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This Drone Footage Showing The Aftermath Of A Fire Is Heartbreaking

Video: A fire in Valparaíso, Chile has destroyed more than 2500 homes, left 11,000 people homeless and killed at least 15 people. It’s an unfathomable tragedy that has destroyed an entire community. This drone footage from Skyfilms attempts to show the extent of the damage caused by the fire’s wrath. It looks like a set of an apocalyptic movie, only it’s real people and real lives on the ground.


Man On Fire Jumps Off 1200m Cliff In Craziest Basejump Stunt Yet

The whole base jumping thing is getting out of hand. The Awesomerer found this video of Tom Erik Heimen setting himself on fire and jumping off a 1200m cliff in Norway. The biggest risk, they say, was that the small parachute — called pilot chute — that it’s used to deploy the actual parachute might catch on fire. Fortunately, that didn’t happen.


World's Oldest Underground Fire Has Been Burning For 6000 Years In Australia

If you’ve heard of underground coal fires, then you’ve probably heard of the one raging under the abandoned town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, since 1962. Fifty-two years is a long time — and a lot of coal — but that’s barely a blink compared to Burning Mountain in Australia, which has been ablaze for 6000 years.


Awesome Video Selfie Of The F-16 Pilot Firing A Missile

That selfie of a Danish F-16 pilot firing a Sidewinder missile is actually a frame from a cool video. I’d rather have a perfect animated selfie in an infinite GIF loop though, so I made this one. Here’s another shot as seen from the side.


This Old-School Fire-Starting Kit Will Make You Feel Like Survivorman

At one point in time, camping was truly about getting away from it all and only relying on nature for everything you needed. But these days, most new camping gear pertains to keeping your smartphone charged. Not Francesco Faccin’s Re-Fire kit, though. It’s designed to make camping a little more rugged again — by letting you start a fire using nothing but wood and elbow grease.


How To Survive A Skyscraper Fire

A man died trying to escape a fire in his high-rise apartment building in Manhattan earlier this month. What makes this all the more tragic is that he would have survived — if he had only stayed in his apartment. Skyscrapers are designed to contain fires, so that, even when you’re hearing alarms and smelling smoke, the safest thing to do is to ignore every instinct to flee and stay put.


The LighterBro Multitool Turns You Into John McClane And MacGyver

If you’re a smoker who always has a disposable Bic lighter on hand, it’s time to ask more of that small accessory taking up space in your pocket. The LighterBro is basically designed to serve as a case for your Bic lighter that also happens to give it amazing slicing, repairing and bottle-opening powers.


Match Heads Igniting At 4000 FPS Look Like Dying Alien Worlds

It’s usually over in an instant, but when you capture macro footage of a match head igniting at 4000 frames per second, suddenly that almost instantaneous event becomes a fascinating look into the science of fire and ignition. And, believe it or not, YouTuber UltraSlo had to throw an additional 2000 watts of light on this match head to capture this mesmerising footage — that’s a lot of birthday candles.


Carbon Nanotubes Can Now Fireproof Your Furniture

If you’ve ever lamented the fact that putting your sofa right next to a warm crackling fireplace was dangerous, carbon nanotubes might one day come to the rescue — again. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology — or NIST — have created a carbon nanotube-based coating that makes the foam used in furniture considerably less flammable.


This Slick Steel Bucket Holds A Flame Or A Fern: Your Choice

What’s classier than a tiki torch, tougher than a luminaria, but less commitment than a big ol’ backyard pit? Well ,hey, it’s this cool Fire Bucket. And, whoa, it can do double duty as a planter. Neat!