put blame on an electronic device. What makes an Ipod user more likely to be struck then a cell phone user.

I just don't buy it. I want to see Mythbusters put this to the test.
Yeah that show is wild...... be interesting to see how they would rig that up.....did they give a reason as to what is so special about an ipod that would attract lightning?
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:03 AM
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Yeah that show is wild...... be interesting to see how they would rig that up.....did they give a reason as to what is so special about an ipod that would attract lightning?
No they don't give any explanation or reason why the lightning was attracted to the electronic device.
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Just a thought, but maybe it's the type of battery (energy used)... i,e., I know in Central Oregon where Lighting is prevelant, that once it starts you stay off the cordless phones etc.....
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:35 AM
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I agree with Big, I think it is because they a oblivious to the world around them with music blearing in their ears. I recall, the same thing being said years ago about cell phones cuz my grandma freaked on me about it!
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Old 07-12-2007, 10:40 AM
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My truck is a moving lightning rod. It has a 8ft stainless steel cb antenna on it. I have been through tornados, severe thunderstorms, I have even seen purple lightning in my truck. All while talking on my cb and I have yet to be struck by lightning in my truck.
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Because your tires are insulating you from electrical currents coming up and your vehicle itself would shield you from the strike unless you've got your arm waving out the window.

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Sent the article to our lead engineer and he read it and said the technical information is true, but the title is misleading! It's not the I-pod or the electrical device at all, it's the long wire.
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