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Explain Like I'm 5: Bite sized answers to stuff you should know about - in a mini podcast

Feb 19, 2021

Why does lightning travel in a zig-zag rather than a straight line?So why does it strike precise points such as the end of a pole? If the average lightning bolt contains up to 1 billion volts, how is it that humans can survive being struck? How many times does the Empire State Building get stuck by lightning every year?


... We explain like i'm five!


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