We’ve been told our entire lives not to play with fire. But whoever coined that expression never stopped to think about how flames and explosions could make falling dominoes even more captivating to watch.
Making matches at a factory involves some staggering numbers: two million splints an hour get fed into a perforated steel plate so that they can be ready to get dipped in the red lighter material, 500 boxes of matches get made per minute to house the matches, and 200 matches are processed per second. It’s a doozy. And…
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…
Who would have though a column of fire slowly moving in your direction could be in any way calming?
Many of you may remember this slow motion video from a little over a year ago. The American Chemical Society has now taken this footage—shot at an astounding 4,000 frames per second—to explain what’s actually happening at the molecular level when a match is struck.
Birthdays are as much about celebrating someone as they are a desperate attempt to find a book of matches or a working lighter to secretly get the candles on a birthday cake lit. But that mad hunt for fire could be a thing of the past if these self-lighting Match Candles ever become a reality.
It's usually over in an instant, but when you capture macro footage of a match head igniting at 4,000 frames per second, suddenly that almost instantaneous event becomes a fascinating look into the science of fire and ignition. And believe it or not, YouTuber UltraSlo had to throw an additional 2,000 watts of light on…
Striking a match isn't a particularly dramatic process. But an explosion that goes off with the tap of a glass rod? Much more dramatic. Yet they both stem from the same reaction.
Need an excuse to go play with matches? Too bad, you're getting one anyway. Turns out if you place a couple matches up against each other just right and then light them on fire (duh), you can actually perform a crazy little levitation trick!
In practice, strike-anywhere matches are super simple; just hit things until fire starts. But there's actually a whole bunch of chemistry hiding in those little red and white tips, and even the sticks below them.
We all know the familiar, dotted pattern of a matchbox striking strip. It's distinctive, but not particularly pretty. But with a splash of color and a little geometric variation, you can actually get something worth having out on the shelf.
Douse them with water. Bury them in earth. Blast them with air. None of it's going to stop these matches from burning. And I'm assuming Heart wouldn't put up much of a fight against them either.
Some people can start a fire with green two twigs in a monsoon, but others among us prefer to do things the easy way.
Can't get enough of Bruce Lee secret training videos, even if they happen to just be viral ads for Nokia's Lee-themed N95? Me neither! Following last week's awesome ping pong battle, here's a new clip where a dude playing the Master of Jeet Kune Do lights freakin' matches with his nunchucks! [Youtube]
Hey, it's your birthday! To celebrate this momentous occasion I got the pocket birthday kit complete with four candles, matches and a base. Why are you crying? What do you mean you don't have any friends? I'm here with the pocket birthday dude! This is supposed to be a happy time. Available for about $6 (which is…
Think lighting a match takes too much time and effort? You're not alone, apparently. Rather than going through the excruciating motions of taking a match out of a matchbox and striking it on the side, the Lucifer holds matches and strikes them as you take them out.