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How Do Dragons Spit Fire?  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3836 posts, RR: 51
Posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3443 times:

I've been wondering about this since I was a child:

How do dragons spit fire? Do they run on gasoline, and if they do, where and how do they fill up? Do they eat regular food too, or is their entire system on gasoline? How do they ignite the flame in the first place? Is there a little pilot flame that's on all the time? Even at night? What if it goes out? How do they re-light it? Do they have to wait for a lightning?

Many questions.

Soren  santahat 


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User currently offlineMDorBust From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3443 times:

They eat my chili  Wink

User currently offlineA319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

It's like a reverse fart - instead of the methane coming out of their backsides, it comes out of their mouths. They then have some igniting device to light the methane.... Big grin

User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

Ever had that burning feeling in your stomach after eating jalapeño pepper (or worse yet, habanero!)? Methinks a dragon's diet consists mainly of said peppers, thus making it able to spit fire.  Silly


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User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3435 times:

Quoting A319XFW (Reply 2):
It's like a reverse fart - instead of the methane coming out of their backsides, it comes out of their mouths. They then have some igniting device to light the methane....

like Bender when he burps?


User currently offlineA319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3423 times:

Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 4):
like Bender when he burps?

Perhaps Bender is a dragon robot...


User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2312 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3399 times:

Quoting Birdwatching (Thread starter):
How do dragons spit fire? Do they run on gasoline

I can't believe you're asking this in all seriousness. Have you seen a fire-breathing dragon recently? No, I'm sure you haven't. Cos the cost of gasoline has gone up so much they can't afford to fill up.

I believe that there is a conversion kit for changing them over to bio-diesel, available in every country except the US.  duck 

BF



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User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3399 times:

Quoting A319XFW (Reply 5):
Perhaps Bender is a dragon robot...

bite my shiny metal dragon ass......nah, not got the same ring to it!


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3399 times:

Quoting A319XFW (Reply 2):
They then have some igniting device to light the methane....

I swore it was JetA.... LOL  biggrin 



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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8764 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3359 times:

You should ask Mr. Terry Pratchett, or better yet, read "Guards! Guards!" You will learn dragons, at least those of the Draco Vulgaris (swamp dragon) kind can readjust their internal plumbing in ways that allow them to convert almost every (in-)edible thing into fire. What may seem like an advantage to you usually ends up being a disadvantage to the dragon since they've never really mastered the art of chemistry, AS A CERTAIN INDIVIDUAL WHO ALWAYS SPEAKS IN CAPITALS WOULD AGREE.  Wink


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User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3340 times:

I think they must join NeilYYZ in his late night 6 hot dog with peppers and stuff snack late at night...
See post Middle Of The Night: Food? (by EWS Apr 17 2006 in Non Aviation)



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User currently onlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3293 times:

One of the neat ideas of re-engineering mythology was that they're producing different chemicals in separate glands which will spontaneously ignite when mixed.

There is actually a biological precedent for this approach in existence, the Bombardier beetle.

Not that I would involve myself in a dispute with the one who's speaking in ALL-CAPS, of course...!


User currently offlineAnt72LBA From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3262 times:

Think there is an "explanation" in the film "Reign of Fire" - similar to what Klaus suggests IIRC. You'll have to watch it if you want to find out but be warned it's not a particularly good movie.

User currently offlineNordair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3244 times:

It's triggered when they discover that the majority of men are lying and cheating bastards.

User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8764 posts, RR: 42
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3239 times:

Quoting Nordair (Reply 13):
It's triggered when they discover that the majority of men are lying and cheating bastards.

AAAHH! IT BURNS! IT BURNS!!



[Edited 2006-04-21 01:14:03]


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