Well-wisher Joel Cervantes Macias has raised more than $115,000 to aid Fidencio Sanchez (inset) after seeing the 89-year-old street vendor struggling to push his cart of frozen treats in Chicago (pictured). Macias, a restaurant owner who grew up in Chicago but now lives in Wisconsin, said the sight of Sanchez broke his heart, noting he thought the vendor should be enjoying retirement at his age. He took a photo of Sanchez and posted it to Facebook before buying 20 paletas for $50. After his photo of Sanchez captured the hearts of hundreds, he decided to start a Gofundme page, with the help of a friend, to make life a little easier for Sanchez and his wife, Eladia, who had recently lost their only daughter. They launched the campaign on Friday with the goal of raising just $3,000. But by Sunday evening, they had raised more than $115,000 by donations from more than 5,600 people.
Lightning is generally short and shocking, not long and slow. But a new reportfrom the World Meteorological Organization tracked down the longest lightning bolts, both in terms of time and distance.
The most well-travelled lightning bolt covered a distance of almost 200 miles, streaking across the state of Oklahoma on June 20, 2007.
“The end result reinforces critical safety information regarding lightning, specifically that lightning flashes can travel huge distances from their parent thunderstorms. Our experts’ best advice: when thunder roars, go indoors,” Randall Cerveny, chief Rapporteur of Climate and Weather Extremes for WMO said.
But that long journey took place in a flash. The record for longest-lasting lightning discharge went to a lightning bolt in France on August 30, 2012 that struck continuously for 7.74 seconds. MORE