posted on Aug, 13 2007 @ 07:19 AM
Originally posted by paul76
Lol O.k well and truly busted...Well done Chorlton i commend you on your good work.
My whole point in this thread was that as I had spent an awfull lot of time in the Far East, they let these things off all the time, birthdays,
weddings engagements anything!, and Ive seen them do some weird erratic things.
Go up, down, sideways and shoot off in weird directions.
I found out that the reason some shot off at tangents was that many of them are home made, some with ricepaper. If ricepaper gets wet is can get soggy
and when the lamp is lit a hole will appear, making the hotter air shoot through it acting like a mini jet.
Also some have lamp supports that are not central, you light the candle or flame, and up goes the lantern, it start burning a hole through and like
the others this acts as a little jet and makes it zoom off before it finally bursts into flame.
Its also possible for these lanterns to have small holes in them so when they go up they go off in a different direction then when a smll draft hits
them, that along with the small jet of heat comeing through the hole will make them zap away.
Its a weird world