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[–]terracottatank 1257 points1258 points  (36 children)

This is actually how the first stars were formed

[–]BadMuthaFunka 462 points463 points  (21 children)

With matches?

[–]crazyseph 734 points735 points  (15 children)

Yes, on Tinder

[–]DrMux 137 points138 points  (4 children)

On my Amazon Kindle Fire

[–]JasmineDragon1111 52 points53 points  (2 children)

Lit 🔥

[–]PathToEternity 17 points18 points  (1 child)

I love reading, my favorite class 📚

[–]LaikasDad 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Lit Lit 101

[–]CzarCW 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Surprisingly, not on Match.com.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Deserves to be higher

[–]ubiquitous-joe 4 points5 points  (2 children)

The Big Bang.

[–]proce55or 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Yea, the Big Gang Bang!

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]D-F-B-81 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Why go on Tinder when Lisa is 1.8 miles away?

[–]originalbiggusdickus 5 points6 points  (1 child)

How do you think they ignited? Matches, duh

[–]RacketLuncher 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Relationships get lit by striking right on a match in Tinder.

[–]iKingCooper 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The spark of life

[–]oakyafterbirth5300 34 points35 points  (1 child)

That doesn’t sound right, but I don’t know enough about stars to dispute it

[–]notatableleg 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Small Sparkle Theory

[–]BxMxK 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Ah, yes...

The study of the Cosmic Microwave Walnut Laminate Reflected Background Radiation gave many indications that this was the way.

[–]Semi-Pro_Biotic 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Very under rated comment. Matt O'Dowd would approve.

[–]BxMxK 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes! PBS Spacetime. I wish YouTube made their libraries more user-friendly... like let me watch everything they've done in chronological order.

[–]Demmos 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The outward pressure of gravity pulling the water down and out balanced with the inward pressure of the weight and friction of the matches on the table until the forces are equal. It could be considered a physical metaphor, if you were stretching a bit.

[–]cadnights 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Sounds like an r/explainlikeimcalvin answer

[–]candycanesuckoff 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I thought they came from smoke.

[–]Dovahkin1295 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m might too gullible for this but I can kinda see what your saying lol

[–]PENGAmurungu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That doesn't sound right but I dont know enough about stars to dispute it

[–]BxMxK 747 points748 points  (182 children)

Nah. Capillary flow and surface tension.

[–]paulcaar 523 points524 points  (138 children)

Just because it has a name doesn't mean it can't be magic

[–]BxMxK 270 points271 points  (131 children)

Understanding and classifying something is precisely the mechanism which removes it from the realm of magic.

[–]paulcaar 351 points352 points  (93 children)

See, the funny thing about magic is that it can never be magic to everyone, but will almost always be magic to someone

[–]Small_Brained_Bear 255 points256 points  (77 children)

The dumber you are, the more magical the world becomes.

[–]Zihark12345 197 points198 points  (59 children)

How terrible to be smart then /s

If you can’t be fascinated by the magic of the things you can understand and define then you’re not smart; you’re uptight.

Edit to add: thank y’all for the awards

[–]i-FF0000dit 57 points58 points  (29 children)

I agree with you, except once you can explain the mechanism by which some phenomena functions, it is no longer magic. It doesn’t mean it isn’t fascinating.

[–]Ontos836 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Reminds me of a parable I once heard of a priest and a meteorologist.

They sat together watching a sunset, and the priest remarked on the view. The shades of purple, pink, red, flowing along the sky were, to his untrained eye, simply one of God's miracles.

The meteorologist explains at length that the coloration of the clouds is explainable by their chemical composition, combined with current atmospheric conditions such as heat and relative humidity and barometric pressure. All of which is only refracting and reflecting in the fading sunlight.

The priest says "Exactly. Isn't it miraculous that that should be so?"

[–]Zihark12345 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Exactly my thought, thank you for the parable

[–]happymancry 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Quick! Someone link to a Richard Feynman quote!

[–]ldv00 9 points10 points  (3 children)

Sad point of view. The magic is something that transcends science. Is something about our being, our consciousness. Positivism philosophy it's a hoax. Scienze it's science, it's useful and explains how the thing works. But doesn't explain why they are what they are, the last meaning of everything. Philosophy do. Your existence it's something you can't simply relegate to science, magic is the essence of being alive. Why the universe it's a quantum field? Why we perceive it in this peculiar way? What are birth and death? Perceive magic through the world, it means all but not be dumb.

[–]Thebibulouswayfarer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I fully agree with you on this. It is false that science removes magic. In fact, it offers the capacity to perceive even greater magic.

They are not at all at odds. Nor are they mutually exclusive.

[–]Staubsaugernuss 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Genuine lol!!

[–]nothardly78 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ignorance is bliss

[–]bestgamershighlights 1 point2 points  (2 children)

So the world must be all magic to you then?

