Candle lighter Keith Riggs
Todd Harding, TSM

My wife and I were at my cousin's retirement party on Saturday, after driving through the blizzard to get there. We had a wonderful time, had some amazing food, and learned a new trick that amazed and astounded both of us.

Our friend Keith Riggs lit a candle, blew it out, and re-lit the candle by lighting the smoke, not the wick of the candle.

This trick was the subject of study for my cousin, Seth Thompson, in one of his chemistry classes at CSU. They were asked to break down why this event occurred on a molecular level.

This is the very short YouTube video that shows Keith blowing out the lit candle and re-lighting the candle by putting a flame to the smoke:

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