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Monday, December 31, 2007


To start the new year with a 'duh'...

If you have not yet lit your fireworks, take this tip from an idiot:

If you nail your Catherine Wheel to your fence, it will scorch your fence.

This is because you set it on fire.

Amazing, really, that this did not occur to me until after I'd done it.

What's a Catherine Wheel? (Sorry, I'm a Yankee.)
A firework with a circular plastic centre and a taper wound around the outside. When you light it, the end shoots out sparks, and the force of that makes it whirl round and round, so you get the optical illusion of a circle of sparks.

Named after the martyrdom of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, who was broken on a wheel, grimly enough. (Though apparently the wheel broke when she touched it, so she was beheaded instead. One can but hope.)
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