Visit the Cellar!

The Cellar Image of the Day is just a section of a larger web community: bright folks talking about everything. The Cellar is the original coffeeshop with no coffee and no shop. Founded in 1990, The Cellar is one of the oldest communities on the net. Join us at the table if you like!

 
What's IotD?

The interesting, amazing, or mind-boggling images of our days.

IotD Stuff

ARCHIVES - over 13 years of IotD!
About IotD
RSS2
XML

Permalink Latest Image

April 24, 2014: Gold Crystal

Recent Images

April 21, 2014: Zentai! More Wackiness from japan
April 20, 2014: Safari Park Car Fire
April 14, 2014: Glow-in-the-dark highway lines
April 13, 2014: Glass staircase
April 8th, 2014: The Bradley: A Watch with Balls
April 4th, 2014. HMS Alliance.
March 29, 2014: We Can Do It

The CELLAR Tip Mug
Some folks who have noticed IotD

Neatorama
Worth1000
Mental Floss
Boing Boing
Switched
W3streams
GruntDoc's Blog
No Quarters
Making Light
darrenbarefoot.com
GromBlog
b3ta
Church of the Whale Penis
UniqueDaily.com
Sailor Coruscant
Projectionist

Link to us and we will try to find you after many months!

Common image haunts

Spluch
Debri.ru
Astro Pic of the Day
Earth Sci Pic of the Day
We Make Money Not Art
ochevidec.net
Strange New Products
Geisha Asobi Blog
Cute animals blog (in Russian)
20minutos.es
Yahoo Most Emailed

Please avoid copyrighted images (or get permission) when posting!

Advertising

Philadelphia Pawn Shop
The best real estate agent in Montgomery County
Epps Beverages and Beer, Limerick, PA
Pa and Pa, Thai and Vietnamese restaurant, Bala PA
Choppers Hair Shop, Royersford
Sal's Pizza, Elkins Park
Burholme Auto Body, Philadelphia
Coles Tobacco, Pottstown
ERM Auto Service, Glenside
Glenside Collision
Kimmy's Nail Salon, Jeffersonville
Moorehead Catering, Trappe
Salon 153, Bala
Dominicks Auto Body, Phoenixville

   Undertoad  Tuesday Oct 3 12:54 PM

October 3, 2006: Photographer catches lightning bolt hitting neighbor's house



Kane Quinnell buys a new digital camera and decides it would be interesting to capture a storm shot. Let the Daily Mail tell it:

Quote:
"The storm looked like it was five to 10 kilometres to the south. I thought it was perfectly safe to be outdoors, taking photos."

After setting the camera for a four-second exposure he began shooting pictures, suspecting there was little chance of lightning flashing while the shutter was open.

"I hit the button … and there was nothing. I hit the button again … and nothing. On about the fourth attempt I hit the button again and I saw this lightning and heard the thunder.

"It was like a crack. The next thing I was about two metres in the air - it scared the hell out of me."

Mr Quinnell estimated the lightning struck about 20 metres away. "I think it hit the house behind me."

Unhurt, but buzzing with adrenaline, he rushed inside to check the photo on his computer.

"I was amazed. It was the first storm picture I had really taken."
First one. I wonder if he'll continue?

Maybe, because Britain's Bureau of Meteorology has used the shot in its 2006 weather calendar. Sure, go ahead, encourage the guy. Dude you could do so much better!


findpolitics  Tuesday Oct 3 12:56 PM

Beautiful



Flint  Tuesday Oct 3 12:58 PM

great shot (of...?)

. . . "lightning" or his ( ) noodley appendage ???



glatt  Tuesday Oct 3 01:03 PM

Wouldn't it be cool if we could harness lightning? I bet there's enough energy in that bolt to run the house it hit for an entire year.



Shawnee123  Tuesday Oct 3 01:04 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Flint
. . . "lightning" or his ( ) noodley appendage ???

What does that thing mean???????????

Nice photo, though!


barefoot serpent  Tuesday Oct 3 01:07 PM

it's particularly interesting with all of the 'feelers' reaching into the adjacent trees. Or they may be failed leaders reaching out?



glatt  Tuesday Oct 3 01:08 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123
What does that thing mean???????????
Flint is refering to the Flying Spagetti Monster. "His noodley appendage" is mocking "the hand of God."


Flint  Tuesday Oct 3 01:08 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123
What does that thing mean???????????
Refer to: Open Letter To Kansas School Board


dar512  Tuesday Oct 3 01:09 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123
What does that thing mean???????????
Flying Spaghetti Monster


Spexxvet  Tuesday Oct 3 01:11 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by glatt
... I bet there's enough energy in that bolt to run the house it hit for an entire year.
Sure there is, it just runs the entire year in about 1 second, for vastly different results!:p


Flint  Tuesday Oct 3 01:26 PM

Jake Johannsen: "The directions say 10 minutes at 400 degrees, I'll just put it in for one minute at 4000 degrees!"



