How to start a fire with a can of Coke and a chocolate bar

Sunday 24 April 2005

The chances of my needing to ever use this technique are virtually zero, but the ingenuity demonstrated is worth it: Fire - Can of Coke and a Chocolate Bar.

This is a good example of overcoming functional fixedness, whereby people view objects as having only one use. In this case, the can of Coke is shown to be something other than a container for a beverage. It’s also a small parabolic mirror. The chocolate is more than a tasty snack: it’s also a mild abrasive.


Pretty cool, but I prefer a flame-thrower to start my fires (paraphrasing "Rubin" from The Partridge Family)

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