Just a great photo. Here’s the wall of fire display at the 2016 Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. The silhouette of the plane against the giant dark orange and black flames makes it look more like art from some comic book than a real life shot.
For six years, an underground garbage fire has been steadily burning outside of Saint Louis, Missouri, right next to a landfill filled with nuclear waste buried in the mid-70s. So why hasn’t anyone managed to extinguish it yet?
Sometimes life gives you too many damn matches and not enough things to strike them on. In those situations, just burn those matches together by using them to ignite each other. It’s fun (because fire is fun) and easy, just group four matches together in a square formation in one hand and then strike another match in…
Here’s the classic science experiment of mixing fire and alcohol in a large empty jug. It’s always fun to see the perfect layer of flames slowly dance its way down the cylinder, like a slow drip of fire as the alcoholic vapors combust. Of course, the best part is that ‘whoosh’ sound it makes.
Mother Nature probably never wanted to wax a song about fire and water but when fracking gets involved, all sorts of wild stuff starts happening. This footage apparently shows a gas leak in a river near a fracking site in Australia. There’s so much gas bubbling up that it easily catches on fire and sustains the flames…
Wow. Peeling back the layers of a jawbreaker is so glorious, especially when it’s done with a blow torch. Each color bubbles up and melts away revealing a different color underneath until it’s all gone. This is probably how the Earth gets destroyed in nightmares.
Locks are meant to be broken. Torches are meant to wield fire. So it makes total sense to use a torch to melt the hell out of a lock to bust it open, right? Exactly! Watch as the fire from this torch completely obliterates the lock, so much so that it just oozes open and leaves the U-shape metal totally exposed.…
These guys may have melted the soles of their shoes a bit, but it was worth it to capture these jaw-dropping tricks in stunning slow motion.
I get it now! That’s why soccer doesn’t let players use their hands. Just in case they decide to start playing with a fireball. Watch Joltter, Andrew Henderson, and Melody Donchet do tricks with a ball that’s on fire and also hit a free kick too.
Normally, space and fire don’t mix well, but NASA is deliberately going to cause a “large fire” inside a Cygnus resupply vessel just to see what happens. The rocket’s launching tonight, and as always, you can watch live.
Who would have though a column of fire slowly moving in your direction could be in any way calming?
Nutella is good on toast, with ice cream, or eaten by the spoonful while gently sobbing. But as it turns out, add a dash of potassium permanganate and a little heat, and you have yourself a good little fire.
You can now add lemons to the long list of random objects that can be used to start a fire. But unlike just generating friction and heat by rubbing two sticks together, the process of starting a fire using a piece of citrus fruit involves first turning it into a working battery with copper and zinc electrodes.
The Elide fire ball must be filled with magic potion because it can get thrown into any fire and put it out immediately. Watch this demo video of it as it gets tossed around and turns flame into smoke. Sorcery!
The internet would be a far less awesome place to waste valuable hours at work were it not for the The Slow Mo Guys turning the mundane into the amazing with their high-speed camera. By itself a clump of burning steel wool is only mildly interesting, but at 1,000 frames per second, it’s better than a fireworks…
For a second, it seems like the tennis ball might have a shot in surviving the molten copper because it seems like a force field surrounds the ball. But then, that make believe invisible layer gets destroyed and the tennis ball bursts into glorious flames. It gets even better when the fireball gets squished to release…
Igniting 10,000 sparklers at once was a cute way to ring in the new year, but assembling 100,000 sparklers into a tower and adding fire is probably as close as one could get to building an artificial working volcano.
The blackened skeletons of scorched trees jut out of the smoldering Earth like angry bee stings. A smell of ash, dust, and death hangs in the air. This isn’t a scene from a post apocalyptic movie. It’s part of a Tasmanian World Heritage Site that harbors some of the oldest trees on Earth.
How do you put a candle? It’s simple, just blow it out. Easy enough, right? But so not interesting. The always inquisitive Physics Girl shows us five weird and wacky ways to kill the flame from a candle and each are more interesting than the next. You could use a copper coil or a rounded obstacle or an open glass cap…