Lightning never strikes the same place twice. Really?

The ancient wisdom “Lightning never strikes the same place twice” has often been used, all over the world and in the literature, to convince us that the same highly unlikely thing would never happen to the same person twice.

Statistically it may sound correct, but in reaity it’s only a myth - literally and metaphorically! It’s quite well established by now that Lightning can indeed strike the same place again and again, given enough time to strike more than once.

That’s why we say: “The truth is always stranger than the fiction.

Lightning is tremendous energy transferred from point to point in infinitesimally small time - literally in a matter of nanoseconds.

Lightning is tremendous energy transferred from point to point in infinitesimally small time – literally in a matter of nanoseconds.

Here is a relevant and insightful quote from Quotes.net in the same context.

“It’s only a myth that “Lightning never strikes the same place twice”. Very recently , on June 30, 2014, three high-rising skyscrapers from Chicago were struck by Lightning 22 times – 10 strikes to the Sears (a.k.a. Willis) Tower, 8 to the Trump Tower, and 4 to the John Hancock Center. Scientifically speaking, there is always a good probability that Lightning can strike any location more than once, given enough time, and at the same spot over and over again. It may take as little a few seconds in a single thunderstorm, or as long as millions of years – but Lightning will eventually strike twice, at least. And it’s the truth that is stranger than the fiction.”

-Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

When Tornedo Meets Lightning, It's An Amazing Scene.

When Tornedo Meets Lightning, It’s An Amazing Scene.

Amazing Lightning Storm Illuminated Seaside City of Split in Croatia. October 2012.

Amazing Lightning Storm Illuminated Seaside City of Split in Croatia. October 2012.

Nikola Tesla. Great Inventor in the field of Electricity. Nicola Tesla was born on the stormy night filled with thunder and lightnings. 1890 Photograph.

Nikola Tesla. Great Inventor in the field of Electricity. Nicola Tesla was born on the stormy night filled with thunder and lightnings. 1890 Photograph.

One of Dr. Tesla's striking experiments. A blare of light produced in a filamentless bulb by wireless power transmitted from a loop carrying terrific currents oscillating eighty million times per second.

One of Dr. Tesla’s striking experiments. A blare of light produced in a filamentless bulb by wireless power transmitted from a loop carrying terrific currents oscillating eighty million times per second.

Great American Inventor Benjamin Franklin and his son William flying kite in an electric storm. June 15, 1752, Philad elphia, USA.

Great American Inventor Benjamin Franklin and his son William flying kite in an electric storm, filled with thunder and lightning. June 15, 1752, Philadelphia, USA.

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69 Years After The Nuremberg Trials…..

Today, November 20, 2014 marks 69th anniversary of The Nuremberg Trials.

Photograph taken at the Nuremberg Trials, showing Nazi German defendents and American Army

Photograph taken at the Nuremberg Trials, showing Nazi defendants and American Army personnel.

The history that led to The Nuremberg trials was brutal, disgusting, horrendous, horrifying and spine-chilling – and yet, The Nuremberg Trials brought about the justice, and most importantly, a closure to the darkest episode in the history of humankind, in my view.

On this occasion of 69th anniversary of those famous trials, shared here are some of the facts about The Nuremberg Trials, lest they get forgotten with time:

  • The Nuremberg Trials were conducted by an international tribunal made up of representatives from the United States, the Soviet Union, France, and Great Britain.
  • The Nuremberg Trials were the first trials of their kind in history, and the defendants faced charges ranging from crimes against peace, to crimes of war, to crimes against humanity.
  • Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II.
  • Lord Justice Geoffrey Lawrence, the British member, presided over the proceedings, which lasted 10 months and consisted of 216 court sessions.
  • On October 1, 1946, 12 architects of Nazi policy were sentenced to death. Seven others were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 10 years to life, and three were acquitted.
  • Of the original 24 defendants, one, Robert Ley, committed suicide while in prison, and another, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, was deemed mentally and physically incompetent to stand trial.
  • Among those condemned to death by hanging were Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi minister of foreign affairs; Hermann Goering, leader of the Gestapo and the Luftwaffe; Alfred Jodl, head of the German armed forces staff; and Wilhelm Frick, minister of the interior.
  • On October 16, 10 of the architects of Nazi policy were hanged. Goering, who at sentencing was called the “leading war aggressor and creator of the oppressive program against the Jews,” committed suicide by poison on the eve of his scheduled execution.
  • Nazi Party leader Martin Bormann was condemned to death in absentia (but is now believed to have died in May 1945).
  • Trials of lesser German and Axis war criminals continued in Germany into the 1950s and resulted in the conviction of 5,025 other defendants and the execution of 806 Nazi war criminals.

I end this post with the last remark from the opening statement, because it surely speaks volumes, and clarifies the position of law and order to ensure justice in our world.

Justice Robert H. Jackson, Chief of Counsel for the United States, made his opening statement to the International Military Tribunal in Case No. 1, The United States of America, the French Republic, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics v. Hermann Wilhelm Göring, et al., on November 21, 1945, in the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg, Germany.

