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Did you know that the U.S. National Park Ranger Roy Sullivan has the record for being struck by lightning the most times?

Did you know that Lightning strikes are electrical discharges, which typically occur during a thunderstorms?

Did you know that an estimated 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year and about 240,000 are injured?

Did you know that in the U.S., between 9 and 10% of those struck by lighting die for an average of 40 to 50 deaths per year (28 people in 2008)?

Did you know that lighting in the United States, it is the #2 weather killer (second only to floods)?

Did you know that the U.S. National Park Ranger Roy Sullivan has the record for being struck by lightning the most times?

Did you know that Sullivan was struck seven times during his 35 year career?

Did you know that he lost the nail on one of his big toes, and suffered multiple injuries to the rest of his body because of the lighting strikes?.

Did you know that lightning strikes injure humans in several different ways?

  • Direct strike, which is usually fatal.
  • Contact injury, when the person was touching an object that was struck
  • Side splash, when current jumped from a nearby object to the victim
  • Ground strike, current passing from a strike through the ground into a nearby victim. A strike can cause a difference of potential in the ground (due to resistance to current in the Earth), amounting to several thousand volts per foot.
  • Blast injuries, either hearing damage or blunt trauma by being thrown to the ground.

Did you know that the severe injuries caused by lighting strikes usually create thermal burns?

Did you know that Telephones, modems, computers and other electronic devices can be damaged by lightning, as harmful overcurrent can reach them through the phone jack, Ethernet cable, or electricity outlet ?

Did you know that a secondary effect of lightning on users of telephone equipment can be hearing damage, as the strike may cause bursts of extremely loud noise?

Did you know that close lighting strikes can also generate electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) – especially during ‘positive’ lightning discharges?

Did you know that on December 8, 1963, Pan Am Flight 214 crashed because it was struck by lighting?

Did you know that Pan Am Flight 214 loss of all 81 passengers and crew?

Did you know that on December 24, 1971 LANSA Flight 508 crashed because it was struck by lighting?
Did you know that LANSA Flight 508, loss 91 people – and all of its 6 crew?

Did you know that Juliane Köpcke, was the sole survivor LANSA Flight 508?
Did you know that she fell 2 miles (3 km) down into the Amazon rainforest strapped to her seat and remarkably survived the fall, and was then able to walk through the jungle for 10 days until she was rescued by local lumbermen?


Did you know that  lightning rods and electrical charge dissipators, are used to prevent lightning damage and safely redirect lightning strikes?

Did you know that a  lightning rod (or lightning protector) is a metal strip or rod, usually of copper or similar conductive material, used as part of lightning safety to protect tall or isolated structures (such as the roof of a building or the mast of a vessel) from lightning damage?

Did you know that lightning can strike without rain actually falling?

Did you know that if thunder can be heard at all then there is a risk of lightning?

Did you know that the safest place is inside a building or a vehicle, and that you should remains for up to 30 minutes after the last observed lightning or thunder?

Did you know that if a person is injured by lightning they do not carry an electrical charge and can be safely handled to apply first aid before emergency services arrive?

Did you know that lightning can affect the brainstem, which controls breathing?
Did you know that if a victim appears lifeless, it is important to begin artificial resuscitation immediately to prevent death by suffocation? 


Now if you didn’t know, now you know…

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Who is Mariska Magdolna Hargitay?

Who is Mariska Magdolna Hargitay? The entertainment and acting world knows her as a Mariska Hargitay Golden Globe– and Emmy Award– winning American actress, best known for her role as Det. Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Hargitay was born January 23, 1964 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Jayne Mansfield, an actress and 1950s-era sex symbol, and Hungarian-born former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay. Her first and middle names are Hungarian and refer to Mary Magdalene (Mariska is a diminutive of Maria). Her family name has Hungarian references also. It means: “of Hargita“. Hargitay has two half-sisters, Jayne Marie Mansfield and Tina Hargitay; two brothers, Miklós and Zoltán Hargitay; and a half-brother, Antonio Ottaviano (a.k.a. Tony Cimber), a former director whose works include the female wrestling show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Hargitay’s parents had divorced in May 1963, but a judge later found their Mexican divorce invalid. They had reconciled a few months before Mariska’s birth in January 1964 but soon separated again; and in August 1964, the Mexican divorce was ruled legal. A few weeks later, Mansfield married the director Matt Cimber, who had directed her in a 1964 production of the William Inge play Bus Stop.

