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The Perfect Match

Shira Yehudit Djalilmand

Simple little things, matches. But can you imagine how difficult life would be without them?

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

matchesLife before Matches

Early human communities learned to make fire by rubbing sticks together — but it was hard work. Another method was to focus the sun’s rays on a flammable material by use of a lens, or “burning glass.” But if there was no sun — or no lens — then there was no fire. Tinderboxes made life a little easier. Containing flint (a type of hard mineral), steel, and tinder (flammable material such as cloth or straw), the tinderbox was portable and generally effective. But it was still a far cry from the convenience of today’s matches.

 

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