Can what's in a baby's diaper help stop fires?greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
The subject line was the teaser in a local TV news story. Even though I quickly figured out exactly what the guy was saying, the double entendre made my wife and me LOL.
Anyway, this is legit--a firefighter noticed that the only thing that survived unscathed in a devastating house fire was a diaper. So he's developed a product incorporating stuff used in baby diapers to help with firefighting and fire prevention. Since we're going to have a lot of first-time users of oil lamps, kerosene heaters, and the like (me included), something like this might just be a handy thing to have.
-- Don (email@example.com), April 28, 1999
See also post by spun@lright in following thread re passive solar:
-- Old Git (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 28, 1999.
Reckon the diaper was just wet?
-- Tom Carey (email@example.com), April 28, 1999.
Hmmm. The stuff in a baby's diaper turns to gel when it's wet, so to speak ;-) It retains the water.
I have seen a product like that to mix in with potted plants to reduce time between waterings. I wonder if it's the same thing.
-- Deborah (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 28, 1999.