There are eight replicas of the Statue of Liberty spread across Paris. The largest of all the replicas was a gift to the French three years after the original statue was gifted to the United States. There is also a 1:1 flame that is an unofficial memorial to Princess Diana. theearfultower.com/2018/0…
According to a study conducted in 3 universities, couples who used Facebook more than 1 hour a day are likely to divorce. This is due to partners finding out about past relationships and the increased likelihood of rekindling old flames, which causes physical and emotional cheating. hg.org/legal-articles/fac…
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…
In 1963, a group of Catholic schoolchildren visiting the JFK eternal flame sprinkled it with holy water, accidentally extinguishing it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of the "Tri-Phibian", a 1930s invention that was supposed to be able to traverse land, sea, and air. It ended up bursting into flames outside the Library of Congress and Capitol. thehillishome.com/2018/12…
The Bedouin tribes have a ritual for resolving grave civil or criminal disputes, in cases where there are no witnesses. A metal ladle is stuck down into flames while both parties recount their sides. The defendant then licks the ladle 3 times, and if his tongue is scarred, he is judged guilty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
Color of flame is different on ISS due to lack of Earth Gravity en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The Aztecs believed our current world was the fifth in a series of creation cycles, and the previous four worlds were destroyed in a variety of ways from flooding to raining flames. According to the Aztecs, the world we currently live in will be destroyed by earthquakes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiv…
There’s a naturally occurring eternal flame in Chestnut Ridge Park, New York. This is one of more than a dozen known eternal flames worldwide. wikipedia.org/wiki/Eterna…
Alchemist Hennig Brand is thought to have used upwards of 1500 gallons of human urine in his quest to make gold. After he evaporated, boiled and distilled it multiple times, it started to glow in the dark and burst into flames. He had instead discovered the element phosphorus. gizmodo.com/how-one-man-s…
The day after British troops set fire to Washington D.C. during the War of 1812, a possible hurricane which spun off into a tornado put out the flames and chased the British back to their ships. It is now known as β€œThe storm that saved Washington” wusa9.com/article/news/lo…
The painting depicted in The Little Mermaid while Ariel is singing Part of Your World is by French artist Georges de la Tour and is titled Magdalen with the Smoking Flame. artdocentprogram.com/myst…
26-yr-old Henry David Thoreau accidentally set fire to over 300 acres of forest where he was to build his famous Walden Pond shack when he & his buddy failed to beat back flames from the fire they set to cook fish they'd caught. Townsfolk called Thoreau a β€œdamned rascal” & β€œa flibbertigibbet.” history.com/news/thoreau-…
As a defensive measure Israel installed an underwater pipe system to pump flammable crude oil into the Suez Canal, thereby creating a sheet of flame. On the eve of the Yom Kippur War, teams of Egyptian frogmen blocked the underwater openings with concrete before launching their attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Rudolph Diesel took his inspiration for inventing the Diesel engine from watching a lecture where there was a demonstration of a Malaysian fire starting technique called the 'fire piston' which creates flames through air compression. themalestrom.com/intervie…
It took 100 days to put out the flames of the 9/11 attacks. Everytime a large chunk of debris was moved a rush of oxygen would severely intensify the flames. history.com/topics/21st-c…
The name of the African country of Malawi translates literally to "Land of Flames," because iron working was the dominant economic practice of the pre-colonial kingdom that controlled the area. The sheer density of kilns were said to light up the countryside at night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In 1891, Tesla made a risky Demonstration to discredit Edison company's claims on Safety of AC.During the Demo, For a moment, 250,000 volts raced across the surface of his body , causing him to be surrounded by what one newspaper called β€œthe Effulgent Glory of Myriad Tongues of Electric Flame.” nationalgeographic.com/hi…
Pre-electricity theatre spotlights produced light by directing a flame at calcium oxide (quicklime). These kinds of lights were called limelights and this is the origin of the phrase β€œin the limelight” to mean β€œat the centre of attention”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim…
Today I learned about TRIS, a flame retardant that has been shown to cause cancer. However, TRIS and many other flame retardants are widespread in homes and are linked to a wide range of toxic effects even though they might not even work. ewg.org/release/new-resea…
Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles was tricked into recording the lead vocal for "Eternal Flame" in the nude. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
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…
The Hiroshima Flame of Peace was lit on 1st August 1964 in hope of a world without nuclear weapons, and it will continue to burn until nuclear weapons are abolished worldwide visithiroshima.net/things…
Today I learned of Turner D. Century, a Marvel villain motivated by a hatred of post-WW1 social changes. His gadgets include a flame-throwing umbrella, a flying tandem bicycle, and a "time horn" that induces unconciousness in those under the age of 65. He was killed after only three appearances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
In 1950, a Nebraska church exploded during what was meant to be choir practice. But no one in the 15-person choir was hurt or killed, because they were all running late for different reasons. No one was in the building when it went up in flames. snopes.com/fact-check/cho…
