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Lightning Flowers

If you read this little article I found on Lichtenberg figures, you’ll notice it has a lot to do with what I’ve been saying before: when adapted for the masses, fascinating scientific phenomena are often given crude and overly simplistic explanations, or, in the case of this article in particular, no explanation at all. More importantly, though, I think these lightning-induced markings are pretty fascinating. After doing a little extra research, it turns out these cauliflower-shaped figures (sometimes called “lightning flowers”) are formed as electrical current courses through the body, exploding all the little capillaries it encounters on its way to the ground. The article above does note that, with medical care, luck and a few hours’ time, these little skin designs can be made to disappear. But really, though. Wouldn’t it be cooler to have one of these as a morbidly beautiful souvenir of a close encounter with one of nature’s awesomest forces?

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  1. March 5, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I looked at the pictures and winced. Yes, it does look amazing, but at the same time…ouch! Before I opened up the link, I thought it would look like a lot of little spider veins, but this is far more intricate and looks as if a tattoo artist created it. Who knew lightening had its very own signature design?

  2. March 12, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I think that easily the most interesting thing about this article is how much the design resembles a plant. The design that comes about on one’s arm after being struck by lighting looks strikingly similar to the stem of a plant. For some reason that feels like something having to do with evolution.

    On another note, I wanted to mention that I have a friend who has been struck by lightning, and she does not have any of these markings. So, I wonder how hard someone has to be struck by lightning for this to happen?

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