Civilization asks whether law is so laggard as to be utterly helpless to deal with crimes of this magnitude by criminals of this order of importance. It does not expect that you can make war impossible. It does expect that your juridical action will put the forces of international law, its precepts, its prohibitions and, most of all, its sanctions, on the side of peace, so that men and women of good will, in all countries, may have “leave to live by no man’s leave, underneath the law.”

The interior of the Fasanenstrasse Synagogue in Berlin after Kristallnacht

The interior of the Fasanenstrasse Synagogue in Berlin after Kristallnacht that started the infamous Holocaust – the darkest chapter of human history.

We always hear: “History repeats itself.”

Let us hope and pray that the horrifying history that led to The Nuremberg Trials would never repeat – never ever again!

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Take Care, and God Bless You All!

-Deo,

Massachusetts, Thursday, November 20, 2014.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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Dreams seen in the broad daylight, with eyes wide open….

Believe it or not, Truth can be stranger than fiction!

Never let your Dreams fade away or die, especially those you’ve seen in the broad daylight, with eyes wide open…..”

We, as Humans, are distinct and unique in our capability to dream, and then strive to transform those Dreams into reality. The Dreams at night, seen with eyes wide shut, are nothing but illusions created by electronic impulses and waves within our brain and central nervous system. On the contrary, the Dreams seen in broad daylight, with our eyes wide open, are the most important ones, because we can pursue those diligently with total focus from our heart and mind, and soon make them come true in actuality. In my opinion, these Dreamers, Believers, Pursuers, Thinkers, Inventors, Innovators, Planners, Strategists, and Doers are the ones who change our world, and make it better and better than it was ever before. Our world needs billions and trillions of such Dreamers who will lead humanity to perfection. So, never let your Dreams fade away or die, especially those you’ve seen in the broad daylight, with eyes wide open. Go after your Dreams, relentlessly with perfect plan, passion and perseverance, no matter what others say or do. Good luck in making your Dreams come true!

- Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Reference: From Quotes.net

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Venturing Outside the Comfort Zone….

Stepping outside the comfort zone and challenging the status quo often brings about the best in people, even though leaving the comfort zone isn’t really liked by most people.

Here is a relevant quote in the same context of venturing outside the comfort zone -

from Quotes.net

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“We gain amazing confidence and courage on every occasion, invariably, when we work outside our comfort zone. When we are outside our element, we have no choice but to challenge ourselves in order to win against all odds, and in the face of fear and uncertainty. In my view, we offer our best performance when we have to operate outside our comfort zone, just like a meteor enters Earth’s gravitational field and shines with the brightest light that illuminates the sky. Hence we mustn’t fear leaving our comfort zone or being outside our element any time. Instead, we should challenge the status quo to offer the best performance in an unfamiliar territory. This is how we reinvent ourselves, and become the better versions of ourselves than ever before.”

-Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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A fireball Geminids falling earthwards. The Draconid meteor shower of October 8, 2011, featured about 1000 meteors falling per hour. Almost all meteors burn up and disintegrate long before reaching the surface of the Earth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Leonid Meteor Storm, as seen over North Americ...

Leonid Meteor Storm, spectacular show of bright meteors entering Earth’s gravitational field, as seen over North America on the night of November 12-13, 1833. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

227 images taken during the night of the Perse...

This image was created by combining 227 different images taken during the night of the Perseid Meteor Shower, using the free startrails.exe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Courage is the most important of all virtues…..

Originally posted on Deo Optimo Maximo:

In the testing moments in life, it’s the Courage that enables one to face the challenges, and emerge as the Winner.

Courage is indeed the most important of all virtues.

Mayflower discovering the world, overcoming many challenges.

Mayflower discovering the world, facing and overcoming many challenges with courage.

Here is a relevant quote from Quotes.net

“Often when we are least expecting it, Life sets up a really tough challenge to test our courage and our ability to fight. We mustn’t pretend that nothing has happened, but instead must stand up and face the reality with utmost Courage. We must accept the facts that the Challenge is never going to wait, and that the flow of Life does not reverse. At such testing moments in life, Courage is what enables us to stand up, face the challenge and overcome all odds. Courage is what truly makes us who we are, as we wrestle with our demons to…

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On Creation & Cultivation of Beauty and Endurance….

Deodatta Shenai-Khatkhate:

Marilyn Monroe. Most Beautiful Actress of 20th Century, Who Symbolized Beauty & Elegance..

Marilyn Monroe. Most Beautiful American Actress of 20th Century, Who Symbolized Beauty & Elegance..

Originally posted on Deo Optimo Maximo:

Endurance is an absolute key in Creation & Cultivation of Beauty, in my view.

"I must be an Emerald, and I must keep my color."; Said Marcus Aurelius.

Creation & Cultivation of Beauty doesn’t happen without Endurance.

