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Today, I'm celebrating my birthday in Russia. While we were enjoying a sauna, one of the guests decided to add water in order to make steam. It wasn’t water, it was vodka. You can imagine the rest. FML

By lord24 - / Saturday 21 November 2015 00:16 / Russian Federation
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By  Kaalschneid  |  21

science class, kids! alcohol has to be over 140 proof (70 alcohol per volume) to be flammable. most vodka (even in Russia) is 60-120 proof. so, unless it was stronger than average vodka, it would not have caught fire. if it was over 140 proof, it wold have still taken an open flame to ignite it. most likely: vodka evaporated and turned into gas, and got everyone VERY drunk. your lungs absorb alcohol WAY quicker and more direct than your stomach, because you're stomach makes alcohol go through the liver before the bloodstream. the lungs are a direct line to the bloodstream. instant shitface. KaalSchneid the science alcoholic guy.

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  Kaalschneid  |  21

science class, kids! alcohol has to be over 140 proof (70 alcohol per volume) to be flammable. most vodka (even in Russia) is 60-120 proof. so, unless it was stronger than average vodka, it would not have caught fire. if it was over 140 proof, it wold have still taken an open flame to ignite it. most likely: vodka evaporated and turned into gas, and got everyone VERY drunk. your lungs absorb alcohol WAY quicker and more direct than your stomach, because you're stomach makes alcohol go through the liver before the bloodstream. the lungs are a direct line to the bloodstream. instant shitface. KaalSchneid the science alcoholic guy.

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  kjkoop  |  4

Alcohol only needs to be high-proofed to burn if you hold a match to it at room temperature. All alcohols (even wines at 10-13% by volume) will catch fire when 1) exposed to enough heat to cause a rapid evaporation and 2) any open source of flame. Source: Professional Chef with lots of experience lighting shit on fire.

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  mirwi  |  1

Actually no, that is not how sauna works. In order to get steam you throw water on hot stones above the oven/fire place every couple minutes. Adding alcohol for flavour is completely normal. I myself prefer to use beer because the whole sauna smells like freshly baked bread then.

By  sturschaedel  |  27

Actually it's not that uncommon to use scented Schnapps on the stones. Only, usually it's just a couple tablespoons full. You don't get drunk off that, it just intensifies the cleansing effect of the steam by opening up the pores.

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