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PopQuizzical Daily! for May 14, 2013:
In outer space, a typical flame will have what atypical shape?
True: wood doesn't burn in a fire.
Don’t get me wrong, wood is consumed in a fire, but wood itself doesn’t directly burn.
A chemical reaction from the wood emits gases – and the gases burn. Anything that “burns” isn’t actually on fire. It’s the gases from that object that burn, fueling the fire. Fire is a side effect of matter changing forms. Although I wouldn’t try to explain that to the piece of wood, as he is violently “changing forms”.
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