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I've used hairspray as a fuel source for a potato gun. Awesome doesn't describe it well enough.


@jsimsace: It's also handy for getting away from the police:

Only use Veidt brand Hairspray.


my door lock was frozen during an ice storm and i needed to get into my trailer. used wd40 (only aresol i had) and a bic. got to scrub the burn marks off the paint the following week when it warmed up.

but the most memorable fire was when i got to call a code red at walmart. i forgot to turn the heating elements off when i drained the chicken friers. had management there in seconds. but the funny part was the girl that got mad when i grabbed the phone from her hands and hung up on her personal call so i could do the page.

which reminds me of when we had fires in the friers at mcdonalds while filtering the grease. every new person does it at least once. everyone who has been there before know you just grab a lid and sit it on top to smother the fire and wait. this time the new guy just walked away and calmly stated "fire. we have a fire" and kept walking.


Lysol works better than WD-40 (much less smoke) for dealing with flying stinging things, like hornets and wasps and mosquitoes, or annoying things like roaches. (I know, @moosezilla, the wd-40 was the only aerosol you had.)

I've also used lysol and hairspray and several other spray compounds in various devices like the potato cannon mentioned above (tennis balls fit very nicely into asparagus cans).

Styrofoam dissolves in gasoline nicely and thickens it: a useful substitute for napalm.


My brother set a piano on fire back in 1963. He sprayed a can of bug spray in front of a match, an iresistable flame thrower that he also used to torch model airplanes & soldiers. The piano was in the garage & put out with a garden hose, I can't remember what his punishment was! Calcium carbide mixed with water produces acetylene gas btw, extremely explosive!


I caught a computer on fire a few years ago.

I purchased a S-Video cable thinking the graphics card had a S-Video port. Unfortunately, it was an adapter for a different kind of cable and I didn't realize that. The cable wouldn't fit in so I forced it thinking I was doing something wrong. Turned on the TV and all I got was a brief rainbow of colors and then static. Graphics card caught on fire and then fire spread to the the motherboard. Motherboard was gone by the time I could turn off power. Everything else lived.

Moral of the story: Never force a cable in to a port. If it doesn't work, it's probably not the right cable.


I've accidentally set my stove on fire. In a manner that it wasn't designed for, I mean.

I left a skillet on the element (thought I'd turned it off) and went to take a phone call. Ten minutes later, I was chatting with my sister and walked by the kitchen door. I told her "Oh, let me call you back. My kitchen's on fire."

I was pretty calm about it at first because I thought that it was small enough to just beat down with a dish towel. Turns out I had to call the fire department over, it got out of hand really quickly.


My kids and some friends set a Ken doll on fire one day while I supervised. That was awesome. I should've realized it was a chemical fire, though, before we tried to put it out with water. Thankfully everyone kept their eyebrows (barely, but still).


I was left at home to care for my younger brothers and sisters from the time I was 12, and I had lots of delightful kitchen fires. The most exciting was when a wok full of cooking oil that I was deep frying in caught fire. The "put a lid on it" trick didn't work, the lid didn't make a seal so I went from a biblical column of fire to the ceiling to a comical donut of fire to the ceiling. Baking soda and a wet towel solved that one. But the one that stumped me was when the toaster caught on fire. I used a bbq fork to unplug it but I couldn't find anything big enough to put over it to suffocate the fire, so I gave up and used the kitchen fire extinguisher. When my parents got home that evening my dad was mad that I'd used the extinguisher as it was costly to refuel. I told him, "The house was on fire. Isn't that kind of the reason we have that thing?" He grumblingly conceded the point.