Reasons to always carry a matchbox with only a match...

Do you remember the 1997 cult movie "The Fifth Element", staring Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis, scene (spoiler alert!) in which they are in the Egyptian temple and they need to open the fire stone? Well, Bruce Willis wouldn't have saved the world(once time) if he hadn't had a matchbox with only one match in his pocket. This may not have been much to you, but when I saw this movie(I was probably 8 or 9 years old by that time) it impressed me so much that from that day forward I have always carried a  matchbox with only one match in my pocket.  

This may seam a stupid obsessive-compulsive childish behavior, but as I grew older and found out what stupid it was, I came to think which reasons were good enough to carry such useless thing in my pocket. A match may not be very useful in any real-life situation, but it can save your life in very special situations, for example:  

  • If you are travelling on a plane and it has to make a crash landing on a desert island(assuming you survived the security guards of the airport when they find the match, or  the crash), it would be of great help to start a fire.
  • In the case of a Zombie-apocalypse, it would be a great way of killing a gasoline-soaked zombie, or to make a beautiful firework show by throwing it into a zombie infested gas station and run like hell before it exploits or a zombie catches you.
  • To impress a women by swallowing fire recklessly burning your mouth in the process.
  • In the unlikely event of going back in time to the prehistoric ,ancient or medieval period, it would help you to gain control of a population by making them believe that you are a powerful sorcerer(or a god given the case).
  • To light the very last cigarette or your very last secret agent... I mean "constructionist" mission.
  • To eat in the case of starving during a world-wide famine.
  • To kill a man in a cool Riddick-style way while being a prisoner of  the universe's most secure and "inescapable" prison.
and my favorite reason so far, to save the universe's life from a pure evil entity by opening a stone that would turn Milla Jovovich into the universe's most powerful weapon and sacred weapon. 
For anything else a match is of no much use, any quiet  wind or a high humidity level would extinguish it before you can do anything useful with it, but it's curious to think about the many uses a match can have, on how such a small almost ignored thing could make a difference given the right situation.  

 If you think of any other reason to always carry a matchbox with only one match in your pocket let me know by commenting. 
 
I hoped you've enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. 
 
So long, and thank you for the fish.
 
16 Comments
16 Comments
Posted by JoanMartorell

Do you remember the 1997 cult movie "The Fifth Element", staring Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis, scene (spoiler alert!) in which they are in the Egyptian temple and they need to open the fire stone? Well, Bruce Willis wouldn't have saved the world(once time) if he hadn't had a matchbox with only one match in his pocket. This may not have been much to you, but when I saw this movie(I was probably 8 or 9 years old by that time) it impressed me so much that from that day forward I have always carried a  matchbox with only one match in my pocket.  

This may seam a stupid obsessive-compulsive childish behavior, but as I grew older and found out what stupid it was, I came to think which reasons were good enough to carry such useless thing in my pocket. A match may not be very useful in any real-life situation, but it can save your life in very special situations, for example:  

  • If you are travelling on a plane and it has to make a crash landing on a desert island(assuming you survived the security guards of the airport when they find the match, or  the crash), it would be of great help to start a fire.
  • In the case of a Zombie-apocalypse, it would be a great way of killing a gasoline-soaked zombie, or to make a beautiful firework show by throwing it into a zombie infested gas station and run like hell before it exploits or a zombie catches you.
  • To impress a women by swallowing fire recklessly burning your mouth in the process.
  • In the unlikely event of going back in time to the prehistoric ,ancient or medieval period, it would help you to gain control of a population by making them believe that you are a powerful sorcerer(or a god given the case).
  • To light the very last cigarette or your very last secret agent... I mean "constructionist" mission.
  • To eat in the case of starving during a world-wide famine.
  • To kill a man in a cool Riddick-style way while being a prisoner of  the universe's most secure and "inescapable" prison.
and my favorite reason so far, to save the universe's life from a pure evil entity by opening a stone that would turn Milla Jovovich into the universe's most powerful weapon and sacred weapon. 
For anything else a match is of no much use, any quiet  wind or a high humidity level would extinguish it before you can do anything useful with it, but it's curious to think about the many uses a match can have, on how such a small almost ignored thing could make a difference given the right situation.  

