Saturday, November 11, 2006

Things you need to know!

Why the heck does lighting a match get rid of ...umm..."bathroom" odors? Well...

When a match is struck, it produces sulfer dioxide, a "very pungent substance, to which the smell receptors are extremely sensitive." MadSci explains, "You can smell a minute amount of sulfur dioxide, but when you have done so, you will not smell anything else for a while." So, the match doesn't really get rid of the odor -- it just covers it up. This seems the most likely explanation, but MadSci presents a few other possibilities, including "oxidation of smelly substances in the flame" and "absorption of smelly substances onto the smoke." Take yer pick!

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