Why can you not strike a light with a wet match?

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Why can you not strike a light with a wet match?
« on: 23/11/2008 20:56:09 »
Sounds a silly question, but, why don't wet matches strike a light?

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Why can you not strike a light with a wet match?
« Reply #1 on: 23/11/2008 21:58:29 »
Sounds a silly question, but, why don't wet matches strike a light?
Because of Murphy's law: when you really need something, it doesn't work.  [;)]
The reason is friction: to light it, temperature must reach a minimum value and it doesn't reach high temperatures if it's wet, the max temp it can reach is 100C (water boiling point).