Today I learned about Charles Domery, a man known for his insatiable appetite. When he was unable to find normal food to satisfy his hunger, he was said to have eaten cats, grass, rats, cows udders, candles and the severed leg of a fellow soldier (although eventually the leg was wrestled away from him). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Ozzy Osbourne's lodgings were once invaded by Satanists (who camped out in front of his room). He eventually got rid of them by singing them "Happy Birthday" and putting out some candles. spinditty.com/artists-ban…
Candle in the Wind is about Marilyn Monroe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Le PΓ©tomane was a French professional farter. His act involved sound effects of cannon fire and thunderstorms, as well as playing "'O Sole Mio" and "La Marseillaise" on an ocarina through his anus. He could also blow out a candle yards away. His audience included royalty and Sigmund Freud. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
In the early/mid-1900s, a dish called "candle salad" was popular. It involved a banana stuck through a pineapple wheel with whipped cream dripping off. It looked exactly like you'd imagine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Gwyneth Paltrow's pseudoscience company Goop, which sells candles that smell like her Vagina, Vampire Repellent, and Vagina Steamers has raised $82 Million to date and is valued at over $250 Million techcrunch.com/2018/03/29…
When a random raccoon died in Toronto, people started paying their respects to it and build a small memorial with flowers and candles, even a picture, until the city took away the raccoon corpse. boredpanda.com/dead-racco…
Blowing out birthday candles increases bacteria on cake by 1,400% usatoday.com/story/news/w…
Christmas trees were originally decorated with lit candles. And many European families still use candles on their Christmas trees instead of electric lights. huffpost.com/entry/christ…
Burning candles is bad for your health, making homes as polluted as a typical Beijing apartment sciencenordic.com/chemist…
2012 Olympics organisers wanted Keith Moon, who died in 1978, to play at the ceremony. When they asked the The Who's manager if Keith "would be available" to play, he replied "He now resides in Golders Green crematorium, If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him" theguardian.com/music/us-…
Candle smoke is bad for your lungs. Negative effect is comparable to cigarettes and diesel exhaust fumes besthealthmag.ca/best-you…
The reason we put candles on cakes originated with the Greeks offering moon shaped cakes to the lunar goddess Artemis. To create the radiance of the moon and her perceived beauty, Greeks lit candles and put them on cake for a glowing effect. huffpost.com/us/entry/us_…
Blowing out birthday candles increases bacteria on cake by 1,400% more bacteria usatoday.com/story/news/w…
9/11 survivor George Mironis visits FDNY Ladder Company 10 House, across from the memorial, once a week and leaves a candle in a glass jar just outside the firehouse. He does this to honor a firefighter he passed in the North Tower stairwell on 9/11 who did not survive. 911memorial.org/blog/meet…
That, following the closure of a Paris cemetery and removal of bodies in 1786, many of the bodies had improperly decayed and only remained as mounds of human fat. This fat, known as "corpse wax", was subsequently collected and turned into candles and soap. blogs.scientificamerican.…
In 1687 King James II arrived with an β€œarmed force” to seize Connecticut’s Charter but during negotiations the candle-lit room went dark. This allowed Capt. J. Wadsworth to successfully sneak away with the charter and hide it in an Oak Tree, which is why today it is CT’s official State Tree. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In zero gravity, a candle's flame is round and blue. zmescience.com/science/ph…
On Saint Lucy's Day (Dec. 13), is celebrated in some countries by having a woman wear a crown made of lit candles while wearing white and red and distributing treats. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Most Americans still lit their homes with gas light and candles until around the 1930s. nps.gov/edis/learn/kidsyo…
During WWI, British newspapers falsely claimed that the Germans rendered down soldiers' corpses to make soap, candles and nitroglycerin. As a result, when news of the Holocaust reached Britain during WWII, the government assumed it was another made-up atrocity story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Today I learned about the Wick Effect, when a human body is destroyed by fire due to their clothing having soaked up melted human fat which then acts like the wick of a candle – external heat/fire sources warm the body and then ignite it. It has been touted as an explanation for spontaneous human combustion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wic…
A sad song, hymn, or poem mourning the death of someone is called a Threnody, e.g. Candle In The Wind, Tears in Heaven, etc. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
If you stare into a mirror in a dimly lit room (think a single candle), your reflection is likely going to look weird, even monstrous. It has to do with how our brain fills in gaps when our eyes don't convey enough information. mindhacks.com/2010/09/18/…
