In the 19th century, American firefighters had two ways of descending from their sleeping quarters to their horse-and-buggy conveyances on the ground floor: either by spiral staircase—installed to keep wayward horses from wandering upstairs—or through a tube chute, similar to the enclosed slides you see at playgrounds today. The stairs were cumbersome and the slides were slow, and in the 1870s, David Kenyon of Company 21, an all-African-American firehouse in Chicago, had an epiphany. Continue reading How a Black Fireman Brought a Pole Into the Firehouse
A suspected arson attack on Japanese anime studio Kyoto Animation has left at least 33 dead and dozens injured. The Japan Times reports that a 41-year-old suspect has been arrested following the fire, which is the deadliest mass murder incident in Japan since the 2001 Myojo 56 building fire. Continue reading 33 Confirmed Dead in Suspected Arson Attack on Japanese Anime Studio Kyoto Animation
HOW A GRILL GIVES STEAK ITS FLAVOR
The flavor of your steak greatly depends on the type of grill and fuel used to cook it. We’ve already learned why steaks are juicy and how heat transforms them to create a tasty sear. For this video, Popular Science and Saveur teamed up to learn about and detail the science behind flavoring.
A ferocious wildfire erupted in the San Bernardino mountains yesterday, ripping through more than 30,000 acres of brush in less than 24 hours. As of this morning, the Blue Cut Fire has forced more than 82,000 residents to evacuate.
I get it now! That’s why soccer doesn’t let players use their hands. Just in case they decide to start playing with a fireball. Watch Joltter, Andrew Henderson, and Melody Donchet do tricks with a ball that’s on fire and also hit a free kick too.
Sometimes there are just no words. Sometimes there is just a tree and a setting Sun and a sky that turns from a bright yellow to a deep orange. The Film Artist made this video, Be Sunset Tree, and it’s just majestic. How the Sun crosses the tree, how the tree seemingly cradles the light, and how the sky looks like it’s on fire.
The Elide fire ball must be filled with magic potion because it can get thrown into any fire and put it out immediately. Watch this demo video of it as it gets tossed around and turns flame into smoke. Sorcery!