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Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning  
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19384 posts, RR: 58
Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3660 times:

http://gizmodo.com/5664768/the-statu...of-liberty-hit-by-lightning?ref=nf

An amazing photo of the Statue of Liberty getting stuck by lightning.

Before anyone accuses me of being Anti-American or putting any other symbolic significance on this, just stop and calm the hell down. The Statue of Liberty is a tall, metal structure in the middle of a harbor. New York City gets thunderstorms. And so she is going to get hit by lightning from time to time. That's just how it works.

But it's just a breathtaking photo.

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User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3626 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
The Statue of Liberty is a tall, metal structure in the middle of a harbor. New York City gets thunderstorms. And so she is going to get hit by lightning from time to time. That's just how it works.

Right. And next you'll have us believing in Evolution. Anyone can see that the lightning is actually a bolt emerging from Lady Liberty (like in X-Men) that warns evildoers everywhere to keep out.


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4488 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3624 times:

I really don't mean to be a wet blanket but it looks like the bolt hit somewhere behind the Statue of Liberty in New Jersey there.


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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3501 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3604 times:
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Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 2):
I really don't mean to be a wet blanket but it looks like the bolt hit somewhere behind the Statue of Liberty in New Jersey there.

  

yeah it would pretty well blow to go "Back To the Future" and then find out the 1.21 gigawatts you need for the ride home went to Jersey instead of Lady Liberty...



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13967 posts, RR: 63
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3576 times:

Nope. For Rev. Phelps and Co. this is a sure sign that the US has become much to decadent and liberal. This was God´s last warning before the smiting!  

Jan


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3562 times:

When I saw that picture, the first thing that came to mind was "How may kilos of Nitrogen got fixed to Ammonium Hydroxide here?"- to help fertilize the Earth.

User currently offlineLowrider From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 3220 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3474 times:

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 2):
looks like the bolt hit somewhere behind the Statue of Liberty in New Jersey there.
Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 4):
his is a sure sign that the US has become much to decadent and liberal. This was God´s last warning before the smiting!

After spending some time around EWR, I think it has been smote a few times already. They probably won't notice one more.



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19384 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3439 times:

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 2):
I really don't mean to be a wet blanket but it looks like the bolt hit somewhere behind the Statue of Liberty in New Jersey there.

It looks like that because it's not hitting her in the torch, but in the chest (read: boobies!   ).


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3385 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
(read: boobies! ).

What would you know about those Doc? Unless you've been holding out on us?


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19384 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3382 times:

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 8):

What would you know about those Doc? Unless you've been holding out on us?

I know a thing or two...


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7688 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 3348 times:
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Quoting comorin (Reply 5):
When I saw that picture, the first thing that came to mind was "How may kilos of Nitrogen got fixed to Ammonium Hydroxide here?"- to help fertilize the Earth.

And my first thought on reading that question was hearing Homer Simpson shouting "NEEEEEERRRRRRD!"   



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10882 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3263 times:

Good on the photographer. He was rewarded for his 40 years waiting to get the shot at the right time.

The Lady Liberty's real name ist "La Lilberté éclairant le monde" (Freedom shining her light on the world - or else Liberty enlightening the world) the name given to her by her creator Frederic Bartholdi, a gift to the United States from the people of France.

From Wiki:
"a robed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, who bears a torch and a tabula ansata (a tablet evoking the law) upon which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence. A broken chain lies at her feet. The statue has become an iconic symbol of freedom and of the United States."

Thank you for posting this.

Oh and I forgot... Paris also has the Satue of Liberty, the bronze original of a size 4 times smaller than the one in New York harbour. She is placed on a small island on the Seine river nearby Pont de Grenelle (15th district) not far from the Eiffel Tower and facing in the direction of New York City.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...e-la-liberte-tour-eiffel-seine.jpg

Thank you Mr F. Bartholdi for giving this amazing work of art to the world.

[Edited 2010-10-17 02:30:52]


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User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3224 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
It looks like that because it's not hitting her in the torch, but in the chest

I thought lightnings were always hitting the hightest point in their environment? A lightning hitting the chest and not the torch few meters above does not seem plausible.



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13967 posts, RR: 63
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3220 times:

Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 12):
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
It looks like that because it's not hitting her in the torch, but in the chest

I thought lightnings were always hitting the hightest point in their environment? A lightning hitting the chest and not the torch few meters above does not seem plausible.

Lightning hits the point of the highest electrical field stregth at the given moment. Since pointed objects concentrate the electrical field, they usually attract lightning, but the local fieldstrength can vary due to external influences (e.g. wind can affact the ionised gas).

Jan


User currently offlineGrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 13):
Lightning hits the point of the highest electrical field stregth at the given moment. Since pointed objects concentrate the electrical field, they usually attract lightning, but the local fieldstrength can vary due to external influences (e.g. wind can affact the ionised gas).

ok, thanks for the explanation  



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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3501 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 3196 times:
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I remain unconvinced this was a strike on Lady Liberty. For such a luminous strike Liberty Island remains strangely unilluminated....


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User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3169 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 10):
Quoting comorin (Reply 5):
When I saw that picture, the first thing that came to mind was "How may kilos of Nitrogen got fixed to Ammonium Hydroxide here?"- to help fertilize the Earth.

And my first thought on reading that question was hearing Homer Simpson shouting "NEEEEEERRRRRRD!"

Well, there's not much else going on in that picture, is there?  


User currently offlinephotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2718 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3110 times:

WOW...... Shock and Awe came home to roost in New York Harbour. Great Photo!!!!

[Edited 2010-10-17 07:39:51]

User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13510 posts, RR: 62
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3081 times:
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If you read the article there are actually more than a few people pointing out that the bolt is actually striking somewhere in the background, and not striking the statue itself. Still a great photo, though!


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User currently offlineGQfluffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 3006 times:

Look at the water behind the statue.

Hit in New Jersey.


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