According to NIST, your Christmas tree will soon kill you

First spotted on Boing Boing, this cheery holiday film is brought to us, for some reason, by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the government agency that's based in part in Boulder. (Hopefully this video involved the incineration of one of those crappy student bungalows on the Hill.) The message is pretty clear: Any second now, your innocent-looking Christmas tree will spontaneously ignite and melt your face off. Apparently, there's not much you can do to avoid said catastrophe, since if your tree is combustible enough to randomly burst into flames, it will surely blow up if you try to, say, pick it up and toss it out the door. Oh, well. Happy Holidays from the federal government! - Joel Warner

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >