But not tonight. Tonight, we play.
It seems that Popular Science's resident mad scientist, Theodore Gray, has built what essentially is a blowtorch, where the oxidizer is pure O2 gas, and the fuel is--what else?--bacon.
Well, actually--prosciutto. Turns out that plain old American bacon doesn't have the structural integrity, so he had to go with something he considered more "industrial grade". But he then proceeded to turn it into what he refers to as a "bacon lance", which is a bacon-fueled variant of the more mundane (but still awesome as heck) "thermal lances" that are used to cut metal.
Hmm... that means that, at least in theory, bacon is capable of rescuing people from collapsed buildings. Nice.
Of course, as awesome as this is, I still think it's a poor use of perfectly good prosciutto, although I bet his lab smelled absolutely heavenly after he used his bacon lance to cut through that metal pan in the video.
I also love this little note at the end of the piece:
Achtung! Theodore Gray is trained in lab safety. Don't try this at home...Yeah, and you might run out of bacon.