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Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:45 pm
by DocLightning
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.

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:03 pm
by comorin
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.

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:04 pm
by JBirdAV8r
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.

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:18 pm
by zanl188
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...

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:52 pm
by MD11Engineer
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

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 8:05 pm
by comorin
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.

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 11:03 pm
by lowrider
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.

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:36 am
by DocLightning
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!   ).

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:17 am
by NIKV69
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
(read: boobies! ).

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

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:20 am
by DocLightning
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...

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:57 am
by RussianJet
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!"   

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:17 am
by MadameConcorde
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]

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 10:48 am
by GrahamHill
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.

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:00 am
by MD11Engineer
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

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:12 am
by GrahamHill
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  

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:36 am
by zanl188
I remain unconvinced this was a strike on Lady Liberty. For such a luminous strike Liberty Island remains strangely unilluminated....

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:38 pm
by comorin
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?  

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 2:38 pm
by photopilot
WOW...... Shock and Awe came home to roost in New York Harbour. Great Photo!!!!

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

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:33 pm
by EA CO AS
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!

RE: Lady Liberty Struck By Lightning

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:48 pm
by GQfluffy
Look at the water behind the statue.

Hit in New Jersey.