"Necessity is the mother of invention"-- English Proverb
I witnessed this first hand this past weekend. My husband and I took a little camping trip (reason for lack of posts :-). During the night, it rained - enough to be quite a nuisance. It was especially a nuisance because we had planned on cooking over the campfire. With all the rain, it put our fire out and made it very difficult to get it going again. With some perseverance, my husband got the fire started but it wouldn't get going WELL. He was about ready to give up when all the sudden, he got up, went to the tent, and grabbed the air mattress pump. Setting it back a little ways, he turned it on. The flames shot up and really started roaring. It was just what the fire needed. It worked perfectly!