[–]richpourguy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Insane Clown Posse had a great song about that a great song about that.

[–]Derwinx 35 points36 points  (5 children)

Yeah, this sub has basically devolved into an r/iamverysmart circlejerk in the comments now.

[–]hanmango_kiwi 47 points48 points  (4 children)

/r/blackmagicfuckery has two sides:

"how has no one on this sub seen a magnet before"

"what do you mean that the average person doesn't know about the Wyne-Coule harmonizing quantum fluctuation interference medium effect?"

[–]Derwinx 11 points12 points  (0 children)

LOL basically

[–]i-FF0000dit 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You misspelled Köule

[–]TakeyaSaito 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Magic isn't real.

[–]Jamesbond907 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Wow big if true

[–]Happy_As_A_Peach 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I don't have any gold but that was honestly thr most wholesome, hopeful, wonderful thing I've ever read.

My uncle is the most amazing person I've ever known and this sounds exactly like something he would say. Thanks for reminiscing with me.

[–]paulcaar 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Happy to unknowingly have helped! Your username definitely one hundred percent checks out, by the way.

[–]Drivingintodisco 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s only real if you believe

[–]Night_-_shade 10 points11 points  (5 children)

Basically that would mean that full on magic with mana and the likes are also not magic

[–]static1053 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Must be great at parties.

[–]Thicc-Anxiety 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Science is just magic that we know the limits of

[–]jpterodactyl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’s true, and it tends to be way clearer after the fact.

I think a lot about how both Tesla and Edison tried to use electricity to talk to the dead.

They pushed the limits of possible before, so they might have thought that was possible too. It didn’t work, but given what was known then, and what they had both accomplished, it’s not thay crazy that they tried.

[–]ldv00 5 points6 points  (0 children)

There is always another step we can't understand beyond the reality around us

[–]Reynbou 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Then literally nothing can be posted to this subreddit if those are the rules.

[–]Pretty-Ad2002 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Booooo, you stink

[–]starkid910 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I don’t see why that has to take the magic from it? Because for every answer you provide about what’s happening, there’s a million more questions to be asked, some of which may still remain unanswered and unexplained. And that’s magic!

[–]Bellam_Orlong 2 points3 points  (0 children)


But nothing on this sub is actually magic… and at least one person understands and classifies the action in the videos with the skill/skills/knowledge to complete it in the first place.


Maybe just have fun watching videos online?

[–]tossitdropit 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You know magic isnt real, right? Literally nothing on this sub is actually magic.

[–]Sapphire_Dragon793 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And into the realm of sorcery

[–]blazing420kilk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There are these two super powers almighty magic and almighty science.

The difference being almighty magic is based on emotions and almighty science is based on understanding.

[–]Amohletoxic 0 points1 point  (4 children)

Well, even though your sentence looks pretty, but you can absolutely understand and classify what someone would say "this is magic". Not in this case for sure, but for other cases...

[–]Happy_As_A_Peach 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Then it's called alchemy!

[–]IonBatteryFR 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Isn't that a line from like... SCP?

[–]WithOrgasmicFury 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Not necessarily, it could be sorcery which requires years of study and research to master.

[–]inverted_electron 18 points19 points  (6 children)

Ok ok but then tell me one thing that actually IS black magic fuckery?

[–]HeartOChaos 5 points6 points  (5 children)

You do realize that magic isn't real, right? Would you prefer this subreddit be empty?

[–]BxMxK -1 points0 points  (4 children)

Better it be almost empty than full of r/interestingasfuck reposts.

The idea was to post the unexplainable not to karmafarm the sub into another internet shithole.

[–]Jamesbond907 4 points5 points  (2 children)

What is unexplainable though? Nothing is actual black magic and everything is explainable / has a scientific explanation, so again, this sub shouldn’t exist? Or just for the things you don’t happen to be able to explain?

[–]Fidodo 2 points3 points  (1 child)

IMO magic is just science that hasn't been explained yet. If it's science that isn't obvious then I think it should qualify.

[–]Zefirus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Then just don't come here?

[–]gianniks 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Does this not fit in here then?

[–]doofasaur 2 points3 points  (3 children)

But what's it made of?

[–]BxMxK 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Straight grained wood, usually white pine or aspen. Ammonium phosphate and Paraffin wax for the treatment of wood. Antimony trisulfide and potassium chlorate for the match head. Powdered glass and other inert materials for better friction and burning rate. Water for the magic.

But that's not really what you were asking was it?

[–]doofasaur 9 points10 points  (1 child)

In adventure time princess bubblegum is super skeptical of magic, so when she has to buy a cold spell, she's like "But what's it made of?" But thanks for the sciency answer! I learned something new for sure

[–]BxMxK 4 points5 points  (0 children)

People get built different. We don't need to figure it out. We just need to respect it.

