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
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
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
Fail freshman chemistry much?
3/12/2012 3:46:20 AM
9/21/2012 7:18:04 AM
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