Here is a relevant quote from Quotes.net

“Creation and cultivation of Beauty doesn’t happen without tremendous Endurance. True Beauty is often emerged out of Chaos and Turbulence. Look at the eruptions of Volcanoes and shaking of Earth that give birth to beautiful mountains and scenic lakes. Think of those amazingly attractive Stalactites formed only after continuous erosion by slow dripping water. Something far superior, magnificent, better and beautiful always appears out of otherwise ordinary – only after enduring the colossal Chaos, frightening Fury, traumatizing Turbulence and disturbing Disorder within the stagnant Status Quo. That’s the reality of life! So, accept and endure the changes, no matter how chaotic, stormy and irrational they may seem to you today. Take it like this: You are chosen by…

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The Night of Meteor Shower & Shooting Stars, November 17, 2014.

Every November, the Leonid Meteor Shower takes place, as our planet Earth moves through space, and crosses the orbital path of Comet Tempel-Tuttle, the parent comet of the Leonid meteor shower. This year, in 2014, the peak night of the shower is expected from late evening November 17 to the morning of November 18. The best time to watch these shooting stars is the morning (not the evening) of the 18th November. The previous morning, i.e. on November 17, might also be worth considering for meteor showers.

Today I share this interesting information about the most famous Meteor Shower of 1833, more than 180 years ago, during the night of November 12 and early morning of November 13, 1833. It is also known as the “night the stars fell”, or the meteor storm of 1833, which was reported to produce more than 100,000 meteors an hour.

Here is one interesting account of that Most Famous Meteor Shower on the Night of November 12, 1833.

“On the night of November 12-13, 1833, a tempest of falling stars broke over the Earth… The sky was scored in every direction with shining tracks and illuminated with majestic fireballs. At Boston, the frequency of meteors was estimated to be about half that of flakes of snow in an average snowstorm. Their numbers… were quite beyond counting; but as it waned, a reckoning was attempted, from which it was computed, on the basis of that much-diminished rate, that 240,000 must have been visible during the nine hours they continued to fall.”

- Agnes Clerke, Victorian Astronomy Writer

English: The most famous depiction of the 1833...

The most famous depiction of the 1833, actually produced in 1889 for the Adventist book Bible Readings for the Home Circle – the engraving is by Adolf Vollmy based upon an original painting by the Swiss artist Karl Jauslin, that is in turn based on a first-person account of the 1833 storm by a minister, Joseph Harvey Waggoner on his way from Florida to New Orleans. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Nov. 13, 1833, the sky was full of shooting stars from the Leonid meteor shower. This shower was associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle and was named Leonid because it looked like it was shooting from the Leo constellation. The Meteor Shower of 1833 was reportedly a great spectacular sight, so much so that many people thought the world was coming to an end. It’s called as the “night the stars fell” in several stories. In general, Earth moves through the meteoroid stream of particles left from the passages of a comet. The stream comprises solid particles, known as meteoroids, ejected by the comet as its frozen gases evaporate under the heat of the Sun when it is close enough – typically closer than Jupiter’s orbit. The Leonids are a fast moving stream which encounter the path of Earth and impact at 72 km/s. Larger Leonids which are about 10 mm across have a mass of half a gram and are known for generating bright (apparent magnitude -1.5) meteors. An annual Leonid shower may deposit 12 or 13 tons of particles across the entire planet.

English: A fireball Geminids falling earthward...

A fireball Geminids falling earthwards. The Draconid meteor shower of October 8, 2011, featured about 1000 meteors falling per hour. Almost all meteors burn up and disintegrate long before reaching the surface of the Earth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Leonid meteor shower happens every November, but it is expected to be more intense every 33 years. This can be explained as follows: The Tempel Tuttle comet revolves around the sun every 32 and a half years. The Earth passes through the comet’s orbit every year, but it’s closest to the Earth every 33 years when it passes closest to the sun. Hence the Meteor Shower gets intense every 33 years.

Leonid Meteor Storm, as seen over North Americ...

Leonid Meteor Storm, as seen over North America on the night of November 12-13, 1833. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Meteor Shower event was first recorded in 902 A.D, and Plato has documented similar Meteor Showers in his writings. There have been other accounts of the Leonid Meteor Showers, but the 1833 Shower was apparently the most spectacular ever recorded.

227 images taken during the night of the Perse...

This image was created by combining 227 different images taken during the night of the Perseid Meteor Shower, using the free startrails.exe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Picture of Comet 67P, as captured by Philae and Rosetta Spacecraft on 19 September 2014.  Comet 67P is 317,000,000 miles from our planet Earth.

Picture of Comet 67P, as captured by Philae and Rosetta Spacecraft on 19 September 2014. Comet 67P is 317,000,000 miles from our planet Earth.

We expect the Leonids Meteor Shower of this year to be reaching its peak on late night of November 17, 2014 to early morning November 18, 2014, in just two days.

Enjoy the Amazing Celestial Events of Nature: Leonid Meteor Showers!

-Deo,

Massachusetts, Saturday, November 15, 2014.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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