The invention of the candle.

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A candle is a solid, usually cylindrical mass of tallow, wax or other fatty substance with an axially embedded wick that is burned to provide light[1].


Candles were first invented[2] in China in the 3rd century BCE and they were made out of whale fat. Here is a photograph[3] of candles (from circa 1860) made from the fat of sperm whales:

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