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What If You Lit a Match on Jupiter?



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Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System. It’s 300 times more massive than Earth. But it’s less dense than our home. Uh-oh. Looks like somebody left the gas running on Jupiter. Don’t do anything stupid, like lighting a humongous match. What would a match need to be made of to ignite the gas giant? How big would it have to be? And how much damage would this explosion do to our Solar System? Would phosphorous be enough to cause an explosion on Jupiter?

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What If You Ate a Brick of Dry Ice?

What If You Ate a Brick of Dry Ice?

Dry ice is one of the coldest substances on Earth. This is what it does to a flower. And check out what it does to this action figure. Now, what would happen if you swallowed dry ice? What would it do to your skin? How much could you eat before it hurts you? And how would it affect your stomach?

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