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What Happens When You Step In Lava

Don’t try this at home (if your home somehow has lava?). But this video shows what happens when you step in lava that’s burning anywhere from 700C to 1200C. You don’t exactly sink in and become engulfed in the molten burning red liquid, you sink a little bit and then catch fire.


Terrifying Images Of Massive Fire In Downtown Los Angeles

“A massive fire in downtown Los Angeles early today engulfed an apartment tower that was under construction, damaged two other buildings and left freeways and roads closed,” reports the LA Times. This image by Gautam Trivedi is confronting, almost like the aftermath of a nuclear mushroom.


Wine Bottle Fire Extinguishers Hide In Plain Sight On Your Counter

A fire extinguisher is only as useful as you’re able to easily find it in an emergency. And being stashed under the kitchen sink means there’s the risk it’s not only hard to access, but might need recharging as well. So Greg Mockett created a camouflaged fire extinguisher shaped like a bottle that can be left on your kitchen counters so it’s never out of sight or out of mind.


This Device Lets You Shoot Fireballs From Your Hands

The technological complexity of most amateur magic tricks often doesn’t develop past the “plastic-bag-inside-a-newspaper” level and that’s because beyond this point, both cost and difficulty quickly become limiting factors. If you’re happy to embrace the challenges, however, you can get some pretty neat stuff like, uh, plastic-coated playing cards. Only kidding — for less than $US200, you can launch fireballs from your hands.


4 Hilariously Insane Ways To Remove Your Moustache That Aren't Shaving

Is shaving the best way to remove hair? Mehdi Sadaghdar emphatically answers yes after performing stunts for this video. He hilariously tries crazy alternative hair removal methods — burning it off and electrocuting it off, for example — and decides that shaving is so much easier than any other way.


Painting With Fire Creates Some Really Beautiful Art

Sure, you’re not supposed to play with fire but what about painting with fire? That’s what artist Steve Spazuk does. He uses flames and smoke to create beautiful artwork with images that are literally burned in. Spazuk employs other tools like feather brushes and x-acto knives but his artwork begins with fire. Pretty neat.


Badass Aeroplane Pilot Extinguishes Truck Fire With One Water Drop

Aerial firefighters are some of the most badass pilots out there, flying through smoke, extreme heat and turbulences, in often battered aeroplanes to drop water with amazing skills and courage. Sometimes, however, they get to do fun stuff like this: put out a semi truck fire on a road in the middle of nowhere.


Burning Artificial Sweeteners Releases Some Bizarre Shooting Webs

Our favourite destroyer of objects, the red hot nickel ball, is back. This time it’s torching artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Sweet N’ Low and Truvia. Splenda and Sweet N’ Low put up honourable fights but essentially caramelizes. Truvia, however, starts shooting out these weird spider web looking things when burned.


Learn Just How Crazy Russian Smokejumpers Are

To be a smokejumper — the front-line firefighters who parachute into forest fires — in the US, you’ve already got to be a little unhinged. To do the same job in Russia, with antique equipment, for no pay, you must be certifiably insane.


New High-Res Public Satellite Uses Infrared To See Through Smoke

Much like donning a pair of magical X-ray spectacles, DigitalGlobe’s recently-launched high-res imaging satellite WorldView-3 can see straight through things like smoke — to identify what’s really happening on the surface of the Earth. While WorldView-3 will create images that are twice as detailed as Google Maps, it also has other tricks up its sleeve — like a shortwave infrared sensor which can see through clouds and smoke.