30 years ago you had 15-17 minutes to escape a house fire. Nowadays you only have 3-5 minutes (due to more plastics & petroleum-based products in the house as well as more open floor plans, bigger rooms, & higher ceilings). buyersask.com/interior/al…
Firefighters that responded to last year's fire at Notre Dame knew which works of art to rescue and in which order following a protocol developed for such a disaster. sciencemag.org/news/2020/…
JesΓΊs GarcΓ­a Corona made the decision to sacrifice his own life to save the people of Nacozari by driving a dynamite laden train that had caught fire away from the town instead of jumping to safety, Mexico, November 7th, 1907. mexconnect.com/articles/1…
In the away team dressing room at Chelsea FC's stadium, the coat-hangers are very high up to strain the players' limbs; the tactics board is at the back of the door, which is a fire exit and must stay open; and the mirrors give players the impression of being smaller than they actually are uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/…
The story of the Chernobyl power plant didn’t end with the tragedy of 1986. There was actually a second fire that broke out on Reactor 2 in 1991, and it wasn’t until 2000 that the last operating reactor was fully shut down. nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-co…
The famously isolated Sentinelese hunter-gatherer tribe appear not to know how to set fire. They rely on natural fire from thunderstorms and keep the embers burning as long as they can. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
In 1992, a SEAL team performing reconnaissance for the Somalia invasion was ambushed by over 400 journalists camped out on the Mogadishu coastline. Lights from the flashing cameras nearly caused a devastating wave of supressing fire from Navy vessels. sofrep.com/news/operation…
John Walker created the match by accident in 1826. He was scraping a mixture of dried chemicals off of a stick in his hearth and it caught fire. Against the advice of friends he did not patent his idea, leading to others greatly profiting off of his invention thenorthernecho.co.uk/new…
The WHO runs a diagnosis database that is so detailed, it has its own code (V91.07) for patients being injured because their water skis caught on fire. icd10data.com/ICD10CM/Cod…
The Puckle Gun was designed to fire round bullets at Christians and square bullets at Muslim Turks. Square bullets were believed to cause more severe wounding than round ones, and according to the 1718 patent, β€˜would convince the Turks of the benefits of Christian civilisation’. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puc…
Today I learned of the Yaghan, the people inhabiting the southernmost tip of the world. Despite extreme cold, they used to wear no clothing and instead lit many fires. This caused passing European ships to call their land the "land of fires". wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaghan…
Before asbestos was seen as hazardous, a Han dynasty general had a jacket made from it. He would pretend to spill wine on it at dinners. Then he'd throw it into a fire and pull it out to show it was still intact to impress his guests. daily.jstor.org/when-asbe…
Today I learned about Richard Rowland Kirkland, a Confederate soldier who risked his life to tend to wounded soldiers from both sides of the Civil War in the middle of battle at Fredericksburg. Both sides held their fire as they watched him help every wounded soldier regardless of allegiance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Native Americans used controlled fires to manage the land. These prescribed burns decreased the impact/frequency of damaging wildfires, boosted agricultural production, helped with hunting, and reduced tick populations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Bambi was used for fire prevention programs. However, could not be used indefinitely because it was loaned from Walt Disney Studios for only a year. The Forest Service needed to find an animal that would belong to them. The Forest Service decided that the fire prevention symbol would be a bear. sdda.sd.gov/legacydocs/Fo…
Aircraft manufacturers use specialized cannons to fire whole dead chickens at planes in order to simulate bird strikes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The red stuff dropped from airplanes to put out forest fires also acts as a fertilizer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
The snow scene in The Wizard of Oz (1939) used Industrial Grade Asbestos as Snow. Cotton was used as fake snow until the 1920s, but was considered a fire hazard. Firefighters recommended using Asbestos because it was fire retardant. northstarenvironmental.co…
Fire sprinklers don't activate all at once like in the movies - each sprinkler has a mercury vial which cracks when it gets too hot, opening the sprinkler. The change in water pressure triggers the alarm. explainthatstuff.com/fire…
The Latin phrase "annus horribilis" is used by world leaders to call the worst year in living memory. For Queen Elizabeth, it was 1992, the year when Windsor Castle caught fire and Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marital problems became increasingly public theguardian.com/uk/2012/m…
Spiral staircases were installed in fire stations in the 1800s to stop the horses that pulled the engines going up the stairs when they smelled food cooking. redzone.co/2016/09/09/spi…
We still don’t know what greek fire is or how to make it. historydaily.org/greek-fi…
Photoelectric smoke alarms are highly effective at detecting smoldering fires, provide adequate protection from flaming fires. Fire safety experts recommend installing a combination alarm, that either detect both heat and smoke or use both the ionization & photoelectric smoke sensing methods. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
In 1877, George Cowan got shot in the head, crawled to make coffee at an old camp, crawled thru Yellowstone, crossed a river, got burned in a forest fire, had surgery to remove bullets, got thrown from a carriage before it rolled over a cliff, and while receiving care afterwards, his bed broke billingsgazette.com/lifes…
An underground coal seam 140 miles north of Sydney Australia has been on fire for the last 6000 years. The first advances about 3 feet a year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
There are tiny doors in the US Capitol Building that house water spigots; they were installed after an Xmas Eve fire in 1851 (which devastated the then collection of the Library of Congress) to help combat future potential fires and to clean the floors. youtu.be/aizDj6gp0g0
