The wooden matchstick has a long and colorful history. According to Wikipedia the match was first discovered by Marco Polo over 5000 years ago in the vast rain forests of Nevada. When young Marco brought this amazing discovery back home to France, his father, Water, and his uncle, Segway, (both priests) declared the discovery of convenient fire to be heresy, and burned Marco, along with all the matches he had brought back, in a large bonfire (light by rubbing two sticks together, to prevent hypocrisy) . When the people of France discovered that their national hero had been killed, they rose up against the clergy and started the French Revolution.

History of the match began to fade.

History became legend, legend became myth, and for two and half thousand years the match passed out of all knowledge until, when chance came, it ensnared a new lighter ... Santa.

*blah blah blah

random nonsense

blah blah blah*

and, to make a long story slightly longer, that is the tale of how I single-handedly saved a large group of little people from Santa's sadistic elvish genetic modification experiments.

But seriously, why spend time making a coherent intro when I know you're all here for one thing

I was, of course, talking about pictures of me.

Step 1: Match sizing

To determine the measurements of a match I picked the most stereotypical looking match out of a box of strike anywheres.

The dimensions of a regular strike anywhere match are 2.5 mm x 2.5 mm x 57.2 mm.

The actual match head itself is 4 mm long and 3.7 mm wide. This means that the actual match head is .6mm thick on one side of the tip (3.7 - 2.5 / 2 = .6).

The ratio of the length of the match head to the length of the entire matchstick is 14.3

Scale this up to a 96 inch long 4x4 and we have a match head that is 6.71" long and .84" at its thickest point on one of the sides.
<p>WOW that is awsome</p>
<p>I liked all the humor in this. Very well done. Aaaannnddddd, since I'm here. I must note that I just went on Wikipedia and it says that Marco Polo did not bring the match, and that he died of illness.</p><p><br></p><p>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Polo </p>
<p>Best thing I've seen in a long time :) Thanks for posting it!</p>
Any chance of reuploading the videos to youtube?
Giant match.... equals giant fire??? <br>COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Step-11 <br>Picture-1 <br>Ride 'em cowboy!
I just noticed that in the first unedited video the video quality make the distant city look like it it burning.
How much would this whole thing cost???
you bring the match i bring the big chandel
I'm going to use this giant mach to light a huge bundle of fireworks. You know. For SCIENCE.
How was that not illegal?
Marco Polo died from illness, and lived about 650 years ago.<br />
If wikipedia said it, then it must be true.
hehe, funny<br />
yeah yeah. its written in wikipedia! its true! its true!
All hail wikipedia!<br /> LOL<br /> JK<br />
Everyone knows that <em>everything</em> you read on the internet is true. And, wikipidia is on the internet, so, it's true!!!<br />
so true.
I quote Wikipaedia (gasp!), &quot;In 1323, Polo was confined to bed, due to illness. On January 8, 1324, despite physicians' efforts to treat him, Polo was on his deathbed.&quot;<br><br>Hmm, any relation to matches???
According to wikipedia, Marco Polo died from illness, and lived 686 years ago.<br />
U should make an instructable on how to make a giant fire
heres how to make a giant fire: get a lot of flammable stuff, and combine it with a lot of flammable stuff. put it all somewhere. burn it. ta-da, giant fire.
"Dissolve the balls". Worst quote ever....
Was supposed to be a smiley
darn space loss
now, you will tell us what we want or we will disolve the balls!!! mwahahahahaha!! okay coffee break now. (walks away while balls disolve)
that was wood? i thought it was rubber :)
is that the double rainbow guy in the 2nd video?!?!
Where did you light it?
it looked like he had a piece of sandpaper secured onto a piece of ply wood.
No,Like i mean the place
apparantly, make sure you have enough alcohol to complete the project...
of course. what fun is fire without alcohol?
Was it a school project?<br><br>And the flame does look quite like the outline of a baby...
Looks like anemone. Very flammable anemone.
spray paint is flame able. explosivley falmable!OO <br> U
This slightly reminds me of that scene in &quot;9&quot; when 5 grabs a match to light a barrel of oil to destroy The Machine. though this match is slightly larger.
you sir are funny
Lol reminds me of MythBusters. It would be a good idea to not do the match head cutting around New Years with all the sparklers and all
wow..this is seriously awesome! =D
Chuck Norris uses this to light his BBQ grill
you have a giant match but only a normal sized fire crew on hand hahaha lol nice instructable
I wish I was creative.

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