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Elemental Opposites

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Puzzle ID:#48750
Fun:*** (2.37)
Difficulty:** (2.02)
Category:Science
Submitted By:logicgeniustus****!

 

 

 



You have a bowl of water. Placed in the center of it is a paraffin candle. The water level is below the top of the wax by about a few milliliters. How can you use any ONE common household object so that when the candle is lit, the wick will go below the water level with the fire still going? A lighter is provided.



Answer

You can take any object with you; it doesn't matter. Light the candle and the wax will float up to the surface, protecting it from water enough so that it will melt below the water.
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Comments

princess2007A*
Jun 02, 2011

Wow. I didn't know that!! Gonna try it sometime!
Junj13
Oct 16, 2011

Nice question.
zembobo*us*
Nov 18, 2011

I tried it and it didn't work but I'm sure I did something wrong.
smartguyneil
Jan 04, 2013

although wax may float on water the fire will still go out in this situation once the candle has burned for a little bit



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