Light a Match One-handed From a Matchbook

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Who needs to bother tearing a match out of the book and lighting it with two hands when all you need is one. This instructable will show you how to light the match using just one hand, taking just about the same amount of time.

Step 1: Preparation

All you need is a matchbook and a capable hand.

Step 2: Open Matchbook

Step 3: Bend One Match Down Past the Bottom of the Matchbook

Step 4: Bend Match Again Over the Striking Surface and Place Thumb Over Match Head

Step 5: Flick Thumb Forward Across Striking Surface

This will light the match.

Step 6: Conclusion

Congratulations your match is now lit.

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    eulaliaaaa!

    8 years ago on Introduction

     Of course, you run the risk of lighting ALL of the matches at once and severely burning your hand.

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    Maybe, but not if you're doing it right. It's how my dad lit all his cigarettes (back before we convinced him to quit, finally).

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    Ouroboroussockeye101

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    How is that matchbook prepared? Hard-boiled? Roasted? Grilled? Or maybe sauted with a little garlic and some onions? But seriously, what use is are the matches with the meal. I don't mean to sound insulting, I'm genuinely curious.

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    sockeye101Ouroborous

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    there actally used to light the stoves the meals are cooked on. everything is in foil packages, pre-cooked. it just has to be boiled.

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    Ouroboroussockeye101

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Ah, of course. I heard "pre-cooked" and it didn't even occur to me that you'd need to heat them. I assume it'd be the same in most Military branches in many countries.

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    sockeye101Ouroborous

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    in cadets the odd times that we do get them and not mre's we heat them, but i have eaten them cold before.

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    sockeye101iBurn

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    trust me, once you have tasted american MRE's, you will feel sorry for the US troops. i know i am

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    nolte919UltraMagnus

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Walmart sells them by the box. I'm just guessing here because it's been a long time but I'd say the box contained 50 books and only cost a few bucks. We keep a book near every candle in the house.

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    Havok S14UltraMagnus

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Where ever you can buy cigarettes. Just ask for matches and they hand some to you for free. Yay free fire to play with.