Most of those that got hit by lightning lived in rural areas, and many were farmers. Why then are people not fried by bolts in increasing numbers? The answer, in part, is plumbing and tractors– how about that…
In the 1890s, lightning most commonly killed people asleep on their beds inside their homes like Henry Crampton in Scotch Corners. That doesn’t happen anymore. If lightning strikes a home now, there’s enough wiring and plumbing for the electricity to ground out.
Did you know that in the 1920s, only 1 percent of homes in the U.S. had electricity and plumbing? By the 1930s, Canada had developed codes regulating both, and as more buildings followed those regulations they became safer. Since the 1950s, nearly all homes in the U.S. have both electricity and plumbing, and consequently very few getting hit by lightening.
But this is the first time I have ever heard that someone was tattooed by lightening.
Clipped from The Coffeyville Daily Journal, 02 Jan 1897, Sat, Page 2
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 29 Jul 1898, Fri, Page 1
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