On June 29, 1967, Jayne Mansfield was killed in an automobile accident on a stretch of U.S. Highway 90 between New Orleans and Slidell, Louisiana. Her boyfriend, Sam Brody, and the driver were also killed. Asleep in the back of the vehicle, Mariska, then three-and-a-half years old, was left with a zig-zag scar on one side of her head. Her brothers Miklós and Zoltán were also in the car, but escaped with minor injuries. After the death of their mother, the three siblings were raised by their father and his third wife, Ellen Siano.
Hargitay was active in the theater program of her secondary school Marymount High School; and she attended UCLA School of Theater Film and Television (where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma)[1] but left six months before graduating as she began her career.[2]

In 1982, Hargitay was crowned Miss Beverly Hills USA,[3] and was fourth runner up at the Miss California USA Pageant in Oxnard. She made her screen debut with a small role in Star 80. Within a few years she had landed recurring roles in the television series Downtown and Falcon Crest, in which she played the character Carly Fixx. She portrayed police officer Angela Garcia in the 1992 series Tequila & Bonetti, and appeared in an episode of the fourth season of Seinfeld. Two years later, Hargitay portrayed Didi Edelstein, the sexy next-door neighbor, in the 1995 sitcom Can’t Hurry Love, which starred Nancy McKeon. In 1997, Hargitay played detective Nina Echeverria on the drama series Prince Street, and had a recurring role as Cynthia Hooper during the fourth season of ER.

Hargitay has appeared on numerous other television programs, including: Freddy’s Nightmares, Ellen, All American Girl, Baywatch, Cracker, Gabriel’s Fire, In the Heat of the Night, JoJo’s Circus, The Single Guy, Wiseguy, and thirtysomething. Her voice is featured on the 2005 video game True Crime: New York City. Hargitay also had a minor role (“Hooker in Bar”) in the 1995 film Leaving Las Vegas, and briefly replaced Gabrielle Fitzpatrick in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, although the footage was deemed unusable.

Since 1999, Hargitay has portrayed Det. Olivia Benson, the female lead in the drama series Law &
Order: Special Victims Unit. “As a woman, it’s gratifying to play such a multilayered part,” she stated on her official website. “Olivia is not only a competent, street-smart cop, she’s also an empathetic woman who can respond emotionally to victims of terrible crimes without compromising her professionalism.”[4] As a result of her casting, Hargitay has been named as the “highest paid TV actress” working today in the Guinness Book of World Records 2008 Edition.

Upon winning her Emmy on August 27, 2006, Hargitay made a point of thanking her father for everything he had done for her in her life. Just 17 days later, on September 14, 2006, her father died from multiple myeloma in Los Angeles, California, aged 80.
In late December 2008, she suffered a partially collapsed lung after a freak sledding accident in the Hamptons.[8]

Hargitay co-founded the Joyful Heart Foundation,[9] an organization that provides support to women who have been sexually assaulted. The Foundation is a proponent of the idea that swimming with dolphins promotes healing after major psychological traumas such as rape.

Hargitay also has worked with the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention program; NBC’s “The More You Know” campaign; Safe Horizon; Santa Monica Rape Crisis Treatment Center; Project ALS; Girl Scouts of the USA; and the James Redford Institute for Transplant Awareness. She has been an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.[10]

Miklos Friedrich Hermann
Hargitay speaks HungarianFrenchSpanish and Italian as well as English.[5] On August 282004, in Santa BarbaraCalifornia, she married Peter Hermann, an actor and writer who has often appeared on SVU as Defense Attorney Trevor Langan.[6] On June 282006, Hargitay gave birth to August Miklos Friedrich Hermann, by caesarean section. During the last months of her pregnancy, she took maternity leave from SVU, and was temporarily replaced by Connie Nielsen. She appeared with her baby, August, in a Got Milk? ad in January 2007.[7]

 Mariska, and husband, actor Peter Hermann were considering both international and domestic adoption and we’re thrilled that this is the way our prayers were answered. adopted a baby girl April 2011 .

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