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It's nearly ten YEARS since we last asked a question about fires.

Channel your inner neanderthal and tell us about fires, mostly to shut up that smug fucker that's made an oh-so-clever "wheel".

(, Tue 20 Jan 2015, 21:49)
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Great Balls Of Fire!
Back in year 9 I studied Electronics as one of my 4 "options" at school. We had this great teacher that would make us etch our circuit boards from scratch, using plastic B&W templates, light sensitive chemicals, and acid etc etc. The final step was to lacquer the circuit board and leave them to dry for 2-3 days until the next lesson.

About 2 weeks prior, this amazing, eccentric teacher of mine showed us how normal steel could catch fire. He place a couple of fibers of steel wool across 2 car battery terminals and WOOF! Up she went.

So I'm at class and everyone is gathered around teach as he explains something. Being my usual easily bored self I wander off unseen, where I spy a HUMONGOUS ball of steel wool next to a car battery. You know what happens next....

This huge ball of steel wool, about 30cm in diameter, instantly becomes an inferno in my hands. In a panic I randomly toss it across the room and it lands SMACK BANG in a pile of 30 freshly lacquered circuit boards from the previous class, laying out to dry.

Amazingly.... AMAZINGLY.... this whole 3-ring circus act went undetected by teach and my fellow students [the burning steel didn't smell like, say, paper would smell, and it burned very quickly]. I'm guessing I ruined at least ΒΌ of the circuit boards, but I wasn't exactly going to be making enquiries over the next few days so don't quote me. One of the best get-out-of-jail-free moments of my life.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2015, 6:31, 17 replies)
As this is a story from your school days, I feel fully justified in issuing "chinny reckon" as a response.

(, Thu 29 Jan 2015, 9:30, closed)
Can You Help Me Out With Your "Chinny" Reference?
I'm new here.... and I'm not British. Hey, wot.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2015, 13:07, closed)
If you disbelieve someone in the playground,
You can sarcastically agree whilst saying "Yeah, I reckon!" and scratching your chin theatrically. "Chinny Reckon!" is a variation on this theme.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2015, 13:14, closed)

(, Thu 29 Jan 2015, 13:15, closed)
used 'Green Beard' for that.
(, Sat 31 Jan 2015, 0:31, closed)
'Chinny beard on' in my corner of the country.

(, Sun 1 Feb 2015, 16:04, closed)
Or I Could Have Googled "Chinny Reckon".....
So you don't believe me? Fair enough. I still don't know how anyone didn't see anything.

I totally rule.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2015, 13:14, closed)
Once I'd gotten to secondary school, "chinny reckon" had been replaced with the slightly more succinct "beard!", and the chin-stroking action was lost.
We then found some pricks in the year below us had turned that into "barbe" which, if anything, sounded even more stupid.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2015, 15:30, closed)
Jimmy Hill!
Chinny Reckon derives from the footballer Jimmy Hill, who was disbelieved for reasons I never knew and had an abnormally large chin: www.childofthe1980s.com/2008/01/18/chinny-reckon/

Just in case you wondered.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2015, 17:46, closed)
I always thought it came from stroking your imaginary beard, that had grown out whilst the object of your mockery told their unbelievable tale,
and Jimmy Hill got associated as you'd coincidentally be miming the shape of his chin.
(, Thu 29 Jan 2015, 20:11, closed)
always thought it
was a bastardization of 'BY NEPTUNES GREEN BEARD!' which I guess you would exclaim if you were an offended gentleman in one of those leather seated book club thingies.
(, Sat 31 Jan 2015, 0:33, closed)
Did you go to school in Atlantis.

(, Sat 31 Jan 2015, 9:48, closed)
You Chin-Stroking Fuckers

(, Fri 30 Jan 2015, 6:59, closed)
It was all the rage back in the day.

(, Fri 30 Jan 2015, 9:53, closed)
Careful. My friend went to karate classes, and learned how to do a death punch.
He's not allowed to show us, though.
(, Fri 30 Jan 2015, 10:11, closed)
Chinny Reckon
I think I've sussed it out now....
(, Fri 30 Jan 2015, 12:45, closed)
You are now as smart as an 8 year old.
(, Sat 31 Jan 2015, 9:49, closed)

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