On face book and other sites I keep getting all of these survival tips, now don’t get me wrong I like to get them. But at the same time look at some of them with a bit of skepticism. It seems like everytime I turned round for the last week or so, I have been receiving a survival tip about using crayons for light.
They have a very nice graphic that shows a crayon burning and underneath it says that a crayon will provide 30 minutes of light. This afternoon I got to thinking that it would be nice to know if this really works. You never know when some extra light may be a big help.
So I had my wife find me a crayon and a pie pan. I stood the crayon in the middle of the pan and attempted to light it. All I got was some melted crayon and a burned finger. My second attempt also failed. By now, the crayon was melted down almost to the paper. So I made a third try. Surprise I got a flame, the paper caught and I though success. Well the flame lasted about a minute and went out.
I tried all kinds of different ways to light a crayon and none would stay burning more than a minute. Now I don’t know if they were using a different brand or whether I was doing something wrong, but unless something new comes along it is off my list of survival tips.
The point that I really want to make with this is that regardless of what information you receive, you want to try it for yourself. There is always a learning curve. If any of you know what I did wrong let me know and I will try it again.