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Find candle information through out history. Discover fun facts and candle trivia.  We have searched the internet to bring you all the craziest, weirdest, unusual, and coolest facts and trivia about the candle.

We even searched the old fashion way too, with books!  We learned how to do that in school, kids..
Did you know.................
No one really know why we have candles on birthday cakes?  It is a fact lost in history, but some think it is because the ancient Greeks use to make round cakes in honor of the full moon and take use them in worship of their goddess Artemis.  She was the goddess of the moon. It is said the Greeks placed candles around the cake to resemble a glowing full moon.  Do you suppose they sang a song when they did this!
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Some say that the Germans were the inventors of the birthday cakes.  They celebrated birthdays with "Geburtstagorten".  A special German cake.

Now the Germans were skilled craftsmen and candlemakers, very skilled in their wax treats.  

Cake candles are suppose to represent little sweet cakes.   It is all too much warm fuzzy love.

Did you know...............
Some people think that burning a candle with citronella helps to avoid mosquitoes.  Although the smoke may help to run the mosquitoes away, citronella is not an effective deterrent to getting rid of mosquitoes.  See the facts of one study at the NEUROSCIENCE FOR KIDS NEWSLETTER.

Did you know...............
There is a fish named the Candlefish!  This fish, also know as Smelt, has a silvery skin.  It gets it name from the  The name  Alaskan Indians.  They use to dry this very oily fish and using a piece of bark for a wick which they pushed through the bottom of the fish.  The oil would let the bark of the wood burn for a long time.  I can't imagine what this  smelly lamp's fragrance would smell like........FISHY!  I much prefer the sweet fragrances that we sell, but if you are ever stranded in the woods, in need of a lamp.........now you know.

The candlefish are very tasty and so oily, that they need no sauce for eating.....sool.....you can read more about how these fish were mentioned in history by reading - What's Cooking America.
Groundhog day replaced ancient Candle Mass
Did you know........
Long before it was called Groundhogs Day, it was called Candlemas.  Candlemas is a Christian festival observed on February 2. 
It is the beginning of spring, as it is halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Yes, the dreariest day of the year, with gray skies, drizzle, slushy, damp feeling.  It has always been a holiday marked with the kindling of sacred fires. 

No doubt to bring a little light  and hope into the dreary day.  Catholics used this day for bless all church candles used for the new year. 
Here is a wonderful article about the benefits of burning candles with added essential oils from the University of South Hampton.

Two researchers, Dr Lindsey Gaunt and Sabrina Higgins,  discovered that adding essential oils to the candle will destroy bacteria such as Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus aureus on most surfaces.

I found it interesting and very informative.
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If you want to read more, please read the CANDLEMAS, "The Light Returns" by Mike Nichols.  I found the article very informative and just a scrumptious read on this....my dreary gray dark unlit candle day..
Did you know........
A flame is a glowing mixture of gases called combustion!   The gases contain oxygen combined with some of the following.hydrogen, carbon monoxide, or hydrocarbon.

A candle flame is typical of this.  When you light a candle, the heat melts the hard wax and carries the wax and scent up the wick, then vaporized into the air.

A candle flame has 3 separate zones.  The first and innermost zone is composed of air/gas mixture, very low temp. 

The second zone - the fire, or luminous portion has hydrogen and carbon monoxide reacting with the oxygen from surrounding air and forms water and carbon dioxide.  The temperature is about 590 degrees C.  The bright yellow light, that we all love, is created by the carbon action.

Then the third section is mostly invisible to us.  It is the fumes.

The scent is released in the pool of hot wax that forms in the center of the candle.
Love by Candle Light
Did you know............
An internet rumor has it that you can use candles to make a microwave spit out Lightning Balls?  O, is this ever a great read....you have to see this experiment.

Of course you may destroy the microwave.  I haven't personality tried it, because microwave ovens cost money to replace.

You cook lit candles in an microwave that is well over the 500 watts.  You need a bunch of charred toothpicks in top of a lit candle, then it is all plasma orange flames crawling around your microwave. 

It is all to much science for me, but the guys love it.  Sorry about your microwaves ladies............
Candle light has come to signified love and romance.
Did you know............
Ever want a campfire that really puts on a show????!!!  You can add certain chemicals to a fire that will make it change colors.  A great way to teach children about science and the effect of mixing chemicals together.  Take a large log and make several holes in the log. 
Take the sawdust and mix with one or more of the following chemicals, then add the mixture to the holes you sawed into the log.  (This is sooooo cool, your kids will love the magic of it all.) 

You can find these chemicals at your local grocery store or other area stores.  Won't your kids will be amazed that the grocery store sells "chemicals" and that you knew this all along.  

Orange color is made from Calcium Chloride found in Ice Melter.
Yellow color is made from Sodium Chloride commonly found in Table Salt.
Violet color is found in Potassium Nitrate or Salt Peter - also found in Creme of Tarter
Blue will be the color if you find Copper Sulfate (bluestone). This is used to treat disease in cattle feet, so     ask a farmer or check your local feed store.
A cool green colored fire will come from Boric Acid Antiseptic Eye Wash

Now you can make cooler little individual fire cups from old egg cartons - (use the paper kind, not the plastic kind)  Cut the egg cartons into individual sections and fill each with sawdust and chemical from above.  Nestle the little cups in  your kindling, light the fire, and watch for the colors to appear.
Before warned about the color blue, as nocturnal moths use the color of moonlight or other natural light as a means of navigation.  Since the color blue seems to look like moonlight to the moths, they will fly around and around, trying to find their orientation.  Soon they will clasp from exhaustion and die. 

Please brush your moths away from your fire and back to the woods.  No innocent moths should be hurt by your fire blue color.
Halloween Candle Light
Did you know.............  
Stingy Jack is the reason we put candles in pumpkins.  The best story I have found on the internet about Stingy Jack and his candle light was at HauntedBay.com.  If you are going camping and need a great ghost story to tell when you are sitting around your colored fire, Haunted Bay is the place to find one.  There are ghost stories to be found here by the book load.  If you have never visited Haunted Bay, then you are in for a real treat.
Candle and Cow
Did you know............. 
Rumor has it that on Sunday, October 8, 1871 in the early evening, Catherine O'Leary's cow kicked over a candle and started the Great Chicago Fire.  That's the rumor, I am starting anyway.

Now, what we do know is the fire did start in Mr. and Mrs. O'Leary's barn.  All historians agree with that.
We do know the inferno spared  the Leary's  home, much to the Leary's relief.  It did spread to most of Chicago, burning down the homes of everyone else.  By Tuesday morning, October 10th, this fire had reduced the size of Chicago by approximately three and one-third square miles.  It created death, despair, tragedy, and added to the homeless population.

Suspects were rounded up by the Board of Police and Fire Commissioners, in order to assign blame, but despite months of investigation, the evidence was not forth coming.  The finger of blame could not be pointed.

So did a candle  actually cause the fire,  is this merely a nineteenth-century urban legend. or was Mrs. Leary and her cow to blame?  Was this fire started by an unknown individual for profit?  Much of Chicago was destroyed, allowing for new land development 

Perhaps it was caused by the two men, Daniel Sullivan and Dennis Regan who visited the Leary's that night.  It was reported that they met in the barn that evening.  The reason they met in the barn was never expanded on.
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