Nazis offered Iron Cross for 4 Finnish Jews during WW2. None accepted. For example, Leo Skurnik was awarded Iron Cross for evacuating a German soldier under enemy fire. Major Skurnik told the Germans that Skurnik would "wipe his arse with the medal." nationalpost.com/news/wor…
90 farting cows started a methane fire in Germany which burned a barn down time.com/2301/90-farting-…
Today I learned of Alfredo Ormando who was a gay writer from Palermo who died as a result of setting himself on fire outside Saint Peter's Basilica. His self-immolation was an act of protest against the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
In the 1920s, Colonel Sanders became involved in a shootout after a rival gas station owner killed an employee over a sign dispute. Sanders returned fire, wounding his rival. This had the side effect of eliminating the competition as he was never charged. gizmodo.com/no-colonel-sa…
We don’t know who invented the iconic post-type fire hydrant because the patent office records were destroyed in a fire in 1836. govtech.com/question-of-t…
The band Arcade Fire once had a formal dress code for their concerts slate.com/culture/2013/11…
In Hull, Quebec in 1900 a single residential chimney fire spread so quickly to neighbouring houses, buildings, and lumber yards that it left 40% of the entire city homeless overnight, burned down the city's only fire station, and eventually crossed the river into Ottawa and set it ablaze, too. cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa…
Not only did Eddie Van Halen write and play the guitar solo for Michael Jackson's Beat it, but he did it for free and set a monitor speaker on fire (with his music) in the process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
Today I learned about the GoiΓ’nia accident, one of the worst nuclear disasters: Fascinated locals began playing with glowing dust after opening a stolen Cs-137 capsule, lighting it on fire, applying it to bodies, consuming & sharing it. Up to 112,000 could’ve been exposed, and some died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goi…
In 1966 after failing for 3 years to extinguish a gas well fire Soviet authorities decided to use a 30kt atomic bomb. It was detonated at a depth of 1,500m, crushing the well and extinguishing the flames in seconds. Following this success the same technique was use on 4 other well fires. energyglobalnews.com/1966…
A fire destroyed several buildings, but left a Carl's Jr. unscathed. The Carl's Jr. employees began making 165 burgers for the firemen, but the heat from the grilling meat caught the restaurant on fire. pressdemocrat.com/article…
Today I learned about war pigs against the siege of Megara in 266BC. Pigs were set on fire with resin, and sent towards the army's war elephants. The squealing pigs terrorized the elephants, causing them panic and trample anyone close by, ending the siege due to the high number of elephant-caused casualties. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
Doug Marcaida from Forged In Fire is a Filipino and developed his own style of Martial Arts combining Filipino techniques such as kali, arnis, and escrima. dougmarcaida.com/about/
Today I learned about the Controlled Impact Demonstration, where NASA and the FAA intentionally crashed a remote controlled Boeing 720 to gain data on a fuel additive that was believed to help suppress an airline fire in the event of a crash. The test ruled that this additive was ineffective. nasa.gov/centers/armstron…
In WW1, the British would fire giant stink bombs at the German trenches. The bombs smelled terrible but were harmless. This was done to compel the Germans to put on gasmasks, which made them less effective fighters, prior to an assault. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liv…
St. Elmo's Fire isn't fire or lightning and won't burn or shock you if you touch it. youtube.com/watch?v=cNYZW…
WWI Metal of Honor; Jake Allex, alone and exposed, ran directly towards machine gun fire, neutralizing the turret. Out of bullets, he used his bayonet to kill five soldiers before it snapped. He then used his rifle butt to subdue the rest of the nest, capturing 15 prisoners, all by himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jak…
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has dyslexia that is so severe that he was 38 when he read his first book, Catching Fire, to completion standard.co.uk/news/celeb…
The My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War ended only after Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson, an Army helicopter pilot on a reconnaissance mission, landed his aircraft between the soldiers and the retreating villagers and threatened to open fire if they continued their attacks. history.com/topics/vietna…
The first Roman fire brigade was created by Marcus Crassus. 500 men strong. Arriving at the scene, the fire fighters did nothing while Crassus offered to buy the burning building from the owner at a low price. If the owner agreed to sell, they put the fire out. Otherwise they let it burn down. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Late Sam Kinison, Prior to his Rise as an Actor and Stand-Up Comedian, was a Pentecostal Preacher. He Preached From the age of 17 to 24 and Recordings of his Sermons Reveal That he Used a "Fire and Brimstone" style, Punctuated With Shouts Similar to the Ones he Would Later use in Comedy. youtube.com/watch?v=8IsFA…
A factor in the fall of Constantinople was a huge cannon called Basilica that was over 8m long, .75m in diameter, and could fire 270kg stone balls over 1.5km. Basilica took 3 hours to reload, and collapsed under its own recoil after 6 weeks of use. It took 60 oxen and 400 men to transport. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
The first ever Roman fire brigade was created by Marcus Licinius Crassus. During fires, they would do nothing while Crassus would offer to buy the burning building from the owner at a very low price. If the owner agreed, they would put out the fire. If he refused, they would simply let it burn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
The Blaster is a invention by the BMW company in South Africa created in 1998 in response to the growing amout of car jackings in the cities. The Blaster is basically a flamethrower attached to the side of your car that could create a wall of fire up to 2 meters or 6,5 feet high next to your car youtube.com/watch?v=aLhWz…

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