Video: The sparklers arms race just made a few hefty strides towards sparklers doomsday as the folks at JoyBlend doubled their previous record by lighting 200,000 of them at the same time. If you've ever wanted your birthday celebration to end in a gigantic apocalyptic fireball, this is how you'd do it.
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After two reports emerged of Boosted Boards spewing dense smoke from their batteries, the company issued a statement urging all riders to stop using the newer second-generation boards. Now, the electric skateboard maker is taking more drastic measures, working with consumer protection agencies in the US and Canada to issue a recall.
There are so many reasons to try this at home tonight: you get to see the metal blade burn that glorious fiery orange red, you get to hear inanimate objects make weird whining sounds as they get sliced open, you get to imagine what spontaneous self-combustion would be like, and in some cases you might even spot what looks like souls escaping from a bar of soap (that's probably my favourite thing that gets cut).
It will be impossible to look back on 2016 without shaking your head in disbelief. So as the year finally draws to a close, there's no more fitting way to celebrate the holidays than by curling up with a glass of Soylent alongside a crackling simulated fireplace full of Samsung Galaxy Note 7s spontaneously combusting.
It's the law of the universe that if you're able to blow out all the candles on your birthday cake in one breath, whatever you wish for will come true. So why would you ever try to celebrate your 85th birthday by putting 72,585 lit candles on your cake? The fire department would have a hard time putting out that inferno.
Video: It takes The Slow Mo Guys a few attempts and false starts to hit the burning wick of a candle with an air gun. But when they actually do, it's damn impressive to see in slow motion, because it basically vaporises on impact and the candle's flame follows the bullet in a wonderful, fiery trail until it disappears.
Video: I don't think it's possible to make anything cooler with your own two hands than this homemade multicolour fire tornado that spins around and weaves itself together with absolutely no moving parts. The only thing you need to do is cut up a glass cylinder and then offset the half-cylinders a little bit to let air flow do its thing to create the fire vortex.
On Wednesday, web developer Rick Bross was faced an unusual problem. His electric skateboard's battery malfunctioned, filling his entire apartment with smoke and scaring the hell out of his roommate. The incident was just one of two recent cases involving Boosted Boards, a brand of electric skateboards, where the batteries spontaneously "vented", a non-technical term used by the company to describe an electrical engineering problem also known as thermal runaway that causes batteries to overheat and potentially explode.
A Twitter user at Chicago's O'Hare airport tweeted out a photo showing a plane on fire this morning. Popular conservative columnist Michele Malkin also tweeted out her own photo from a plane where she just landed. Ironically, this is the same day that O'Hare was conducting fire drills and telling people on social media not to be afraid if they saw anything unusual. But this one is legit.
Video: Using a magnifying glass to scorch anything unfortunate enough to cross your path on a sunny afternoon is a popular past time among kids. But when you were younger you'd never dream of focusing that solar death ray on your beloved LEGO toys. Nor would you today, since the YouTube channel Let's Melt This has done it for you.
Wicked Lasers is known for its handheld lasers and torches that redefine what it means to be bright. A few years ago it released a torch that was intense enough to start a fire, and now the company has managed to dramatically shrink its design so you can easily bring it the next time you go camping and leave the matches at home.
Video: Making matches at a factory involves some staggering numbers: two million splints an hour get fed into a perforated steel plate so that they can be ready to get dipped in the red lighter material, 500 boxes of matches get made per minute to house the matches, and 200 matches are processed per second. It's a doozy. And surprisingly goopy.