Posted By Caulimovirus on July 16, 2011
.: The label on the candle said “Fireside”. Not one to simply take a candle at its word, I leaned over the tiny dancing flame for a confirmatory sniff. It didn’t quite smell like the roaring fireside I imagined it to be (which, to be honest, is a little ambitious for a 4 oz candle), but I did notice an unusual crackling sound coming from the candle. The weird thing about the crackling was how quickly it increased in volume as I leaned closer and how fast it quieted as I leaned back.
.: My scientific curiosity kicked in, and I successfully recreated the sound every time I leaned in. After the fourth replication, I noticed the candle really didn’t smell like a fireside at all, but instead possessed a remarkable similarity to burnt keratin.