Riddle #4 – Growing Shorter

I get shorter

as I get older.

What am I?


And while you’re here, check out these 10 facts about Candles…

Ancient Origins: Candles have been used for thousands of years, with evidence suggesting ancient Egyptians used rushlights or torches made by soaking the pithy core of reeds in melted animal fat. However, the ancient Romans are credited with developing the wick candle.

Materials: Traditional candles were made from tallow (animal fat), which was abundant but produced a smoky flame and unpleasant odor. Today’s candles are primarily made from paraffin wax, beeswax, soy wax, palm wax, or combinations thereof.

Beeswax Candles: Candles made of beeswax are prized because they burn cleaner and longer than those made from paraffin. They also emit a natural honey scent.

Religious Significance: Candles play a significant role in many religious ceremonies and traditions around the world. They are used in Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and many other religions as symbols of light, life, and spiritual illumination.

Candle Clocks: Before modern timekeeping devices, some cultures used candle clocks, which were candles marked with intervals of time. As the candle burned down and reached each interval, a set amount of time had passed.

Candle Making: The craft of candle making, or chandlery, became a popular guild profession in medieval Europe. Chandlers would go door-to-door selling their candles or produce them in small workshops.

Safety: It’s estimated that candles cause thousands of house fires each year. It’s essential to never leave a burning candle unattended and to keep them away from flammable objects.

Scented Candles: Modern scented candles can contain essential oils or synthetic fragrances. They became particularly popular in the 20th century and are used for aromatherapy, relaxation, or simply to mask household odors.

Longest Burning Candle: The world record for the longest burning candle is a matter of some debate, but many handmade candles can burn for 15 hours or more, depending on their size and composition. Commercially made candles, on average, might burn for anywhere from 4 to 12 hours, depending on the size.

Color & Shapes: Candles today come in a vast array of colors, shapes, and sizes, from simple pillar candles to intricately carved and molded designs. Some artists even specialize in creating detailed candle sculptures.

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