Lightning hits family car seconds after kid's wish for lightning strike
A Utah family was struck by lightning while driving through a rainstorm. The strike came almost immediately after one of the kids hoped for one.
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Here's a reminder that you should always be careful what you wish for. Lightning struck a family in their car seconds after one of the kids wished it would, according to KSL.com.
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Taylor, Denham and Tanner Morlock were traveling with their dad to Church Wells, Utah. As the family drove through a heavy rainstorm, Taylor said he hoped they'd get struck by lightning.
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Almost immediately after he said it, the SUV's antenna was indeed struck by a bolt of lightning, but it wasn't as cool as Taylor probably thought it would be. The antenna was destroyed, the car's electrical gauges all shut off and three tires were blown out. The Morlocks were stranded until a passerby stopped and called them a tow truck. Fortunately, everyone was unharmed, albeit a little shaken up.
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"It was hot, it's scary and it's loud," Denham said, taking the time to blame his brother for the incident. "He should never say it again."
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As scary as it was, though, the Morlocks said that several of the electronics in their car had dead batteries before the lightning strike, but were all fully charged after. That may not be how batteries work, but it sure makes for a good story.
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I can definitely say that I have said things that have affected my life in a profound way. Not always good and not always bad.
But as Mark Twain once said: The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.