The old saying lightning never strikes twice is supposed to be reassuring. After all, you had this one stroke of really bad, bizarre luck. But that means the odds of it ever happening again must be zero, right?
Wrong, very, very wrong.
Lightning strikes the Earth about 50 times a second and lightning can strike twice or even thrice or hundreds of times in the same place, like the Empire State Building of New York for example, which gets hit about 25 times a year.
And as for people, just be really glad you're not Roy Sullivan, a park ranger at Shenandoah National Park who was struck by lightning seven times in his lifetime.
In the US, more people are killed by lightning than tornadoes and hurricanes put together. Seriously.
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Critical thinking challenge: If lightning strikes the earth many times per second, why don't we see lightning more often?