http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/york/labshots/other/burner2.jpg This thing invokes so much terror in me. I really need help overcoming that fear because I will be having my Practical Exams in around 8 weeks. The Chemistry and Biology (sometimes Physics) practicals require that you light a Bunsen Burner by yourself during the exam. I just can't bring myself to put a lit match near the mouth of a Bunsen Burner when the gas supply is turned to on. The Burner is just immediately lit with a great, nasty, terrifying, apocalyptic BOOM!!! I had my mock practicals just a week ago. I was the cause of much amusement to the invigilators who politely covered their mouths when I jumped back from lighting a Bunsen Burner (after 4 or 5 failed attempts). The problem is that I've been trying to get myself well acquainted with the Bunsen Burner for the past 2 years - with no success. Part of my phobia can be attributed to an incident I had last year where I burned part of my hand during crystallisation. The copper sulphate solution that I was heating in the evaporating dish just started being sprayed everywhere. The teacher FORCED me to withdraw the Bunsen Burner from underneath the evaporating dish, and that was when this huge gob of copper sulphate solution landed on my hand. AHHHH, even recalling that incident and relating it to all of you here on PF is difficult for me, and my hands are trembling.