Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Perfect Match

Each month, Wired magazine has an interesting column dissecting the complex contents of some common household item. A couple of  months ago, there was an interesting lab analysis of the closely guarded ingredients in WD-40 (“The Superlube’s Secret Sauce”). In July’s issue, they put Diamond Strike-Anywhere Matches under the microscope. I know this sounds rather esoteric and geeky (it is Wired, after all), but these concise columns are, in fact, very interesting. I always find myself, saying, “Wow! Who knew?” after reading them. In the case of the matches, I bet you never knew how much went into making a simple stick burn ... in a very specific way. 

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