Wislawa Szymborska, “The Three Oddest Words”One of the coolest thing I’ve ever read
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A matchstick that can stay on fire underwater!! (It looks like it goes out and then lights again when it is brought out, but it is still on fire under water it’s just you can’t see it.)
I’m not quite sure how they do it, but my guess would be that the match stick is made up of some chemical which releases oxygen, allowing it to keep burning underwater. aswell as having some sort of insulating material to keep its heat.
Gunpowder does the same, incase you’re watching a movie and they fire a gun in outer space and someone says “that’s so unrealistic there’s no oxygen in outerspace” just tell them they’re wrong. Gun’s can fire in a vacuum because the gunpowder itself has oxygen in it.
Officially known as Storm Matches or sometimes Lifeboat Matches.
The so-called ‘Chrono Shredder’ provides a palpable (or pulp-able?) physical reminder that all things are temporary, and we can never wind back time in this world.
Each day slowly shreds in realtime so that minute changes are visible even on an hourly or second-to-second basis if one is watching closely.
The Guillemot is a seabird that lays its eggs on a bare rock ledge on a cliff face. When an egg is accidentally dislodged, its shape causes it to spin in a tight circle, which prevents it from falling off the ledge into the sea. (Springwatch - BBC)
This would be an awesome mechanics problem. [Is it bad that this was my first thought?]
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Sabrage is a technique for opening a Champagne bottle with a sabre, used for ceremonial occasions. The sabre is slid along the body of the bottle to break the entire neck away from the bottle, leaving only the base of the bottle open and ready to pour. The force of the backside of the blade hitting the lip breaks the glass to separate the collar from the neck of the bottle. Note that one does not use the ‘sharp’ side of the blade, but instead, turns it around. The cork and collar remain together after separating from the neck.