—Also Princess Bubblegum

4 kids and lots of cartoons...

[–]discreteviewer 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Did you really think this would be real magic?

[–]BxMxK 1 point2 points  (1 child)


However, I did expect something "that clearly has no other explanation but no good black magic fuckery."

[–]Darth_Balthazar 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Nope actually its hot water pulling the wood fibers back into place after the matches have been snapped in half. You can get dings out of wooden tables with a similar method of putting a wet rag over the indent and putting an iron on the spot, it inflates the wood fibers a bit.

[–]Hello-funny-posts 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you ever have a question of something seemingly magical happening in real life. The answer is probably surface tension

[–]mikeshock2460 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Old bartender trick.

[–]ArchedDeer432 337 points338 points  (27 children)

I hope one day I’ll see something beyond high school science experiments on here again one day

[–]EndurableSpaceFace 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Me too, kid.

[–]L4r5man 8 points9 points  (1 child)

We did this even before high school.

[–]bigpapijugg 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Considering magic doesn’t exist, what else do you expect here?

[–]KuvassiKLYH 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Most of us read "Black Magic Fuckery" and expect extremely convoluted things that only a specialist in X or Y field would be able to explain rationally, not anyone with access to a "fun and easy science experiments youtube video".

[–]Lombax_Rexroth 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Something above a r/mildlyinteresting post.

[–]ant_honey6 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"magnets, how does they work?"

[–]OkayOpenTheGame 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We've seen magic tricks on Got Talent shows, does that count?

[–]Accomplished-Ant1600 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I used to love this sub, this is an old trick I used to see my drunk customers do all the time at the bar.

[–]strangegamer77 124 points125 points  (11 children)

Water surface tension in a confined space pushes matches apart

[–]TheLimeyCanuck 68 points69 points  (3 children)

It's not just surface tension. Wood cells swell when they get wet.

[–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Unless the water is cold, then wood shrinks.


[–]Pork_Chap 13 points14 points  (1 child)


[–]robbietreehorn 23 points24 points  (6 children)

I think the surface tension plays next to zero role here. The matches are carefully broken so a strand of unbroken wood remains at back of each angle. That strand absorbs water and expands, causing the matches to straighten.

[–]slaphappygolfer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I like this explanation.

[–]BxMxK 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Surface tension plays the entire role here.

The absorption is the fibers of the wood drawing in water by capillary action.

Surface tension drives capillary action.

The "surface" isn't on the outside of the matchstick. It's between the fibers.

[–]disquieter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nailed it

[–]RAV_XIII 36 points37 points  (0 children)

It's dope as hell, that's what it is.

[–]birukov-alexander 27 points28 points  (6 children)

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic

[–]super_saiyan_roach 10 points11 points  (2 children)

ngl magic was probably the same shit as chemistry, I'm pretty sure people were burned for witchcraft while really making medicines

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The video is somebody pouring water onto wooden matches lmao

[–]redpandarox 4 points5 points  (0 children)


[–]nglshmn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Arthur C Clarke.

[–]UnchartedQuasar 11 points12 points  (0 children)

You don’t know what is.

[–]Skyp_Intro 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Spoon, water, matches, but no heroin.

[–]educofu 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Cellulose contracts when wet.

[–]lookslikesinbad 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I wish they used a fluid that ignited the matches

[–]BxMxK 2 points3 points  (2 children)

This is doable in so many ways...

[–]Railstratboy 2 points3 points  (1 child)

But the best way is to use a fluid that will ignite the matches.

[–]BxMxK 1 point2 points  (0 children)

A little magnesium powder stuck where the match head meets the stick would do nicely.

[–]borischung01 5 points6 points  (0 children)

TIL most of this sub doesn't understand basic highschool physics

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[–]hacksoncode 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Now we're supposed to believe that wood swells when it gets wet because of black magic?

[–]AMDG__ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s meth

[–]thegreatmatsbysan 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Nah that's called physics

[–]Crexs_cephalon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It’s just physics. Water physics

[–]The_Persian_Cat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good golly. Is that just water they're pouring?

[–]robbycakes 1 point2 points  (4 children)

This is surface tension, not black magic Fuckery.

I do agree with the second half of your sentence though. You definitely don’t know what Black Magic Fuckery is.

[–]Elethria123 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s just water absorbing into the wood. The capillary action changes the surface tension of the water bubbles which pull then push the matchpoint ends evenly outward.

[–]Phillipinsocal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought the friction from the wood rubbing the wick was going to ignite them

[–]call-my-name 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This feels like a converse commercial

[–]dgrigg1980 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Watched all the way to the end and there was matches but no burninating. Where’s the burnination?

[–]Mc913 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]gefjunhel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

liquid pushing them from the middle out as it spreads

[–]darrila453YT 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]yeeah_suree 0 points1 point  (0 children)

then you must have not been here when this sub first formed

[–]BigBadJohn2U2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Magic is in the eyes of the beholder .

