Hair Standing On End
Hair is standing on end is a classic sign that lightning is about to strike — and close. Caught in a thunderstorm? Be sure to watch out for nature’s warning.
It might sound stranger than fiction, but this does often happen, with the electrical charge in the atmosphere causing hair to stand to attention just prior to the strike itself. Those near water, tall trees or on high ground are in particular danger. Be prepared — it might just save your life.
Lightning strikes kill more people each year than shark attacks, with some victims suffering a cardiac arrest that can prove to be fatal. Of those struck, around 10% die, with 70% suffering significant long-term health effects. Caught in a storm? Seek shelter and, if there is none to be found, crouch down and make yourself as small a target as possible. Your hair is still standing on end? It might be time to start saying your prayers.
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