I’m not sure why, but this is how my phone took a picture of lightning.
Science side: The flash coming off of the lightning is very fast. Your phone’s camera shutter actually takes the photo from side to side. The flash of lightning (or perhaps another lightning flash) struck while it was in the middle of photographing, leaving half of the photo how it was before the flash, and the other half during it.
Science fiction side: What really happened was a tear in the fabric of reality. During that fraction of second, your camera was able to pierce through the veil that separate this dimension from the mirror-image one, also known as a mirror universe.
Through crimson stars and silent stars and tumbling nebulas like oceans set on fire, through empires of glass and civilizations of pure thought, and a whole, terrible, wonderful universe of impossibilities.
I work in a restaurant, and I can confirm that nothing pleases me more than the ability to do things like this. If someone is like, “I WANT EXTRA PICKLES. I WANT MORE PICKLES THAN SANDWICH” I will literally put like thirty pickles on your sandwich. I get yelled at, but it’s funny to me.
One time at Jack in the Box, my sister asked for ranch. They asked her how much she wanted, so she said “like macho ranch” and they gave us a whole bag full of it.