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Hydrogen and oxygen are volatile agents of combustion, but the same are the only ingredients of water which douses combustion. The designer/creator of these must've had a chuckle, thinking about folks like you when he designed it all so mindbogglingly inexplicable.

buzsaw, EvC Forum 23 Comments [4/1/2003 12:00:00 AM]
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Me again

Hardly inexplicable, old bean. In fact pretty easily explicable by any GCSE or A level chemistry textbook.

7/3/2008 11:07:24 AM


Combustion is X + Oxygen. Water cuts the supply of oxygen, and in non-combustable and therefore stops the fire.

12/29/2009 3:32:14 PM


Sigh...another idiot who failed high school physics and has to go with 'goddidit'.

12/29/2009 3:44:56 PM


Yawn. Salt is a much more interesting example if you want to use the inane "chuckiling creator" argument.

12/29/2009 5:28:15 PM

Caustic Gnostic

Yes, different combinations of different elements have inexplicably different energy levels.

Upon further cogitation I conclude that H2O is not a particularly effective extinguisher of H2-O2 combustion.

12/29/2009 10:41:46 PM


Why don't you buy yourself a basic chemistry textbook before making statements like this?

12/30/2009 1:07:25 AM

David F Mayer

Only inexplicable to the ignorant.

By the way, water will NOT extinguish certain kinds of fires, but actually makes them burn faster. Try pouring water on a magnesium fire some time and see what happens.

2/24/2011 11:58:01 PM


Let me introduce you to chlorine triflouride. It sets concrete on fire.

2/25/2011 12:50:40 AM

Professor M

Yes, water is brilliant and crazy stuff that behaves in all sorts of unexpected ways -- but all according to a set of coincidences in the way that basic particles interact. If particle physics and basic chemistry functioned slightly differently, then there would be a different chemical that we would find wonderful in its range of unexpected behaviors.

2/25/2011 2:33:17 AM


It's not inexplicable. Ironic perhaps, but not inexplicable.

2/25/2011 5:06:50 AM


Fucking water, how does it work?

2/25/2011 10:30:00 AM


There are things...like thermodynamics...that can't be explained with a puppet show.

2/25/2011 11:54:07 AM



2/25/2011 12:03:33 PM

Quantum Mechanic

Fail freshman chemistry much?

3/12/2012 3:46:20 AM

Quantum Mechanic


9/21/2012 7:18:04 AM

Crimson Lizard

Idiot and proud of it.

1/2/2013 8:46:01 AM


We also have an explanation for the platypus, in case you were keeping that one in reserve.

1/2/2013 9:44:56 AM


A lack of oxygen is what stops combustion. You can use anything that doesn't burn. For example, water. Other things work as well. For example, nitrogen can snuff out a flame. The best fire extinguisher would be a total vacuum; but unfortunately, you can't just fling a burning forest or house into space.

If there is a God, he's probably laughing at how you fail at basic chemistry.

1/2/2013 12:19:14 PM

*thunk* *thunk* *thunk*

look up a high school chemistry book.

burn hydrogen in oxygen and get water. Is a miracle !! well not so much

1/2/2013 2:19:17 PM


Umm, no. Fluorine is extremely reactive because it tries to bond. Fluorine in a chemical is extremely inert and hard to distill. Reaction energies are the whole thing.

10/13/2013 10:17:18 AM


The designer/creator of the universe would probably have better things to do than to laugh at the mental flailings of an idiot such as yourself.

10/13/2013 11:44:21 AM

Oxygen DiHydride , the evil universal solvent of things that are soluble in it.

Baking soda works on fires too.

10/13/2013 2:06:41 PM


Fundies are living proof that Intelligent Design is a myth.

10/16/2013 2:47:35 AM

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