In 1860 British medical journal The Lancet estimated 3000 women died by fire, in large part due to a combination of candles, gas lighting, and highly flammable dresses that were difficult to take off racked.com/2017/12/19/167…
George Clooney bet Brad Pitt and Don Cheadle $10,000 to spend the night in a haunted house on Lake Como with a candle, a book of matches, and wine, but they couldn't do it businessinsider.in/entert…
Submarines and Space Stations burn special candles as a means to produce oxygen, which can be used as a backup if their electronic oxygen-producing systems fail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Today I learned about brothel candles, which burned for precisely 7 minutes and were heavily used during Victorian times. The individual would pay the fee, light the candle, and when the candle burned out, the session was over. gleek.com/nothing-says-ro…
On 20th April 1964, a fire broke out in Battersea Power Station, London delaying the launch of BBC 2. The next day, the launch was shown as scheduled, opening with a candle being blown out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC…
Braille began as a military code called "night writing." Developed by the French army (1819) - soldiers could communicate at night without speaking / using candles. Louis Braille learned the code & developed the more user-friendly, optimized version of the Braille alphabet we know today. zhousestories.com/militar…
Candles have β€œmemories”- if candles are not allowed to burn long enough to reach the edge of their container, it creates a β€œmemory ring” and the candle will never melt past that point creating a tunneling effect. candles.org/your-foolproo…
Ancient Greeks celebrated the moon goddess Artemis by baking round cakes and putting candles on them to represent the moon’s light rd.com/article/origin-of-…
The role of Jake Ryan in Sixteen Candles was nearly played by Viggo Mortensen. Molly Ringwald recalled flying to New York to perform the final Jake/cake scene with potential male leads. β€œMichael Shoeffling did not kiss me during the audition, Viggo Mortensen did...He made me weak in the knees." lamag.com/culturefiles/16…
Today I learned about a Miner’s egg, a method in which miners would smuggle silver ore out of mines using candle wax, and later β€œlay” once out of the mine. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
Before the fall of the Roman Empire, people throughout modern-day Europe used olive oil lamps for lighting; after the fall, they generally used candles en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Silent-era film director F. W. Murnau (1888 - 1931, director of Nosferatu) had his grave robbed in 2015. His skull was removed and candle wax found in the grave suggests an occult ritual was performed. The crime is unsolved and his skull remains missing. news.artnet.com/art-world…
At the request of Vanessa Bryant, the Staples Center cataloged all the items at the makeshift memorial fans made for Kobe and Gianna. Among the items were 1,353 basketballs, 14 banners, 25,000 candles, 5,000 letters, 500 stuffed animals. All the flowers were reused as mulch. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
The use of cakes to celebrate special events goes back to Ancient Greece, where moon shaped cakes were adorned with candles in the Temple of Artemis. It wasn’t till the Industrial Revolution that new techniques made them widely available and associated with the celebration of a child’s birth. hankeringforhistory.com/t…
When the corpses from Holy Innocents' Cemetery in Paris were dug up to be moved into the catacombs in 1786, many bodies had incompletely decomposed and had reduced into large deposits of fat known as "corpse wax". During exhumation, this fat was collected and turned into candles and soap. museumsandmountains.com/w…
The modern Christmas tree originated in western Germany. They combined the Adam and Eve idea of the β€œparadise tree" with various Christ symbols (like candles, figurines and stars). By the 16th century the Christmas pyramid and the paradise tree had merged, becoming the Christmas tree. britannica.com/plant/Chri…
The smallest nuclear submarine was the unique NR-1, which was 45 meters long and had a 13-person crew. It could remain underwater for 25 days, had no showers, and the crew burned chlorate candles to produce oxygen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
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…
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…
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…
Γ‰amon de Valera broke out of prison by getting a mold of a key in a candle and using a cartoonist, sent an image of the key in a cartoon to his contacts who made the key and sent it in baked inside a cake. It was too small, so they sent another before just sending him the tools to make a key. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Γ‰am…
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…
In zero gravity, a candle's flame is round and blue. zmescience.com/science/ph…
Blowing out birthday candles increases bacteria on cake by 1,400% more bacteria usatoday.com/story/news/w…
Researchers have found that a number of individuals do deposit large amounts of bacteria blowing out candles on Birthday Cake en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bir…
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_…
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-…
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…
The founder of Yankee Candle sold his company but later went into business with his son before his passing. Their company is Kringle Candle, down the road from the original Yankee factory. kringlecandle.com/pages/a…
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…
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…
Candle in the Wind is about Marilyn Monroe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
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…
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…
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_…
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…
Candle smoke is bad for your lungs. Negative effect is comparable to cigarettes and diesel exhaust fumes besthealthmag.ca/best-you…
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…
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…
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…
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.…
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/…
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…
Most Americans still lit their homes with gas light and candles until around the 1930s. nps.gov/edis/learn/kidsyo…
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…
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…
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…
'candlestick holders' don't exist. A 'candlestick' is the holder of candles. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
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…

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