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So we took Grant Hart's advice and turned on the news last night to images of torched vehicles in France. We remember reading that Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon once tried to set a car alight during the Notting Hill riots not long before the first Clash album was released. It didn't take. Thankfully, Slate's Daniel Engber's primer on how to turn a car into a ball of leaping, crackling flame ensures that during your next episode of civil unrest, you won't be left in the lurch trying to figure out how to kindle a quasi-eternal flame with crazy hoons and angry police running wantonly all up in your steez. [Thanks to CTE for the tip.]

So, You Wanna Torch a Peugeot? [Slate]

Trial for Fire: Car Salesman Busted in Arson Scam [Internal]