Why do some people cover mirrors when it thunders?

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Mulanga Mulaudzi  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Greetings,why do some people cover mirrors with towels during a lightning strike?

What do you think?
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Offline Karen W.

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Why do some people cover mirrors when it thunders?
« Reply #1 on: 24/11/2010 07:28:42 »
I am wondering why also . I did not know they did.. perhaps the mirror would reflect a lighting strike and bounce the bolt in another direction..,,seriously that is just a thought.. could someone else explain?
 I am sure I am wrong but usually a mirror reflects light back into a room so maybe its possible to do the same with a lightening bolt???
« Last Edit: 02/12/2010 12:10:51 by Karen W. »

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Why do some people cover mirrors when it thunders?
« Reply #2 on: 24/11/2010 09:57:35 »
A mirror does reflect light, but the lightning bolt is made up of electrical current.  It's true a mirror has a little bit of metal in it, but not nearly enough to do much to a lightning bolt. 

I suspect the reason to cover mirrors is largely superstition.  If covering things with cloth really protected them from lightning, you put a blanket over your head during a thunderstorm for protection.

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Why do some people cover mirrors when it thunders?
« Reply #3 on: 02/12/2010 12:12:05 »
Thanks JP.. I had never heard of anyone covering mirrors during lightening storms.

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Why do some people cover mirrors when it thunders?
« Reply #4 on: 03/12/2010 02:27:00 »
Weird stuff.. 

I use my duck as protection myself hiding in the bathtub.
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