In Switzerland, France and Italy, popular prejudice against the lightning rod
was ignited and fueled by the churches and resulted in the tearing down of lightning rods
from many homes and buildings, including one from the Institute of Bologna, the leading scientific institution in Italy.
In reality, a lightning rod
raises the ground from grade up to the tips of the points, or air terminals.
Every infelicity of style is to be found in its pages: redundancies ("some little idiosyncratic eccentricity of Joe's"); euphemisms ("adverse collaterals"); non sequiturs ("people who had happened to be born short through no fault of their own"); needless prefatory phrases ("in fact, of course, as it turned out ..."); amateurish frequency of underscoring ("but that was exactly what a lightning rod
was supposed to do"--one of nine examples on a single page); and those word repetitions that were the bane of Flaubert ("the funny thing was that he just thought it was funny to begin with").
Not to be left out of the benefits are the "lightning rod
This interesting collection of essays examines the scientific and cultural significance of the lightning rod
over the past 250 years.
She became a lightning rod
of international controversy after claiming she was a kidnapped French princess.
Berkley and Pflueger team up to fight walleyes and stamp out missed strikes with the new 6-6 M Moderate Lightning Rod
Shock ($49.95), and the 7030 Medalist Spinning Reel ($89.95).
In 1778, fashionable Parisian women never went out during stormy weather without a lightning rod
attached to their hat.
There was no lightning rod
at the runway of the airport, located in the city of Miyazaki.
Stealing God's thunder; Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod
and the invention of America.
The retreat from multiculturalism began well before 2001--the 9/11 attacks served as a lightning rod
to hasten anti-immigration attitudes.
The Ten Commandments have become a lightning rod
Marcovici acts like a lightning rod
to Whelan's emotional electricity.
When I told Butch he was going to succeed me as CEO, he vowed that BE "would serve as the lightning rod
to inform and inspire people to believe that all things are possible." Under his stewardship, I know that statement will ring true.
The reporter at the center of it all--captivated by power, obsessed with high-level access, addicted to anonymous sources--acts as a pawn in an intragovernmental turf war, becoming in the process a lightning rod
for critics of journalistic comportment.