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Lightning Strike Detector: Be Safe And Look Geeky

I miss my pager. It was my lifeline during my (gasp) pre-cell phone teenage years and now the very thought of getting a "pager code" message or call and then running to the nearest phone sends waves of nostalgia through my body. If you too are worried about waves going through your body you better pick up this totally tubular StrikeAlert Lightning Strike Detector, which will keep you updated on incoming lightning. The device detects electromagnetic pulses that indicate the proximity of cloud-to-ground lightning and can tell you whether the most recent strike is within 20-40 miles, 12-24 miles, 6-12 miles or within 6 miles.

Before scoffing this bad boy off heed Thinkgeek's warning: lightning is fourty-thousand to one-hundred-twenty thousand amps at three million volts and carries enough power to light a hundred watt bulb for two months. It travels at fourty-five kilometers per second and can kill you faster than rocket to the face.

The device runs on two AAA batteries and is intended for use outside because electromagnetic pulses made by distant lightning strikes are also made by nearby things like computers and televisions. It costs $79.99.

SouthernMom SouthernMom 10 years
Oh my goodness!! I'm not sure about this one at all. I think I'll just continue to use common sense.
kidora kidora 10 years
This is really very funny. Really LOL :)
krystalmak krystalmak 10 years
Ipods and this should team up xP
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
Worrying about getting struck by lightning is low on my list of concerns. In fact, unless it's storming around me, I don't think about it. This is just a way to make money from fear.
Ssugggar Ssugggar 10 years
i used to have a pager , it was so awesome . all my friends had one too . mine was electric blue ! very nostalgic , however , i don't think i would be caught dead with one now . i need my phone at all times . and being paged for lightening , sort of takes away the fun of not knowing its coming .
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Maybe I'll just carry lottery tickets. About the same chances of hitting the big one, and it's a lot less paranoid.
Supermom Supermom 10 years
This is actually a good idea if it works.
lisett lisett 10 years
you never know when this might come in handy.
redsugar redsugar 10 years
They didn't have beepers for anyone but doctors when I was a kid.
sevendayrain sevendayrain 10 years
I dont know about this one
rubialala rubialala 10 years
OMG, I totally just PMed Fit about this saying I wasn't sure if it was a Fit issue or a Geek issue, but that I thought it should be addressed! I just read in the local paper today of someone who was running with his iPod and was struck by lightning. His ears were burned, he had hearing loss, and it broke his jaw! Also, I'm pretty sure his iPod was ruined. The article said that this has happened before. This never would have occured to me, but obviously it does happen. So Sugar members beware! Don't exercise with your iPod in the rain or when you think there might be lightning!!!
cageyme cageyme 10 years
The latest news is that ipods can attract lightning strikes, so this might actually be helpful . . . for those people who like to listen to music or make cell phone calls outside during thunderstorms.
Maru Maru 10 years
Is this really necesary?
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