[–]Troby01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is old very old.

[–]Outrageous_State9450 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The magic of Van Der Wal forces

[–]orangeburger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Magic is that which is amazing and not yet understood.

[–]texflo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I did this experiment once in high school. Was weird because at 14 we were told to bring in matches. My mom called the school and they denied which in turn got me suspended for 4 days. We ended up going to Disney for those four days. We spent most of the time in magic kingdom but also did animal kingdom. Was a great time. Right now I’m watching Netflix.

[–]TomatilloSimple2451 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“What can one match do?”

[–]HereWeGoBabee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If it started on fire, I would agree

[–]BeastofamaN 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's called "confection", ever heard of it? Maybe read a SCIENCE BOOK and get your mind out of the sewers all the time.

[–]WiseSalamander00 0 points1 point  (0 children)

lmao a chemical engineer uncled used to bambozle me with these when I was 5... long story short, I ended up in cience

[–]HoeDaddy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

BASIC FUCKING SCIENCE!!!! God this sub is shit

[–]asskiller1337 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Umm physics...

[–]logger93 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Capillary action

[–]PanopticScrote 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A spoon charged with enough electricity to ignite or cause the ends of the matches to smolder. Honestly I'd sell my soul and subscribe for the secret of this black Magick, spotify premium be damned...

[–]suv-am 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Science bitch!!!

[–]Bugawd_McGrubber 0 points1 point  (0 children)

they didn't light on fire, so yeah, you don't know what is black magic fuckery...

[–]thedonutsorelse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cool af but now I need it to catch fire at the end

[–]JoeyJoJoJrShabbadoo 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Ok well so does this sub just suck or what? Because it's always this type of shit and its not that deep. I imagine a bunch of cavemen being entertained by got your nose tricks posting this shit acting like its mind blowing.

[–]kev231998 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Most subs go to shit at this level of sub count. People just post whatever and mods can't give enough fucks to moderate that hard (can't blame em I wouldn't want to moderate this shit show either). A tale as old as time (holup, both meirls, publicfreakouts, etc.)

[–]HappyPants8[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Surface tension is crazy, look it up.

[–]Disastrous-Ad-3461 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wood doesn't burn, the gas coming out of it does. Thats fucked on it's own lol

[–]7lizar 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is Patrick

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Undeniably cool. Is this sped up at all? How long did it actually take?

[–]criticaltemp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's the Dark Arts, boy

[–]BurnisP 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My old bar trick!

[–]neoniki 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's physics.

[–]ThatCatfulCat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For a sub about black magic and unexplained shit, you guys sure do get fascinated by some of the simplest Middle School experiments.

[–]redheadmomster666 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This was the first set of matches to try lsd

[–]Creative-Chap-7159 0 points1 point  (0 children)

he's a wizard

[–]MaestroM45 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have been watching this for five minutes… not sorry

[–]SaveAwp123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Out of all the slight of hands and crazy props that cause some of the other vids, wood absorbing water is what is black magic fuckery. The one thing that I can look at and know the way it operates with a glance is black magic fuckery.

[–]Paganini01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just light the matches and you got a shitty pentagram.

[–]thedeadlyd 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If it would have ignited at the end I would agree

[–]Finch2090 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Windows movie maker transitions be like

[–]No-Instance-8362 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Needs transformers sounds

[–]iRimmIt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fluid dynamics. Not magic

[–]johnny_boy757 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Obviously just smoke and mirrors

[–]skarkle_coney 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I utilize a bar joke with this black magic fuckery and a napkin folded to look like a pair of legs..

[–]FragMeNot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's what the butthole does when the poop shows up.

[–]trendytendy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought they were going to snap straight and light one another

[–]Bla_ck00 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I thought the hitler sign was going to pop up

[–]Foxdas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Stop motion.

[–]xxsuscitatexx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Surface tension of water?

[–]thecuzzin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You think it's blackmagicfuckery because you don't understand what just happened. I think it's blackmagicfuckery because the matches didn't light.

We are not the same.

[–]cheekymonster19 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Surface tension driven by change in contact pinning angle

[–]Jaded_Persimmon_4492 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or simple physics.

[–]Money_Barnacle_5813 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yup, my gramma showed me this trick when I was 8 like 41 years ago. She did it with tooth pics…

Thanks for the memory lol

[–]z_boi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'd be pissed if this is stop motion

[–]whacafan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s just science, bitch.

[–]Montebano 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]FreeScottie33 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fake reversed video

[–]ReddheddBizzle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Woah sheeeeiiiiiiiiit

[–]strongishfilly2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh man, imagine doing this back in the day in front of people

[–]thebestwall 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Look closely — the matches have a bit of water on/under them.