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Fire Escape Bookshelves

Chiasso’s charming Urban Shelf design looks like a fire escape. Yes, two of the shelves aren’t very useful, but that may be why Chiasso calls it “Urban Shelf” instead of “Urban Shelves.” Link -via Bookshelf

Fireproof Jackets For Dogs

Dogs often find themselves in dangerous situations, so it’s important to protect them however we can. Here’s a new product that helps protect pooches from getting hurt in a fire- it’s called the Ishiatama-kun Wanko fireproof jacket, and it comes complete with a helmet section to protect their head and ears from the flames. As a bonus [...]

R2-D2: A Dancing Machine

Man R2-D2 is on fire lately. Seriously though, this rave-bot has some good moves. Here is the video of ZOE in action, also more photos here. Made by Podpad Studios. They have also made a Dalek, so yeah. There is that. -Via Obvious Winner

Fire Station Fire

A fire station in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China, was gutted by a fire recently, causing chagrin for the local fire department. It was first announced as a “training exercise,” but later fire officials had to admit that a welding spark ignited a nearby can of gasoline, and the resulting blaze spread out of control. The [...]

Mystery fire deaths blamed on the paranormal

Several girls have reportedly set themselves on fire in a spate of mysterious deaths in India. 14-year-old Henna was the most recent of around 20 case…

Firefighters Rescue Cow Stuck in Tree

Firefighters are, of course, so frequently summoned by anxious cow owners that it’s almost proverbial: Fire crews in Cumbria were surprised to receive a call to rescue the cow, which had toppled 10 meters down a slope of the river Leith before a tree broke its fall. [...] The animal was sedated by a vet before being [...]

Why Are Dalmatians Linked to Firefighters?

These days any fire stations that actually have dalmatians just keep them around for the sake of appearances, but if you’ve ever wondered why they chose the spotted dogs in the first place, there’s actually a good reason: In the 1800s, fire engines were horse-driven carriages. Unfortunately, horses and much of the other equipment found in [...]

The Great Chicago Fire Wasn’t Even the Biggest Fire That Day

You’ve surely heard the story of the Great Chicago Fire (which wasn’t really started by a cow). Strangely though, the fire really wasn’t that big—at least when compared to many of the others that broke out on that same terrible night of October 8, 1871. The story you probably haven’t heard is how that 24-hour period [...]

Fire Ants and Techno-Chaos

(YouTube link) Fire ants are the geeks of the insect world. They seek out technology, particularly electric gadgets. And they have super powers, such as the ability to survive being cooked in a microwave oven. Don’t believe me? Watch this clip from the BBC program Supernatural – The Unseen Power of Animals. -via Everlasting Blort

What Happened to Starting Races With Real Pistols?

Getty Images When Usain Bolt, Wallace Spearmon and the rest of the field line up for today’s 200-meter race, they’ll kick off the race not at the fire of a pistol, but a noise triggered by an electronic gun. Did previous Games use actual pistols? Yes, but they’ve been scrapped for both safety and fairness. The guns [...]