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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.


WIKId Facts

Posted: July 6, 2013 in WIKId Facts

I haven’t really devoted myself to any sort of consistent blogging and just kind of update my blog whenever I get inspired… But I thought that I would really try to start a new series every day. Something short and interesting to read in about five minutes. My idea was to write about an item, idea, or fact from one of the webs many Wiki sites and post it here on my blog. Sort of like an interesting fact of the day. I realize that Wiki articles and definitions aren’t always of the most accurate nature… But that’s part of the fun, ya? Anywho, this is more of an exercise for me than it is for someone to read this and brag about all the new knowledge they’ve obtained. But let’s give it a go and see if we can’t learn at least a little something in the process!

WIKId Fact of the Day!

An Arborist is someone who studies, cares for, or is involved in the business of pretty much anything that involves leaves and wood. Ironically, one can apply the term to someone who saves trees for a living, or cuts them down. A more casual term for an Arborist is “tree surgeon” which tends to lean towards the cutting side of the word. There are a ridiculous amount of sub-titles too that all fall under the word. From logging to preservation, anyone who has anything to do with trees for a living could technically label themselves an Arborist. Not an Arsonist, mind you, who would pride himself in a large forest fire, which Arborist would then come in to try to stop.