Shawnee123  Tuesday Oct 3 01:40 PM

Ahhhh, thanks for the info on FSM, all. Great stuff!



headsplice  Tuesday Oct 3 03:13 PM

And Lo, the Lord spake unto the World: "Suck it, n00b!"



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Oct 3 03:21 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Spexxvet
Sure there is, it just runs the entire year in about 1 second, for vastly different results!:p
True, but if we had a way to store that power. it would eliminate the need for oil, natural gas, coal, Nukes, windmills and
Gerbil treadmills.
Lightning could easily power the whole country with clean renewable power.
Of course it wouldn't be cheap because the electric company has you by the short hairs.... but hey, you can't have it all.


9th Engineer  Tuesday Oct 3 04:18 PM

do we need an explanation of volts vs amps and what they refer too here?



mosquito  Tuesday Oct 3 04:25 PM

OHMED!



Flint  Tuesday Oct 3 04:35 PM

"When there's lightning, you know it always brings me down..."
(picture Dio, sitting inside on a rainy day, looking out the window and weeping)



Undertoad  Tuesday Oct 3 05:17 PM



Thanks, skeeter!



Flint  Tuesday Oct 3 05:18 PM

Outreach for Health, Medicine and Education?



Clodfobble  Tuesday Oct 3 07:39 PM

Flint: like "owned," but with ohms.



tralfaz  Tuesday Oct 3 07:57 PM

I took the plunge and registered. There is some more background to the story. I'd put in a link, but as a new user that would get deleted.
Here is some of it:
"The above lightning stroke was almost certainly a "bolt from the blue" - a relatively rare positive lightning bolt that originates from the top of a distant storm cloud rather than from the negatively charged cloud base. These massive discharges can travel horizontally for 10 miles or more from the top of the main storm. Positive lightning bolts can pack peak currents of up to 340,000 amperes, and they last for tens, or even hundreds, of milliseconds. This is about ten times more current and ten times longer than regular (negative) lightning. As a result, positive lightning is extremely hot, and it does considerable damage to whatever it hits. If you happen to be unlucky enough to be the target of one of these monster bolts, you DO NOT survive."



wolf  Tuesday Oct 3 09:01 PM

Those obvious spam deletions are done lovingly by hand and are not automated, just in case you were wondering.

Whoops. Have I just revealed a trade secret?



Undertoad  Tuesday Oct 3 09:27 PM

Eh, but I'm certain that spammers are not reading the boards to figure out our actual plans to rule the world. (*oops*)

Welcome tral, thanks, and post that link.



Sundae  Wednesday Oct 4 05:45 AM

Any news on where this was? (I can't link to the article).

Although it's a British paper and it's on the British calendar it's unusual for this country:
Houses are usually closer together
There are few places palm trees grow (mostly only the South West)
It's not common to use kilometers in normal conversation
Kane Quinnell? Not typically British name.

Not that it matters where it was (apart from satisfying my curiousity) it's a great photo.



dar512  Wednesday Oct 4 10:06 AM

This says Australia. It's got some other cool pictures as well.



tralfaz  Wednesday Oct 4 10:25 PM

I couldn't log on again yesterday, but this link may or may not get you to more information. If it doesn't, it is because it sometimes redirects you to the home page for teslamania, which is very cool, if you like electricity, but it is hard to find the image in question and the background story.

As for where and when: "Friday night (14/01/05) that appeared to be a few km away, (I live in Old Toongabbie, and the storm appeared to be in Pendle Hill, or Greystanes, Australia)."



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Oct 4 11:07 PM

Good link dar512, did you see the gallery links to the Lichtenberg figures at the bottom....awesome.


Hi tralfaz, welcome to the Cellar and thanks for the input.



dar512  Thursday Oct 5 10:02 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Good link dar512, did you see the gallery links to the Lichtenberg figures at the bottom....awesome.
Yep. Very cool. There's a quote somewhere else on the Cellar about beauty and strangeness being linked. In this case it's beauty and danger.


Flint  Monday Oct 23 10:51 AM

OHMUed!

.



Bullitt  Monday Oct 23 01:13 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by headsplice
And Lo, the Lord spake unto the World: "Suck it, n00b!"



Your reply here?

The Cellar Image of the Day is just a section of a larger web community: a bunch of interesting folks talking about everything. Add your two cents to IotD by joining the Cellar.