Only a few years ago, mankind was stuck in the literal dark ages, doomed to use matches that must be struck on the special abrasive material on the side of the box to light. 

But thankfully, we have broken free from the bondage of the match box with the innovation of strike-anywhere matches.

But how do they work? In honor of YouTube Geek Week, Wired has broken down the science behind these amazing fire starters in this new educational animation