5 Totally Bizarre Ways to Put Out a Candle

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 or pouring CO2 onto it or even just freeze the flame with liquid nitrogen.


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My favorite party trick is to simply act macho and grab the flame or pinch it between my thumb and index finger, then dare someone else to do it.

Of course I don't tell them my hands are wet (don't ask), and I'm using the latent heat of the residual water to absorb the heat while I'm depriving the flame of 02.