Why, you might ask, would anyone want to do this demonstration? Well, on the show there was one other factor I haven't mentioned yet. The poor guy at the end was secretly given a special mixture of pure hydrogen and oxygen gases, which exploded with a bang when the fire reached him. The shock that resulted was perfect for the weird world of Japanese TV, where practical jokes go way beyond what the lawyers would allow here. It was pretty funny to see the look on all their faces when they realized they'd just been had by a crazy American.