Oxygen is needed for you to stay living but if you inhale too much you can die… it’s not a fun way to go either. Let’s say you’re surrounded by air that contains 80% Oxygen, sounds okay, right? NOPE, your respiratory system will start getting irritated. With 12 hours of constant irritation and fluid build-up in your lungs, your end is near. Congratulations, now you can say you died by the very thing that was keeping you alive… but you can’t say that because you’ll be dead. This just proves that “too much of anything is bad”. Oxygen isn’t flammable but encourages the combustion of other flammable objects. Just think about it for a second… humans discovered fire a LOONNNNGG time ago, during the caveman era; surely by now the earth would have exploded with the amount of Oxygen in the atmosphere. Matches burn because Oxygen is the fuel to the fire. Surprisingly, we haven’t known about Oxygen for that long at all; we only discovered it in 1772 by a scientist who solved the age-old question - How do things burn?
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