From the "missed it by that much" file, teeny-bopper singing-star Aaron Carter, you may remember his hit song, "I'd rather jam this finely sharpened number 2 Ticonderoga deeply into my ear drum than have to listen to this crap", narrowly survived an Escalade fire yesterday. Cause of the flames? Simple science and a mattress. Seems Mr. Carter was driving down the highway and a mattress flew off a truck in front of him and he handily ran it over. It wedged under the Escalade and he kept driving. A little Science 101 refresher kid: friction + exhaust pipes = heat = fire + gasoline = big boom. Aaron was OK (phew) but the Escalade didn't pull through.

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