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May 30, 2001 | Donna Deane
Sports fans can have their cakes and eat them too with these whimsical sport-themed, cake-topper candles from Gloria's Cake and Candy Supplies. There are baseball-shaped candles ($3.29), soccer ball and football candles. And for you couch-potato fans, there are candles shaped like televisions and beer cans. It's best to go to Gloria's before baking your cake because the store also sells molds, dyes, spangles and every sort of sugary gewgaw imaginable. Gloria's, 3755 Sawtelle Blvd.
April 5, 1985 | Associated Press
Ethel Simkins' 107th birthday party was such a hot time it brought the Fire Department to her nursing home after the candles on her cake set off the alarm. Peoria Fire Department officials said the alarm at the Buehler Home went off Thursday because of the heat generated by the 107 candles on Simkins' birthday cake. No one was evacuated from the home.
The popularity of candles as home decorations, aromatherapy and gifts has a downside: They can be dangerous. Home fires sparked by burning candles are on the rise. Forget romance and decoration for now. Think about safety, because candle makers are not required to warn consumers about the potential hazards of their products. "Think of it as a flame," and take necessary precautions, said Capt. Steve Valenzuela, spokesman for the County of Los Angeles Fire Department.
November 25, 1999 | Reuters
The Irish government said Wednesday that it plans to deliver a candle to every home in the country, to be lighted as the last rays of 1999 fade on New Year's Eve. "The idea is that shortly after 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve, everybody in the country will light their candles in what we see as a very simple, very symbolic, secular ceremony to mark the end of the millennium," Tom Rowley of the government-appointed National Millennium Committee said.
March 6, 2008 | Neille Ilel
The steak might be tender, the veggies perfectly fresh, your date a true charmer, but if the lighting is off, none of that really matters. Some perfectly illuminated spots. CANELE Orange light bounces off dark wood tables and blankets this entire Atwater Village restaurant in warmth. It's so comforting you'll find yourself ordering dessert, then coffee and an extra glass of wine just to linger a little longer. In this case, we recommend the peach cobbler. 3219 Glendale Blvd., L.A., (323)
December 4, 1995
Q: How do trick birthday candles that will not blow out work? A: According to scientists at San Francisco's Exploratorium, small particles of gunpowder are woven into the wick. When the candle is lit, you'll notice that the wick occasionally shoots off little sparks as it burns. When you blow the candle out, the wick continues to glow for a few seconds. The glowing wick is hot enough to ignite the gunpowder, which reignites the wick.
September 13, 2007 | Lisa Boone and Reuben Muñoz
ANYONE who scrambled for candles during the power outages last week found an early bounty in stores: autumnal tea lights, pillars and wax bowls poised to light the way into a new season. New candles this fall are noteworthy for more than their warm color palette. Shapes and finishes are more refined. New apple floaters from Illuminations and pumpkins from Pottery Barn are remarkably lifelike. Burn times are getting longer too.
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