Friday, May 1, 2009

The Geff That Keeps on Giving

Some guy somewhere had an epiphany, thanks to Glenn Geffner, the Michio Kaku of sportscasters:

So, I’m listening to the Marlins-Braves game on radio at lunchtime on Thursday.

Out of the blue, during the second inning, announcer Glenn Geffner says, (and I’m paraphrasing):

Did you know that a bolt of lightning can reach a temperature of 50,000 degrees? That’s five times hotter than the surface of the sun, which is about 10,000 degrees.

Geffner said he learned this little factoid from Jeff Francoeur, Atlanta’s right outfielder.

Dave Van Horne, Geffner’s play-by-play partner, responded with words to the effect: And that’s why if you’re struck by lightning, that probably will be your last moment on earth.

Actually, and thanks for asking, lightning can be more than 5 times the temperature of the surface of the sun, but the sun's core is way hotter, and not in a Eliza Dushku way.

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