The old saw about fighting fire with fire is a perple little cliché. Everyone's always talking , but outside of , it really doesn't seem like it should work. As part of its amusing little Unimpossible Missions series, GE's got a new take on how to do it, though it does involve a little bit of a cheat.
Instead of fighting flames with flames, the team GE wrangled up for this stunt decided to fight actual flames with the the sound of those flames. One bold stuntman standing at the center of a ring of modified, precisely-placed speakers was set ablaze, and then the recorded sound of the fire played back through those speakers were able to put him out.
For a little bit more context, Mythbuster Adam Savage also met up with the engineers to discuss the logistics of the challenge. A normal speaker is enough to put out a candle, but for the task of putting out a stuntman, the engineers found they had to actually alter the speakers into vortex generators, like those "" you can use to blow papers off a desk from across the office:
It's a fun little experiment, right inline with GE's attempts to and . Lets just hope they don't set their minds to boiling the ocean or something.