Things That Do Not Burn
Sometimes when things suddenly burst into flames or start
smoldering, it is hard to understand why such a thing happened. Given what you
may know about the material in question, the end result of fire or no fire may
completely defy any explanation.
I recently had an intruding sales
receipt from a recent run to the local grocery store get caught between a
cooking pot and a hot electric burner. The receipt remained on the burner for at
least 15 minutes, maybe more. Why it did not burst into flames, smoke or smolder
is absolutely beyond me.
Look at the pictures for yourself.
Figure 1 -- The thermal paper has darkened in response to the
of the electric burner.
Figure 2 - Notice the advertisements
Just in case you don't believe that the two shots
are of the same receipt, have a look here:
So why didn't the receipt burn? Who knows? I would eagerly
welcome an explanation though.