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annabel lee

d'oh! But hey, a little bit of sulfur is probably good for you. Y'know, if you're suffering a sulfuric acid deficiency or something. (And not letting little pieces of chocolate escape is an excellent thing, btw.)


I'm not laughing at you I swear. No really! I'm laughing with you ;)

Besides the sulfur episode, I hope you're well.

Jessica Leigh

LMAO, lady! Sometimes pregnant women actually eat matchstick heads on purpose because they need the sulphur, which is weird, but not poisonous.
And I agree with Annabel Lee: In the name of not wasting chocolate, you did the right thing.


At the risk of letting a bit of chocolate escape, I think you did the right thing in the end. I would have done the same...


Yes, indeed E, safety matches Are non toxic, but it took about a century to get them that way.

'In 1910, the Diamond Match Company patented the first nonpoisonous match in the U.S., which used a safe chemical called sesquisulfide of phophorous.

United States President William H. Taft publicly asked Diamond Match to release their patent for the good of mankind. They did on January 28, 1911, Congress placed a high tax on matches made with white phosphorous.'[]

And this from the Diamond match Co:

'Chemical Pastes Makes Match Safe
There are more than twenty chemicals used to make a match. These chemicals fall into four classes that comprise the match head: Binder, Fuel, Oxidizing Agent and Dilutants.

* Binder - glue made from recycled materials binds the match head together and holds it to the stick.
* Fuel - the main fuel is sulfur, although other ingredients do burn.
* Oxidizer - potassium chlorate provides oxygen to make the match burn strongly under many conditions.
* Dilutants - these modify the burning rate so that the oxidizer and fuel do not react too violently. They also give the head added bulk. We use items like starch and finely ground sand.'

Never fret you can also eat silly putty, most American crayons& pencils with little ill effects now. Yeah, we also need to convince you to patronize some real chocolate too. Cheers, 'VJ'


So does this mean we'll be seeing chocolate covered matchsticks in the stores soon?


VJ, that was a good description of the match ingredients. But since Esther put combustion residue in her mouth, we will presume that it was even less toxic.

There, Esther, feel better? ;)


Yes, not a bad point to consider Ron. But again here the combustion products were also designed to be non toxic, which is not always the case in many chemical reactions. Cheers, 'VJ'

Dude, point or no, I love how you took one of those "Doh!" moments that make up part of all of our lives and massaged it into a funny metaphore for dating. Nice. And who are you callin' an idiot! Nobody's allowed to talk about E that way, not even you, not even (ab)using Shakespeare. :)

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