Susanna Hoffs Recorded 'Eternal Flame' Naked en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The flame of a lighter is actually hollow and lighter flames can reach 3,500 degrees. reference.com/science/tem…
In Japan, Hiroshima Peace Flame has been burned continuously since it was lit in 1964, and will remain lit until all nuclear bombs on the planet are destroyed and the planet is free from the threat of nuclear annihilation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
In zero gravity, a candle's flame is round and blue. zmescience.com/science/ph…
The hottest known chemical flame is produced by burning dicyanoacetylene with ozone; at 6,100 K (5,827 C, 10,520 F), it is hotter than the surface of the Sun (5,778 K). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Black kites "firehawks" are birds that carry flames in their beaks and have long been identified by Australian Aboriginals as another cause of the spread of wildfires. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
John Astin, the actor who played Gomez in the original sitcom The Addams Family, had pockets lined with asbestos. His character often pulled lit cigars out of his suit pockets, thus the need to line the jacket pockets with the deadly flame retardant metv.com/lists/13-altoget…
In France, a chemist named Pilatre de Rozier tested the flammability of hydrogen by gulping a mouthful and blowing across an open flame, proving at a stroke that hydrogen is indeed explosively combustible and that "eyebrows are not necessarily a permanent feature of one’s face". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
In 1996 a stray cat who'd given birth to a litter in an abandoned Brooklyn garage returned to the structure five times after a fire broke out to save her kittens, despite her eyes blistered shut and her paw pads burned from the flames. (Mama and babies all survived.) nydailynews.com/archives/…
There is a scientific journal called β€œCombustion and Flame” ucf.edu/news/ucf-research…
The longest successful glide by a passenger jet was Air Transat Flight 236 from Toronto to Lisbon in August, 2001. The aircraft glided 120 kilometers (75 miles) at 33,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean after a fuel leak caused both engines to flame out. All passengers and crew survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
When the Beijing 2008 Olympics Flame arrived in Pyongyang, a thousand full-dressed Koreans and Chinese overseas students greeted it at the airport. The Pyongyang leg of the torch relay started from the Tower of the Juche Idea and concluded at the Kim Il Sung Stadium chinadaily.com.cn/olympic…
The 1964 Tokyo Olympic Flame torchbearer was selected to symbolize post war recovery and peace. He was born the day of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima, August 6, 1945, Yoshinori Sakai. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yos…
On December 10th, 1963, 15 days after it was lit, the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame in Washington, D.C. was accidentally extinguished by a group of Catholic schoolchildren who were sprinkling it with holy water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The last pagan Emperor of Rome, Julian the Apostate, tried to rebuild the Jewish Temple in a bid to undermine Christianity, but according to pagan chroniclers efforts stopped because "terrible flames coming from inside the earth" kept bursting forth near the foundations, burning workmen to death en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Microwaving grapes will make them literally burn in flames within seconds, quickly turning the surrounding air into a bright flare of plasma. sciencemag.org/news/2019/…
NASCAR required flame-retardant suits after the death of driver "Fireball" Roberts, in a fire. wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireba…
In the aftermath of the Great Japan Earthquake of 1923, when fire broke out around the city of Tokyo, 44,000 people went to the river to escape the flames, only to be closed in by the flames on all sides. Almost all were then, in a single moment, incinerated by a 300ft tall fire tornado smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A "bear fell or jumped" on a moving Humboldt County patrol car on 3 August 2019 in California, USA. Bear "smashed the hood and windshield." The "car hit an embankment, rolled onto its side and burst into flames." The driver survived, fire "was contained," "car was gutted." Bear "fled the scene." mercurynews.com/2019/08/1…
Fire can't burn in a zero-gravity environment; without gravity to create convection, the combustion byproducts become trapped around the flame and quickly deprive it of oxygen, snuffing it scientificamerican.com/ar…
The Chinese use drones equipped with flame-throwers to fight trash stuck in power lines. youtube.com/watch?v=iOqWf…
Today I learned about the Ilyushin Il-40, a ground-attack airplane that flew fine until the guns were fired causing the jet-engines to flame-out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ily…
The "Heli-Torch" is a "specially equipped" helicopter "that sprays flames onto tinder below. The idea is to destroy dry vegetation in areas firefighters have trouble reaching, thus hindering the wildfire's expansion." citylab.com/environment/2…
Today I learned of the Seeteufel (Sea Devil): A German attempt in 1944 to combine a tank with a submarine. Originally intended for commando raids, it could carry sea mines or torpedoes for sea combat and machine guns and flame throwers for combat on land. One prototype was built before the project was cancelled en.wikipedia.org/wiki/See…
If engulfed in flames in a forest fire, some fire trucks can go into `burnover mode` when a sprinkler system keeps watering the truck (including each tyre) while the fire fighters hide behind heat shields. youtu.be/PO7GTTBqDKo?t=10…

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