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Why are men more likely to be struck by lightning?

Why are men more likely to be struck by lightning?



 

Studies have found that men are more likely to be struck by lightning, so don’t swear casually!

For many people, the most commonly used word when cursing people and swearing is probably “Heaven strikes and thunder strikes”.

Judging from the “being struck by lightning” event, the damage is high and the probability of occurrence is low, so it has become a favorite word for cursing and swearing.

 

Why are men more likely to be struck by lightning?

 

 


Men are more likely to be struck by lightning than women

 

Whenever there is thunder and rain, people will always ridicule “Which scumbag is swearing again”?

Ridicule is ridicule, but the fact is that men are more likely to be struck by lightning than women.

 

An analysis of lightning-related deaths released by the National Weather Service (NWS) in 2020 showed that among the 418 people killed by lightning strikes between 2006 and 2019, men accounted for 79% of all deaths.

 

 


Why were  people struck by lightning?

 

Thunderbolt is a majestic and somewhat intimidating discharge phenomenon accompanied by lightning and thunder, which is produced by the accumulation and formation of polarity in thunderstorm clouds.


There is a kind of cumulonimbus cloud in the sky. The upper end of the cloud will generate positive charges, the lower end of the cloud will generate negative charges, and the ground will be positive charges. The two positive charges sandwich the negative charges in the middle to form a closed current path. When the charge in the cloud layer accumulates more and more and reaches a certain intensity, it will break down the air and open a narrow channel for forced discharge.

 

When the cloud layer discharges, due to the strong current in the cloud, the air on the channel is burned instantly, and the temperature is as high as 6000-20000 ℃, so it emits a dazzling strong light, which is lightning. The high temperature on the flash channel will cause the air to expand rapidly, and at the same time, it will also vaporize and expand the water droplets, thereby generating shock waves. This strong shock wave activity forms thunder.


Therefore, when a boy swears by “lightning strikes from the sky”, don’t believe him, because thunder itself will not “strike” people, and lightning strikes will occur mainly because lightning triggers a strong current. This is a rare natural phenomenon and has nothing to do with swearing.

 

 

 

 


Why are men more likely to be struck by lightning?

 

Since thunder is a natural phenomenon of electric shock, it will not appear because of whoever sends a “false oath”, so why are men more likely to be struck by lightning than women?

 

1. Men Have Higher Testosterone Levels

In 2010, a study by the University of Illinois in the United States was published in the journal “Natural Science”. The study concluded that lightning strikes are more male-friendly, which may be related to higher testosterone levels in men.


The reason is that an adult male normally secretes 4-9 mg of testosterone per day, which is much higher than that of women. The more testosterone produced, men tend to have thicker hair and drier skin. People with vigorous hair carry much more static voltage than people with less hair.

 

If a person carries a high static voltage, it means that he has a large amount of charge. If he encounters a thunderstorm, he will become a natural current conductor, which is very easy to attract the surrounding lightning. So, those testosterone-hungry and swearers, take heed, beware of misfortune.


2. Men spend more time outdoors

When thunderstorms come, people are more likely to be struck by lightning on hillsides, next to big trees, in open fields, by ponds, etc.

Compared with women, men prefer outdoor activities, sports, work, etc. When thunderstorms suddenly come and there is no shelter, the chance of being struck by lightning naturally increases. Therefore, this is one of the reasons why men are more likely to be struck by lightning than women.

According to relevant statistics, among the total number of sports-related lightning deaths, football accounts for 34%, golf accounts for 29%, running accounts for 23%, and baseball accounts for 9%. The vast majority of victims of sports-related deaths are men (89%); among the total number of work-related lightning deaths, 90% are men.


3. Men are more likely to underestimate danger

Jensenius, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said after counting lightning data: “Men are less likely to respond quickly to threats, or more likely to ignore danger.”

Even if you tell them that your physical condition is more likely to be struck by lightning, and you are more likely to be struck by lightning outdoors…but many men don’t take it seriously. They still run outdoors when they have time, perfectly interpreting what is meant by “a man is a teenager until he dies”.

Therefore, when lightning strikes, compared with women lying on the bed or lying on the sofa to protect themselves from lightning, men who are still “teenagers” have a relatively higher chance of being struck by lightning.

Summary: Lightning is a natural phenomenon of electric shock. Although it will not occur due to swearing or cursing, it is recommended to go out and check the weather forecast whether you are a man or a woman. In case of thunderstorms, it is best to carry out indoor activities to avoid getting into trouble.

 

 

 

 

Why are men more likely to be struck by lightning?

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