The Oolichan is a smelt-like fish that is so greasy -- with up to 15% of total body weight in fat -- that if caught, dried, and strung on a wick, it can be burned as a candle...thus it is also known as the "candlefish" mcgill.ca/oss/article/you…
Before clocks, there were candle clocks, that when burned, indicated the passage of periods of time. To set an alarm, you pushed a nail into the desired point and the nail would ld fall and clank on the metal holder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
When Dr. Augustus Granville presented the results of his dissection of an Ancient Egyptian Mummy at the Royal Institution in the 1820s, he exhibited his specimens by the light of candles made from what he thought was a preserving wax scraped from his mummy. It wasn't, it was Corpse Wax. theguardian.com/science/2…
Today I learned about Sauternes, a white wine made with grapes infected by a fungus known as β€œnoble rot,” which causes the grapes to raisin on the vine, sweetening the end result. They traditionally ferment in barrels in which a sulfur-dipped candle was burned, to inhibit yeast and increase residual sugars en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sau…
Exposure to particles from burning candles causes greater damage than the same dose of diesel exhaust fumes. Effects included lung inflammation and toxicity, arteriosclerosis, and ageing effects on chromosomes in the lungs and spleen. theguardian.com/world/201…
That blowing out a candles on a birthday cake results in 1400% more bacteria on cake icing. ccsenet.org/journal/index…
The US Navy uses β€œoxygen candles” as a means to chemically supply oxygen into the air in submarines oclugo.com/our-products/c…
The 2012 Olympic Committee asked Music Manager Bill Curbishley to have drummer for "The Who" Keith Moon perform the opening ceremonies. Curbishley replied "If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him." Keith Moon had been dead for 34 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kei…
Today I learned about Joseph Pujol, professional farter and highest paid performer at the Moulin Rouge. For his grande finale he would play "La Marseillaise" through his anus and then blow out candles from yards away. Corseted women in the audience were known to pass out from laughter. slate.com/articles/health…
Citronella candles don’t actually do much as mosquito repellent. While citronella oil and smoke from flames can be effective, the amount of oil put out from the candles is ineffective. aarp.org/home-garden/home…
About half of the available anti louse products in Europe can burn your head off if you use them and come into contact with a flame like a candle or lighter. link.springer.com/article…
Today I learned about the research of Paul Dawson and Brian Sheldon into 'gross food habits'. They debunked the 5 second rule, confirmed the dangers in double dipping, established germ-spreading when blowing out birthday candles and proved that beer-pong can cause the aptly named pong flu. munchies.vice.com/en_us/a…
During the final hours of the music festival "Woodstock 99" a peace promotion organization handed out candles to the audience to create a candlelight vigil for the final hours of the festival. The audience used the candles to set fire to an audio tower and start bonfires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Crayons Can Be Used as Candles In Case Of an Emergency. Each Crayon Can Burn Up To 30 Minutes postris.com/list/60/13-su…
Before electricity, people used to actually put burning candles on their live Christmas trees inside their homes. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
'candlestick holders' don't exist. A 'candlestick' is the holder of candles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Abraham Lincoln studied Euclidean geometry avidly. He carried the geometry books with him on the circuit till he could demonstrate with ease all the propositions in the six books; often studying far into the night, with a candle near his pillow, while his fellow-lawyers dozed off gogeometry.com/math_geome…
The human eye is sensitive enough that -assuming a flat Earth and complete darkness- you could spot a candle flame flickering up to 30miles (48 km) away. livescience.com/33895-hum…
Today I learned of Le PΓ©tomane, a French flatulist whose performance involved him passing gas at will. Acts included making animal sounds, playing the ocarina, and blowing out a candle from yards away. Members of the Royal family and Sigmund Freud attended his shows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_…
Martin Luther, the man responsible for criticizing the Catholic Church’s use of indulgences for profits, is widely believed to be the first person who decorated Christmas Trees with lighted candles history.com/topics/christ…
The Eulachon fish has a body fat content of 15% when spawning. Native american tribes on the pacific coast noticed this and began drying the fish, stringing a wick through it's body, and using it as a candle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eul…
