Orange Is The New Black (OITNB) is a prison drama exclusive to Netflix. While recently watching the new second season, I noticed that the girls were using chewing gum wrappers (which they had torn) and AA batteries as a cigarette light for their smuggled cigarettes while inside the prison. I thought it was a pretty clever idea and wondered if there was a possibility that it would really work.
As with all gumpf placed in television shows today, there was a high possibility that it wouldn’t work even though it sounded completely plausible. It is an extremely inexpensive cigarette lighter experiment, and so decided to try it.
I tried a few variations and found that as long as the centre of the strip is thin enough to heat up with a battery and ultimately fuse to light the paper, it will work. I have created a video below to illustrate how it is made. Now before you jump on me and say that they don’t have scissors in prison. I did make a few by tearing it. Yes it is a lot more difficult but it does still work.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I would be interested to know if you found this interesting or not.