When we get hit with a really great snowstorm, I get inspired to build a beautiful fire, and hunker down to watch it grow with my family. Once I get going on building the fire, I’m a bit of a pyromanic…consumed with the beauty of the flames, and compelled to have it reach that burning crescendo!
This brings me to this MESMERIZING video that I found, that you are about to watch below. 6,000 safety matches were lined up, by a very patient person to form a square. What makes this footage so amazingly cool , is that safety matches, (aside from being safe), have the added advantage that their tips burn more slowly than the average match.
Because of this relative slowness, when the first match is lit, the flame travels in a domino-like effect across all 6,000 matches. If you are patient enough to keep watching after it reaches it’s maximum flame, you will see it reverse the domino-effect as it methodically burns out, down to it’s very last match.
It is hard to explain the beauty of this little science experiment, but if you want a few minutes of Zen watch the video all the way through. Even the black tendrils that remain at the end have an artistic composition. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did…Let me know.