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Fire that doesn't burn

  1. Sep 13, 2012 #1
    What's that flame in the back of Katniss that doesn't really burn? What flames can't burn?
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  3. Sep 13, 2012 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Passion is a flame that does not burn. :)

    The trick with these things is to define what you mean by "flame" and "burn" ... by definition, physical combustion means that something has to burn ... but it just does not have to be the thing you expect.

    The biblical burning bush burns without being consumed by the fire[1] and this is what is usually meant and that is what is meant in the Hunger Games fire dress.

    You can also firewalk without getting burned.

    Perfectly normal flames do not have to burn you.
    So it all boils down to definitions and desired effects.


    [1] Dictamnus Alexander and Zhenia Fleisher note that:
    Intermittently, under yet unclear conditions, the plant excretes such a vast amount of volatiles that lighting a match near the flowers and seedpods causes the plant to be enveloped by flame. This flame quickly extinguishes without injury to the plant.

    ... probably not miraculous enough for christians though.
  4. Sep 13, 2012 #3
    so how does the fire dress work? it's like cold fire.. maybe akin to cold fusion?
  5. Sep 13, 2012 #4

    Simon Bridge

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    <sigh> Hunger Games is fiction. It is not real.
    Did they put the dress in the movie? Are you asking how the special effect was done?

    Note: cold fusion is not all that cold ... it is just less than millions of degrees.
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  6. Sep 14, 2012 #5
    But in Many Worlds of Quantum.. anything that can happen will happen and is happening. so somewhere out there it happens
  7. Sep 14, 2012 #6
    This forum is about science fiction, not pseudoscience. If you want to argue about science fiction and fantasy, then you are welcome to. But if you want to argue that science fiction is real in some sense, then this forum is not the place for it.

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