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An interesting set of examples of how people simply don't take relative risks into perspective. (Another example is the nearly panic driven to the real, but numerically small risk caused by the GM key switches. --Anyone who's driven old cars as much as I have has experienced unexpected engine shutdown).
Running into the house in a storm doesn't always work. A neighbor was struck by lightning that went through a screen door and into the kitchen. Fortunately the injuries were not too serious.
So it would appear that the odds of you getting killed by lightening are greater than the odds of you getting killed by the police if you are doing nothing wrong or provocative. Shouldn't we protest lightening or something?
the article doesn't explain risk very well. walking around outdoors might be more or less safe in a lightning storm, but if you're carrying a graphite fly rod or steel shotgun, the risk is huge.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
The math is right, but the problem is not correctly stated. Your outside, your already in the storm, your wet and well grounded - maybe even the tallest thing in your area. Now what are your odds? The odds of getting struck compared with sitting in a Lazy-Boy are very slim but that's not the number you need.