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When you strike a match with a wooden shaft, and let it burn, the burnt bit often curls over in an untidy manner, and can even drop off, but not any more.
Inside every Straight Match is a strand of reinforcing wire which discourages this unpredictable curling action.
These ones stay pretty straight.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jun 17 2010]
These ones stay pretty.
[swimswim, Jun 17 2010]
but i'll fix that [xenzag, Jun 17 2010]
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||this will transmit heat down the wire and heat up
the shaft while sapping heat from the combustion.
||Manufacture the match with a curl in the opposite direction and the match will straighten when it burns ...
||But how can we perform "grandpa's last stand" after a few beers?
||the curling happens with a candle wick made of fibre,
but those often have a wire to reinforce them
In my experience, a wooden match stays pretty
straight, blackens and falls off. so not sure what you
||They curl up, and I'm going to put a stop to it.
||I know it's a stupid, useless idea, of no practical purpose, but isn't that the essence of the halfbakery? It is for me anyway.
||What causes the bending? It must be something to do with heat, so I suggest a little rotating collar at the base of the match. One side would have an IR laser and the other a jet of liquid nitrogen. The bending of the match would be detected by some kind of remote sensing array, triggering collar-spinning -laser-flashing -liquid-nitrogen-squirting -match-straightening action.
||The match will tend to curl up, but generally when the diameter is sufficiently reduced. By using a fat match, your fingers will burn before the match can bend.
||I wonder if there is a coriolis effect causing matches on this side of the equator to curl clockwise or counter and tongues of flame from a campfire...and while I'm on an elemental tangent, are sink holes, volcanic eruptions and continental drift also coriolis effect effected?