Interesting facts about fire

Along with water, earth and air, fire is considered one of the four elements (primary elements) and therefore played an important role especially in ancient philosophy and alchemy.

The Greek fire, the secret of which was never revealed, became the prototype of modern napalm mixtures and a flamethrower.

It is believed that the ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra cut her hair with burning candles. Japanese Hasegawa has revived the unusual way of haircuts. In 1976, a Japanese man began to cut his clients' hair with a metal comb and a handheld gas burner.

The first written eyewitness accounts of the appearance of the Holy Light in the Tomb miraculously date back to the 9th century.

Pyromania (from the Greek Πυρ - fire + mania) is a mental illness, expressed in an irresistible painful attraction to arson, arising impulsively.

The Olympic flame is lit in Olympia, Greece, a few months before the opening of the games. Eleven women, depicting priestesses, perform a ceremony in which one of them lights a fire using a parabolic mirror that focuses the rays of the sun. This fire is then delivered to the city hosting the Olympic Games.

The oldest Eternal Flame is considered the fire in the memorial of the unknown soldier in the triumphal arch in Paris - it has been burning since 1921 and reminds of the soldiers of the First World War who died.

Hot water puts out a fire faster than cold water.

On a space station, in the absence of gravity, the flame from a lighted match will spread in the form of a ball.

The fiery rainbow is considered a very rare natural phenomenon, which is observed far only beyond 55 ° north or south latitude.

Chemicals burn, coloring the fire with their individual atoms or ions, which are released under the influence of high temperature.

Blue (carbon)

Yellow-orange (sodium salts)

Green (copper, molybdenum, phosphorus, barium, antimony)

Blue-green (boron)

Blue (selenium)

Red (lithium, calcium)

Purple (potassium)

The earliest evidence of human use of fire comes from ancient East African archaeological sites such as Chesovanya near Lake Baringo, Koobi Fora and Ologesalirie in Kenya. The evidence comes from shards of red clay dating back about 1.4 million years. The burning marks of these fragments indicate that they were heated to a temperature of 400 ° C - to harden.

There is not a single volcano on the Tierra del Fuego archipelago in South America. It got its name from Magellan, who saw numerous fires from the ship, which were the fires of the Indians.