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Buzzcutbuddha ( A Christmas tree? Someone's been talking to my friends..)RE: My favorite flame retardant

by buzzcutbuddha (Chaplain)
on Aug 11, 2000 at 00:18 UTC ( #27371=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to My favorite flame retardant

No lie, I almost choked on my water when I saw Christmas tree. Back in my crazy youth, a warm June night my friend and I took the old Christmas tree that was underneath the deck at my mom's townhouse and dragged it down to the burnpit where the construction crew were burning their trash.

Now we had a suspicion that the tree would burn fast, being sixth months old, and all the needles yellow and brittle, so we took out our can of WD40 and sprayed a nice fat wet path out of the burn pit to the edge and took our matches, lit on, and dropped it on the WD40.

The blue trail of flame was small and weak and made it's own way to the tree in it's own good time, and for a minute, nothing happened, so we both stood up to try and again, when suddenly VOOOOOMMM!!!! the tree went up in flames like a roman candle, flames shooting twenty feet into the air. A burst of heat washed over us, and looking down at my arms I realized that most of my arm hairs were gone.

The tree only burned for about 3 minutes and then died, and after that I lost all interest in WD40 and flammable materials. But it is fun thinking about it.
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RE: Buzzcutbuddha ( A Christmas tree? Someone's been talking to my friends..)RE: My favorite flame retardant
by BlueLines (Hermit) on Aug 11, 2000 at 01:35 UTC
    Warning: long true story follows

    So a friend of mine was set up with a blind date. He called the girl and offered to pick her up for the date. She agreed, and told him the name of the street she lived on. When he asked for her street address, she replied, "Don't worry. You'll know."

    I'd like to note that my internal danger warnings would have started flashing at this point.

    So the day rolls around for my friend to pick up his mysterious date. He's already running late, and when he gets to her street he finds a police roadblock set up. He calls her on his cell phone to let her know that he was running late because of the traffic situation, but there is no answer. He parks his car on the side of the street and heads out on foot to locate his date.

    What he finds is several police cars, a fire truck, and an ambulance. And a live electric line. And a pretty girl in handcuffs being led into a police car who happened to be his date.

    Apparently, after the girl told him that he'd know her house when he saw it, she got nervous and tried to come up with a way to identify her house and impress her date. She noticed the aging christmas tree in her front yard and decided to light it on fire around the time my friend was supposed to show up. The tree was rather tall, and leaning against a telephone pole. At 8pm she lit the tree with a match. The tree burst into flames, which lept high enough to catch the powerlines above her on fire, which consequently burned through and snapped. Her entire neighborhood was without power, and she was charged with arson.....

    The date was never made up.

    BlueLines

    Disclaimer: This post may contain inaccurate information, be habit forming, cause atomic warfare between peaceful countries, speed up male pattern baldness, interfere with your cable reception, exile you from certain third world countries, ruin your marriage, and generally spoil your day. No batteries included, no strings attached, your mileage may vary.
RE: Buzzcutbuddha ( A Christmas tree? Someone's been talking to my friends..)RE: My favorite flame retardant
by vroom (Pope) on Aug 11, 2000 at 00:26 UTC
    One of my friends from high school threw a graduation party at his house complete with a fire. After it got going half way decently we tossed their dry dead christmas tree on there and it burned like nothing else. To this day whenever he tries to schedule a gettogether in the summers the first question he's asked is invariably whether we'll be burning a Christmas Tree.

    vroom | Tim Vroom | vroom@cs.hope.edu
      Thanks for that Vroom. Try though I might, I've never topped that first one. I'm pretty dissapointed that you missed the last one though. We'll try again next summer.
      Glad I'm not the only one who did this. I think I'll make it a yearly tradition to signal like the halfway point to Christmas. That would be fun...the Christmas Tree Burning. hehehehehehe
      That's also a Blacker Hovse New Year's tradition...

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