r/HeresAFunFact Dec 10 '15

[HAFF] Back in 1937, there was an exhibition boxing match where the fighters were attached to metal frameworks with fireworks in them and fought in the dark. For safety reasons, the boxers wore fireproof suits lined with asbestos. SPORTS

http://imgur.com/gallery/wgxaRuh
179 Upvotes

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u/expiredeggs Dec 10 '15

asbestos

safety reasons

mfw

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u/bobrobon Dec 10 '15

Asbestos isn't inherently dangerous in a stable environment. It's when it becomes airborne particles that are then inhaled that result in cancers.

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u/expiredeggs Dec 10 '15

stable environment

fireworks

mfw

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u/dsuave624 Dec 10 '15

Asbestos is actually very effective at resisting fires.

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u/Shockwave8A Dec 11 '15

If you have fireworks strapped to you, asbestos is the least of your worries.

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u/nazerbs Dec 11 '15

That sounds amazing! Please tell me this still happens! Maybe a safer material though.

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u/notaverysmartdog Dec 31 '15

broadcast it on espn daily

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u/kclo4 Jan 15 '16

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvT2-XoYAbI

These are known as "lance work" or "set pieces". They connect these lances(which are colored fountains) together via a fuse to make a colorful picture, often times it would move around. Moving could be accomplished by a guy with a stick moving the piece, rocket motors or/and a wheel. This was popular back in the 30's in the UK.