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How To Start A Fire With A Stick Of Gum, Just In Case Your Life Depended On It

Picture this: you’re lost in the woods with no cell service and the sun is about to set. Rather than sitting in the wintry darkness and getting eaten by lions, tigers, and bears, you decide you need to get a fire going for warmth and safety. Unfortunately, all you have in your pockets is a stick of gum and a fairly used battery.

According to Grant Thompson (The King Of Random), that’s pretty much all you need to get that fire going.

In one of his latest videos, Thompson utilizes the gum wrapper and a AA battery to create the greatest element mankind has ever been gifted with. During this experiment, he toys around with three different gum brands to see which worked best in igniting the battery.

Ideally, you’d want a foil wrapper that’s metallic on one side and fibrous on the other. 5 Gum is a good example that meets those criteria.

Proceed by cutting the fiber into strips and place the metallic end on the ends of the battery. If done correctly, the wrapper should immediately catch fire. You can check out the video above to see the process, in beautiful technicolor.

All that’s left for you to do with this newfound skill is set up some dry grass and pieces of wood and you’ll have a roaring fire in no time.

Hopefully you make it to the morning.

By Peter Pham

Pete's favorite foods include pizza, tacos and pretty much any kind of breakfast. He'll usually snap a photo or two while his food cools down.