Saturday, May 26, 2007

[chinese] wrath of confucius

And while we're still on the topic of the Good Lord, is there any reason you'd suppose He has a down on the Chinese?

Lightning has killed 56 people in China this year, 17 more than the same period last year, Yu Rucong, deputy chief of the China Meteorological Administration, said on Friday.

Another 65 people were injured, 26 more than in the previous year, Yu said, adding the lightning accidents have caused direct economic losses of 10.97 million yuan (US$1.4 million) in the first four months.

Just asking.


Bag said...

They say there is a lighning strike every second at some point in the world. There is over 1B Chinese maybe it is just the odds. How many people are getting crispy in other countries?

james higham said...

That's an idea - a Crisp Index!

lady macleod said...

I say it is the Kitchen God gone buggers.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Well, I can't do the maths but it would seem to be the odds. I saw two boys struck by lightning outside the first school where I taught, in London. It was horrific. One of them died. It happened just as the school day ended and if I'd been the teacher who took them for the last class of the day I think I'd always have wondered, "What if I'd let them out a split second sooner or later?" It's so arbitrary.

james higham said...

Good tries all - Lady MacLeod wins the prize this time.