Lightning is one of the most beautiful natural phenomena. It's just so fast and so full of power. It's nature at its strongest. The only problem is that when it hits someone, they get really hurt.

Just take a look for yourself.

Yeah. These marks may look all mystic but they are not. They develop over a period of time and basically mean that your flesh might be decaying.

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These tattoo like scars are better known as the Lichtenberg Figures.

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The odds of getting struck by lightning in any given year is about 1 in 3,00,000.

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While lightning strikes are not very common, people living near water bodies are always at risk.

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A lightning bolt can heat the surrounding air to 27,760 degrees Celsius. That's enough to evaporate everything in the surrounding. 

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Lighting strikes can lead to amnesia, cardiac arrests, seizures, brain injury and spinal cord damage among other things. 

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While the flashes we see as a result of a lightning strike travel at the speed of light, an actual lightning strike travels at a comparatively gentle 270,000 mph.

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This means it would take about 55 minutes to travel to the moon, or around 1.5 seconds to get from London to Bristol.

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Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela is the place on Earth that receives the most lightning strikes. 

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Massive thunderstorms occur on 140-160 nights per year with an average of 28 lightning strikes per minute lasting up to 10 hours at a time.

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That's as many as 40,000 lightning strikes in one night!

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Lightning is one of nature's most recurrent and common spectacles. Around the world, there are over 3,000,000 flashes every day.

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That's around 44 strikes every second.

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While the intensity of a lightning strike can make them appear as thick bolts across the sky, the actual width of a lightning bolt is only about 2-3 cms. 

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The average length of a lightning bolt is about 2-3 miles.

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So, I guess, be careful, and hope that you're lucky enough not to get anywhere close to a lightening strike. Because that would really suck!