WIKId Fact of the Day

Posted: July 7, 2013 in WIKId Facts


A flamethrower is an incendiary device that makes things over there catch fire from over here. Some of the earlier records of these are found in the Byzantine empire and used by the Greeks on board their ships around 600-700 AD. They used pumps which were man-powered to catapult and launch a fiery liquid, probably not much unlike modern day napalm on to their enemy’s wooden vessels. Bad day. China also picked up on the hot idea and made some flamethrowers of their own around 900 AD to fend off its borders from the Mongols. Modern day flamethrowers began their debut in World War I, where both sides used them to clear enemy trenches. Because military flamethrowers are liquid-based, meaning they use liquid as a fuel and propellant, they are able to “bounce” off corners and into holes, making the user capable of toasting things out of their line of sight. Flamethrowers continued to be used in most every war since in some way, no matter how small and still have military applications, if only used to scare the pants off the other side.

Flamethrowers are still the only surefire way to kill zombies and spiders.