Humdinger: Washington Monument struck by lightning

Humdinger: Washington Monument struck by lightning

I don’t even know which category to file this post under.  Politics?  Religion?  Law and Government?

It will take committed determination to avoid seeing an omen in this, recorded the night of 4 June 2020 and currently going viral on social media.

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This isn’t a minor league chin tap.  This is a sledgehammer to the phiz, center mass, with 240 pounds of heavyweight kapow behind it – and a turbo-charged upper-cut as a bonus.  Washington Monument takes a one-two wallop.

The aluminum cap of the pyramidion was intended from the beginning to function as a lightning rod, so it’s no big surprise that it does.  The original design had mixed success, so a group of conductor rods was added later to keep lightning from continuing to melt and misshape the aluminum cap.

How many times has the Monument been hit by lightning?  A lot.  Go to town, dear readers.

Meanwhile, an echo of past encouragement and comfort as Roller Coaster 2020 keeps flopping us wrong-side up.  Keep those harnesses securely locked, and hang on.

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.