April 15th, 2009


Bacon: the Other White Heat

I ganked this from larryv, and it's unbelievably cool:

You know bacon is delicious, but did you know it contains enough energy to melt metal?

Pure oxygen flows from a metal pipe through a core of baked prosciutto, generating a grease fire hot enough to ignite steel and burn a hole clear through this pan. A wrapping of less-flammable uncooked prosciutto focuses the flame into an intense bacon-plasma torch. …Pure oxygen helps release it in a much shorter time than usual, but it's really the chemical energy in the bacon that makes the steel pan burn.

larryv described the phenomenon with this equation:

bacon + pure oxygen = light saber

If you read the article, you'll find that they also made a vegetarian heat lance with a hollowed-out cucumber stuffed with breadsticks (though not quite as long-lasting, still produces a very impressive flame).