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Alpha
05-31-2009, 12:35 PM
This is the first time that I have read or heard of this.

Anyone know anything more about this strange phenomenon or what do you think it may be?


Mystery Of The Fire Starters

Holiday Beach, Texas - In the year 1882, in Paw Paw, Michigan, Dr L. C. Woodman heard rumors of a man with a remarkable ability. It was said a 24 year-old man, named A.W. Underwood, had to take great care whenever he breathed, apparently to avoid causing fires.

At first the doctor thought the stories were mere exaggerations, but one day there was a knock on his door, and in walked A.W. Underwood himself, looking for help.

Dr. Woodman was persuaded to make tests in the presence of himself and some of his colleagues, and to their amazement Underwood performed incredible feats which they could not explain. In an article from Michigan Medical News, dated September 11, 1882, Doctor Woodman stated:

“He will take anybody’s handkerchief and hold it to his mouth rub it vigorously with his hands while breathing on it and immediately it bursts into flames and burns until consumed. He will strip and rinse out his mouth thoroughly, wash his hands and submit to the most rigid examination to preclude the possibility of any humbug, and then by his breath blown upon any paper or cloth envelop it in flame. He will, while out gunning and without matches desirous of a fire lie down after collecting dry leaves and by breathing on them start the fire.. ”

Dr. Woodman stated publicly that he was sure that Underwood’s ability was authentic.

The doctor also noticed that Underwood would hold the cloth or other material against his mouth so that he could force his breath through it, thus condensing whatever strange process it was.

The doctors washed Underwood’s mouth out with various mixtures, and obliged him to wear surgeon’s rubber gloves - but it made no difference - the phenomenon carried on as normal. ..........................

Article continues (http://www.ourstrangeworld.net/index.php/main/article/mystery_of_the_fire_starters/)

Divinorumus
05-31-2009, 12:58 PM
Cool, humons that can function as space heaters. I could use a few of them too. I can set them next to the glow-in-the-dark humons I use for lighting around here (lol). Are there any humons that can cool a room during the summer? That would be niffy too. Wow, there may be some practical use and purpose for humons after all. ;)

MuseNoir
05-31-2009, 03:16 PM
What a crazy story -- is this related to Spontaneous Combustion?
Here is an interesting article on how that works:
http://science.howstuffworks.com/shc.htm

What if the guy in the article above was unaware of his ... talent(?) and accidentally spontaneously combusted. Maybe that is what happens to the people who do? They never learned to control it...? Hmmm.

Alpha
05-31-2009, 05:27 PM
What a crazy story -- is this related to Spontaneous Combustion?
Here is an interesting article on how that works:
http://science.howstuffworks.com/shc.htm

What if the guy in the article above was unaware of his ... talent(?) and accidentally spontaneously combusted. Maybe that is what happens to the people who do? They never learned to control it...? Hmmm.

I'm not sure Muse, however I think this is different in some way, however perhaps it's related :dunno:

These folks just seem to set things on fire somehow...not themselves.

This is very perplexing to me...they don't intend it or so it seems, yet this manifests.

I tend to think...my current best CBT that perhaps there is some misdirected ego or energy in a certain state, that they are not consciously aware of, that manifests in this way by their lack of understanding or control....current best guess as I've never heard of this before.

BTW, we have a thread here trying to figure out Spontaneous Human Combustion (http://www.imaginativeworlds.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7483&highlight=combustion)

So many things we don't know or understand.....so many questions and so few answers....guess that's why most of us are here...to try to find some of them :circle:

Anyone else...thoughts?

Dera
05-31-2009, 10:53 PM
I have no comments; it's a puzzlement fur shur. I am going to think twice when it comes to eating hot peppers, tho'. http://2ni2.com/emoticon/special/botando.gif

Divinorumus
05-31-2009, 11:00 PM
hum, maybe his intestines are messed up and the two ends are hooked up backwards and he exhales methane and burps out his butt. (lol)

Judee
06-01-2009, 03:07 AM
hum, maybe his intestines are messed up and the two ends are hooked up backwards and he exhales methane and burps out his butt. (lol)


Interesting you say that Div. My first thought was that his system produces some kind of 'gas' that is highly flammable. The mention of him rubbing the hankerchief back and forth vigorously supports this. Kind of like people who will test positive on a breathalyzer machine, because they produce alcohol in their systems...