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Man Spends Months Building a Giant Sphere of Matches and Then Spectacularly Sets It on Fire

If you glue two matches together, you’ll find the sticks won’t be parallel to each other because the match heads at the top are slightly thicker. If you keep on going, and eventually glue 42,000 of them together, you’ll end up with a giant sphere that produces a fantastic chain reaction of fire when you light a single match. Read More >>

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Fire and Explosives Make Falling Dominoes Far More Interesting

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. Read More >>

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The Process of Making Matches Should Spark Your Interest

Making matches in 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. Read More >>

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Lighting a Match With an Elastic Band Is a Handy Trick

If your five o’clock shadow isn’t rugged enough to light a match with, and there’s nowhere else to strike one, an elastic band and a second match are all you need to get a fire started. This one’s going to require some practise to master (and some amateur sniper skills) but MacGyver would be proud. Read More >>

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Lighting a Match with Another Match Is a Useful Trick to Know

Sometimes life gives you too many damn matches and not enough things to strike them on. In those situations, just burn those matches together. 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 between them for maximum fire power. Read More >>

The Chemistry Involved in Lighting a Match is Surprisingly Awesome

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. Read More >>

Candles That Light Themselves Mean No Match-Hunting on Birthdays

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. Read More >>

Match Head Igniting at 4,000 FPS Looks Like Dying Alien Worlds

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. Read More >>

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This Levitating Matchstick Trick Is a Great Excuse to Play With Fire

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! Read More >>

Strike-Anywhere Matches Are Packed with Secret Science

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. Read More >>

Why Can’t All Matchboxes Look This Nice?

We all know the familiar, dotted pattern of a matchbox striking strip. It's distinctive, but not particularly pretty. But with a splash of colour and a little geometric variation, you can actually get something worth having out on the shelf. Read More >>

BT is the Surprise New Home of Premier League Football

BT has just agreed to pay an enormous £246m per year to show selected live Premier League matches, which it'll begin to broadcast/stream when the 2013/14 football season starts. How many exchanges could it have upgraded to fibre for that money? Read More >>