 If you think of any other reason to always carry a matchbox with only one match in your pocket let me know by commenting. 
 
I hoped you've enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. 
 
So long, and thank you for the fish.
 
Edited by luce

Ritual wickerman burning and you forgot the fire 
 
( this is a good idea for a blog btw i just don't have much to add :\ )

Posted by hondorondo
Posted by fwylo

I chuckled.  But why not carry a whole box of matches instead of just one.

Posted by FateOfNever
@fwylo said:
" I chuckled.  But why not carry a whole box of matches instead of just one. "
I was wondering the same thing. 
 
Also - lighting a zombie on fire might just mean that you now have a FLAMING zombie trying to kill you.
Posted by JoanMartorell

 The one-match matchbox is a refence to the "Fifth element" movie, also a flaming zombie dies in a minute or so, so it's not much big deal    

Posted by Symphony
@hondorondo said:
" I think it wasnt very funny... but good try I guess? 
 
"
So you tried to be funnier by including a spoiler that had nothing in it... ? You truly are the pinnacle of humor and wit. I can see why this post was beneath you and you felt the need to let others know you didn't enjoy it.
 
Anyways, this was a cute blog especially for post 0, though like fwylo I can't help but wonder -- why only one match? Will more than one match have a higher risk of spontaneously combusting and setting you on fire?
Posted by FateOfNever
@JoanMartorell said:
"  The one-match matchbox is a refence to the "Fifth element" movie, also a flaming zombie dies in a minute or so, so it's not much big deal     "
No, yeah, I get what it's a reference too, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea to carry around only one.  I was always under the impression that there was only one left in there because he had used all the others.  That's different than just carrying around a single match on purpose.  Besides, what would have happened if the match had gone out before they could have lit the fire elemental statue?  The world would have been destroyed.  You don't want to take that chance, trust me.
Posted by Daveyo520
@Symphony: It makes it more dramatic when that one match is your last hope. These all seem to be scenarios which only happen in movies anyway, so why not?
Posted by Symphony
@Daveyo520 said:
" @Symphony: It makes it more dramatic when that one match is your last hope. These all seem to be scenarios which only happen in movies anyway, so why not? "
Fair enough, but just think of how ahead of the curve you would be if you whipped out a match in your moment of desperation, it went out but then you could go "Don't worry! I have another one!"
Posted by Daveyo520
@Symphony: lol, if it was a comedy that would be a good one :P Or a funny scene to lighten the mood. I like it.
Edited by HS21
@Symphony said:

" @Daveyo520 said:

" @Symphony: It makes it more dramatic when that one match is your last hope. These all seem to be scenarios which only happen in movies anyway, so why not? "
Fair enough, but just think of how ahead of the curve you would be if you whipped out a match in your moment of desperation, it went out but then you could go "Don't worry! I have another one!" "
Meeting someone with a box full of matches raises too many questions. 
 
 Why doesn't he just have one match? Why does he need so many? What kinds of things is this guy lighting on fire? What kind of a lifestyle is this person leading that he carries around a box of matches with him. Is he a smoker? If so, why doesn't he have any cigarettes on him? Is he trying to quit and just smoked his last one? Why is he trying to quit in the first place? Is it for health reasons or is someone pushing him to quit? Is it his girlfriend telling him to quit? Does he have a girlfriend? Is he single? Is the relationship really worth quitting the sweet, sweet ecstasy of smoking? How can he afford so many matches? What kind of a job does he have? Does he work in the public or private sector? Is he happy with his job? Is he pulling in 6 figures? Seven?  Why doesn't he just use a lighter? 
Posted by SuperSambo

Wth did I just read...

Posted by Daveyo520
@HS21: have I ever told you you are insane HS21?
Posted by HS21
@Daveyo520 said:
" @HS21: have I ever told you you are insane HS21? "
Did I ever tell you that you're my hero? And everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eag...I'm sorry, this is straight up plagiarizing. That's a Bette Midler song, I apologize. I prefer, "delightful in very small and infrequent doses" as opposed to insane. 
Posted by plainplease

I, admittedly, only came here and left a comment because I am a huge fan of The Fifth Element, but I ended up kind of liking your blog.