Alcohol and Invisibility

Alcohol doesn’t make you invisible

I simply couldn’t believe it when I was little and my grandfather told me that the air was full of bacteria, spores and other microorganisms. If they were there, why could I not even see them when I strained my eyes? Were they so small or transparent or both? Invisibility has fascinated humankind since time immemorial and many fairytales and the popular TV series “The Invisible Man” corroborate that. While humans may never reach the goal of true invisibility through transparency, some body tissues and in fact some whole animals have achieved just that. —>

jellyfish lighter cigarette fire

Jellyfish Lights Cigarette

Using jellyfish as a lighter

I haven’t smoked for decades and have no intention to ever smoke again, but as a young student I was silly enough to think it was “cool” to work with a cigarette between one’s teeth.

And that’s what happened in South African waters on that memorable day of May 9th, 1967, when I used a jellyfish to light my cigarette. I am confident that in the whole world I am the only person who has ever used a jellyfish to make fire (and it had nothing at all to do with the fact that jellyfish can give you a nasty ‘burn’ when their tentacles brush against you). Continue reading