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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lostengineer
lostEngineer

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.