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?