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10 Myths About Lightning

        Science | Storms

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People Can Carry an Electrical Charge
No, you can't get shocked from a person struck by lightning. So don’t hesitate to offer aid. Paramount Pictures/Fotos International/Getty Images)
No, you can't get shocked from a person struck by lightning. So don’t hesitate to offer aid. Paramount Pictures/Fotos International/Getty Images)

Some folks just look like they have lightning in them. When the late, great music icon James Brown leapt to the stage during his life as a performer, he danced like a man who'd been struck by lightning and was experiencing an electric charge from his head down to his shuffling feet. Same goes for businessman and reality TV impresario, Donald Trump, who's perhaps best known for the rodent skin taped to the top of his head. People would be forgiven for taking that hairpiece as the mark of a man who wasn't able to find shelter quickly enough during a lightning storm.

All of this is to say that looks can be deceiving. If you personally watch someone get struck by lightning, it may be only natural to assume that he or she is carrying an electric charge. In actuality, even a human body that's been zapped by a bolt from out of the sky doesn't store electricity. Although a lightning strike can cause cardiac arrest, burns and nerve damage, most victims are able to survive if they get the necessary medical attention. That may include CPR [source: NOAA].