The Patron Saint of Poland is called The Black Madonna. Her skin his discolored due to centuries of lights and candles being burnt in front of it. catholicnewsagency.com/ne…
The tradition of birthday candles began in Ancient Greece, when people brought cakes adorned with lit candles to the temple of Artemis, goddess of the hunt mentalfloss.com/article.p…
Actor Alan Cumming has his own fragrance, shower gel, moisturizer, and candle called; Cumming, Cumming Clean, Cumming All Over and Cumming in the Air, respectively. youtu.be/qe-h53u5UeM#t=11…
Putting candles on birthday cakes dates back to the Ancient Greeks, who often burned candles as offerings to their many gods & goddesses. It was their way to pay tribute to the Greek moon goddess, Artemis. Round cakes symbolized the moon. Candles were added to represent the reflected moonlight. wonderopolis.org/wonder/w…
Candle flames are spherical in microgravity nasa.gov/audience/foreduc…
The wick effect is a phenomenon where a body starts to burn and uses the body fat to fuel a "human candle". The low flame but high heat causes the body to be cremated over several hours while leaving the surroundings relatively untouched. blogs.scientificamerican.…
During the final hours of the music festival Woodstock' 99, a peace promoter group distributed candles to the audience for a candlelight vigil. The audience used the candles to start bonfires and set an audio tower on fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Vincent van Gogh put candles in his hat so he could paint at night, walked ridiculously fast, was a widow-chaser, and never once signed his paintings "Van Gogh". molempire.com/2011/06/06/…
Candle flames create and burn diamond particles every second they burn bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-…
The music video for "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More Touch Me" features cameos from Panic! At The Disco, Gym Class Heroes, and The Academy Is... who all play different vampire gangs genius.com/Fall-out-boy-a…
In the 1920s and 30s, Procter & Gamble (originally known for soap and candles) sponsored several radio shows, those shows becoming known as "soap operas" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
A Polish soldier named, Charles Domery had a bizarre appetite were he never got full. He ate cats, leather, candles, grass, a human leg, and was never sick, and it is an unsolved medical mystery. wikipedia.org/wiki/Charle…
There is a small fish species called eulachon which is so rich in fat that you can dry it and use it as a candle video.nationalgeographic.…
The wick effect: When part of the body is destroyed by fire, the clothing of a victim may soak up melted human fat and act like the wick of a candle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wic…
In Scandinavia, it's a tradition to wear a crown of lit candles torontopubliclibrary.ca/d…
In the pre-modern era 1 week of labor would have enabled you to make enough candles to burn one for 2 1/2 hours every night for a year. That same week of labor can now pay for enough power to illuminate a light bulb for over 54 years. bbc.com/news/business-386…
In zero gravity, a candle's flame is round and blue chemistry.about.com/od/ch…
Candles were put on cakes originally by the greeks who would put them on rounded cakes to signify the moon and its glow in honor of Artemis, the Goddess of the moon. proflowers.com/blog/origi…
Candle flames contain millions of tiny diamonds phys.org/news/2011-08-can…
A Christingle is used to celebrate Jesus Christ at Christmas in the UK. It’s made up of an orange, ribbon, sweets, and a candle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
During a tribal war, Nauru almost self-destructed because of firearms and alcohol. A kind of guerrilla war broke out; drunk people shot others accidentally or broke into an enemy's house, accidentally shooting candles, matches, or anything that moved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nau…
During WWI 'The German Corpse Factory' propaganda story were spread by British. It claimed corpses from German battlefield were rendered down for fat, which was then used to manufacture nitroglycerine, candles, lubricants, and even boot dubbing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The β€œHold a Candle” to another/oneself phrase came from apprentices being required to hold candles for the more experienced workers so that they could more efficiently perform their work. phrases.org.uk/meanings/1…
Citronella candles don't actually do anything sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Benjamin Franklin did not attend college. His formal education ended at 10 due to family financial issues and he left school to work in his fathers candle shop. By the age of 12 he was apprenticed to a printer. fi.edu/benjamin-franklin-…
When the Ottoman empire attacked Skenderbeg's town (1450), he put candles on the horns of goats and sent them into the mountains at night. As the Ottomen attacked a herd of goats, Skenderbeg defeated their massive army from by a rear attack. edo.im/blog/sep19.html
Gerry Tillinghast emerged from prison after a 30 year conviction for a mob hit as a practicing Wiccan. Imagining a 70 year old mafioso hitman lighting candles and drawing magical symbols to start his day. crimetownshow.com/episode…
