With the risk of thunderstorms tomorrow afternoon, it's time to debunk a widely held misconception about being struck by lightning in a motor vehicle.
Myth: I won't be fried to death because of my rubber tires!
No. The extra two inches of rubber won't make any difference to the lightning bolt. It's the metal frame of the car that will protect you in case of a strike. The charge will travel down the sides of the car, then through the tires diffusing into the pavement. This will normally leave the occupants unharmed. hooray!
Another peculiarity about lightning is the intricate patterns it leave on the ground (usually golf courses or lawns) after a strike. This type of pattern is what's known as a lichtenberg figure.
If you're still not impressed, the same imprint can be found on the human body when a VERY, very unlucky individual is struck by lightning. These lichtenberg figures have been documented on the skin just like so:
I'd love to have the chance to speak with someone who's been struck by lightning before, so if you have I'd appreciate it if you'd try to contact me! Close encounters count too.