Monday, December 15, 2008

Manic Monday: Candle

Look what I learned whilst trying to come up with something interesting to say regarding candles. Wikipedia is always such a brainiac showoff...

A candle manufacturer is traditionally known as a chandler

Didn't know that before today. And...

candle Pictures, Images and Photos
The burning of the [wax] takes place in several distinct regions (as evidenced by the various colors that can be seen within the candle's flame). Within the bluer regions, hydrogen is being separated from the fuel and burned to form water vapor. The brighter, yellower part of the flame is the remaining carbon being oxidized to form carbon dioxide.

Didn't know that either. That whole water vapor, hydrogen and carbon dioxide with the corresponding colors of the flame... I thought it was rather interesting. Technical, but interesting nonetheless.

Yes, it's true. I'm desperate for a candle topic. I've been drawing blanks all day. So, for fun, and for an aggressive and intentional deviation from the word candle, let's see what other random facts we can learn on Wikipedia!

Did you know that there are over three hundred distinct breeds of goats? Ya. Me neither.

Did you know that, in Australia, there is a group called:
The Corps of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME; pronounced Raymee). Saint Eligius is recognized as the spiritual guide and mentor of RAEME personnel. Saint Eligius is universally known as a protector of tradesmen and craftsmen.

Huh. Didn't know that either. Seems like a pretty non-engineerish sentiment to me, but what do I know!? (not as much as Wikipedia, to be sure!)

And how about this for getting rid of a wart?
Duct Tape Occlusion Therapy (DTOT) involves placing a piece of duct tape over [a] wart for six days, followed by soaking the area in water and scraping it with a pumice stone or emery board. There is conflicting evidence as to whether or not DTOT is an effective wart therapy.

And speaking of Duct tape...
With a standard width of 178 inches (48 mm), duct tape was originally developed during World War II in 1942 as a water resistant sealing tape for ammunition.

And for some Christmas cheer...
Mistletoe is a poisonous plant that causes acute gastrointestinal problems including stomach pain, and diarrhea along with low pulse.

So, for the love of cheese whiz, kiss under the mistletoe, but please refrain from eating it!

You know, that one got me curious. If you haven't already clicked on the link above...
According to a custom of Christmas cheer, any two people who meet under a hanging of mistletoe are obliged to kiss. The custom is Scandinavian in origin. It was the plant of peace in Scandinavian antiquity. If enemies met by chance beneath it in a forest, they laid down their arms and maintained a truce until the next day. This ancient Scandinavian custom led to the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe.

Wikipedia is just like one big train of thought for me.... here's my last one:
Kissing is a complex behavior that requires significant muscular coordination. A total of thirty-four facial muscles and 112 postural muscles are used during a kiss.

How about that? If you've ever kissed someone, let me be the first to say, "Congratulations on your significant muscular coordination!" ;)


Ashley said...

Lots of cool facts! That was really fun to read! :)

Polly said...

Okay, so if I use 146 muscles while kissing, how many calories per hour is that? LOL

The candle burning stuff was pretty cool IMO.

For the record, Duct Tape works.

Elena said...

Someone had way too much time on her hands last night. LOL! And no wonder I was so fit in high school, all that kissing was a good work out. I better start that up again. My husband thanks you. :)

Shanana said...

I loved this! This is just the type of random crap to keep my trivia-trap-of-a-brain completely satisfied!

Ginny said...

one word: random :-)

Travis said...

I always enjoy learning stuff. Now I did know that every tool shed should have duct tape, but it didn't occur to me that every medicine cabinet should!


bv said...

You so make me laugh. I never planned on eating mistletoe and will make sure my kids refrain! The duct tape thing just goes to show how universal it is in it's many uses! No wonder kissing makes us so nervous when we're younger and becomes such a hassle as we age!!!!! ROFL! xoxo