Candle flames contain millions of tiny diamonds phys.org/news/2011-08-can…
Some people believe that sticking lit candles in your ears will remove earwax and clear out toxins. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ear…
In 1816, "The Year Without a Summer", volcanic ash from Mt. Tambora darkened the sky such that candles were needed in the day, birds roosted at noon, crops failed sparking famine, riots and suicides broke out, religious fervour exploded and prophecies of a global apocalypse were prevalent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
In 1848 Michel Faraday took Six lectures about the science behind candles blogs.scientificamerican.…
A "Hand Of Glory" is the dried and pickled hand of an executed murderer. It was believed that if each finger was lit like a candle, anyone who looked at it would suffer temporary paralyzation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
Eamon de Valera was imprisoned for leading the Easter Rising. While inside, he took the chaplain’s key and melted candles to make a copy and sent it to his friends. They made a real key and put it in a cake. Valera was able to walk out scot-free. He went on to serve as the President of Ireland. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Pasties have a knotted hard section due to miners in tin mines being able to hold and eat them without cutlery. If they got cold, the miners would place them on a shovel, and warm them over a candle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
Today I learned about Spontaneous Human Combustion, more so "the wisk effect", a cause of death where the victims fat cells burn and create a candle like situation, usually not incinerating other things around it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
When Paris's Cemetery of the Innocents was moved, the human remains (decomposed to mostly fat deposits) were made into candles. cultureandstuff.com/2011/…
Today I learned of the Hand of Glory which comprised of a candle made out of human fat placed upon a dried or pickled human hand (usually the left). Both components were usually made form the body-parts of a hanged criminal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
There are "oxygen candles" that are used aboard the international space station and when ignited provide enough oxygen for one person for 24 hours en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vik…
When you burn a candle and end up with no wax left, the wax that is lost turns into water and carbon dioxide which dissipate into the air around the candle. thoughtco.com/where-does-…
Clementines can be used as candles. youtube.com/watch?v=Kfhvq…
The Holocaust Children's Memorial in Israel has a hall of mirrors lit only by 6 candles, but it looks like a million stars in the sky, to represent the 1.5 million children killed perspective-geometry.blog…
In Port Au Prince, Haiti - a"bayakou," or waste cleaner, uses candles for illumination when cleaning out pit toilets by hand voanews.com/a/dirty-job-s…
Birthday candles can be traced back to the ancient Greeks wonderopolis.org/wonder/w…
Trick Candles are banned in Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
One of the first proposals for Daylight Savings Time was by Benjamin Franklin. He was pissed about the price of wax due to the French people burning so many candles at night, so he suggested waking people up earlier to get the most out of the natural morning light instead. timeanddate.com/time/dst/…
White Castle offers Valentine's Day dinners with red table cloths and candle light huffingtonpost.com/2012/0…
In 1786 when Louis XVI had bodies removed from France's Saints Innocents Cemetery into the Catacombs, many of the bodies had decomposed into fat. The fat was then collected and turned into candles and soap en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cim…
The painting of Guadalupe is 500 years old and despite being constantly used in ceremonies and being surrounded with incense, candle wax and the historical fact that the image was displayed without any protective glass for the first 115 years, it is very well preserved en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our…
Human eye can see a candle flame flickering at 30 Miles distance, in perfect conditions livescience.com/33895-hum…
A water bath in Iran used a single candle from 15th to 19th century as the source of energy for the furnace; the candle went off in 19th century when the british opened the furnace to understand it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah…
Early candles used a wick of twisted cotton which needed to be trimmed frequently while burning. Modern candles use braided cotton, which curls over as it burns, maintaining flame height. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
A candle’s flame burns millions of nano-diamonds every second foxnews.com/scitech/2011/…
Candle flames are hollow thenakedscientists.com/HT…
The temperature of the surface of the sun (between 4,230 and 5,730 Β°C) is only 5x that of a candle burning (about 1000Β°C). imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/doc…

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