Talk:Ball lightning

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"Urban myth"[edit]

The article claims that ball lightning was considered an "urban myth" until the 1960s. I don't think that's the right term to use, because according to that article, the term a) wasn't in use until the '60s, and b) refers to "a form of modern folklore consisting of usually fictional stories, often with macabre elements, deeply rooted in local popular culture. These legends can be used for entertainment purposes, as well as for semi-serious explanations for random events such as disappearances and strange objects" - none of which applies to ball lightning. What would be a better term to use? Iapetus (talk) 15:29, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

The cited source http://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/climate-weather/atmospheric/ball-lightning.htm doesn't use the term "urban myth", and doesn't very strongly suit the sentence it is used to support ("Until the 1960s, most scientists argued that ball lightning was not a real phenomenon but an urban myth, despite numerous reports from throughout the world"). Keeping the "howstuffworks" source, perhaps change the sentence in the article to "Until the 1960s, most scientists treated reports of ball lighning sceptically, despite numerous reports from throughout the world" ? Ghughesarch (talk) 16:31, 10 March 2017 (UTC)
I think that your rewording is an improvement, and we don't need to repeat the marginal misuse of the term in the source. Reify-tech (talk) 18:51, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

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Cameras are everywhere now[edit]

Surveillance cameras are everywhere and many people have smartphones yet we don't have any robust evidence of ball lighting. Surely, there must be some explanation? Alliumnsk (talk) 18:00, 28 June 2018 (UTC)