Some of you know this about me because I’ve mentioned it in my newsletter, but as a child, I played with fire, literally. When we lived in rural northern California, in redwood country, bonfires were a regular occurrence. One of our neighbors had large fires in their front yard and the kids were allowed to get close and play with the embers even as the fire burned. I loved it. To this day, it’s one of my favorite memories.

As with other blogs, like ‘doors’ and ‘water mills’, I’m always fascinated by invention. Who do you suppose made the first fire or cooked meat or fish over a campfire? The latter were probably our first chefs, even if they wore animal skins instead of white aprons.

Mostly though, I find fire to be beautiful. The flames, the sparks, the glowing embers, the crackle of the wood, the smell of the smoke. All is a feast for the senses.

I had to hunt for this video and I admit it’s not the most elegant, but what these guys did by creating a tornado of fire, in a metal tub surrounded by a bunch of box fans, is absolutely fascinating.

Remember the Burning Bush? There is actually a plant called Dictamnus that, because it creates methane gas, will burn without ‘burning’ in brief flashes. Check out this video here and another one here.

FunFacts about Fire (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • A natural gas vent at Baba Gurgur in northern Iraq has been burning for millennia. It was mentioned in the writings of Plutarch, Herodotus and in the Book of Daniel in the Bible. (Source)
  • In an ironic twist, the patent for the fire hydrant was lost in a fire.
  • The inventor, John Walker, used a stick to stir a pot containing antimony sulfide, potassium chlorate & sulfur. This mixture stuck to the stick and when he tried to scrape the lumpy concoction off the stick, it caught fire because of the friction. The match was born.
  • Fire requires fuel, oxygen and heat to burn.
  • The flame of a candle burns at around 1000 degrees Celsius (1800 Fahrenheit).

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We have a winner! Congrats Kim S.!!!

For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet, scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, November 30, 2017.

November Winners: Tamara, ELF, Grace W. and Catedid

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*** This Week’s Giveaway is Closed ***

We have a winner! Congrats Kim S.!!!

November Winners: Tamara K., ELF, Grace W. and Catedid

October Winners: Bonnie C., Mary P., Marie S. and Karen M.

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