I was sitting outside late tonight burning some small dried branches in a large clay Chiminea. I started the fire with some wooden matches from a cardboard box, and some paper. Once the fire had burned down to glowing embers I grabbed a handful of matches out of the box and threw them in just to see how long it would take each sulfur tip to ignite. I got a little carried away and wound up emptying the entire box. That left the box! So I tossed in the cardboard box and it ignited, burning very quickly. As a matter of fact, it seemed to burn so hot and quickly that even though the entire box was glowing red, it stayed completely intact in its glowing form for several seconds before black spots began to appear, and just before the box fell apart and the ashes flew out the chimney. The black charred spots apparently indicated that those parts were as burnt as they could get and had turned to ash. This made me think of the Big Bang Theory and the universe, and I realized that I am lacking a lot of information about that subject. The reason why I started this thread is because I am wondering if any of you have scientific knowledge about the Big Bang itself, because I have some questions and would appreciate it tremendously if any of you have the answers. Again, I am not asking these questions from a religious perspective. Purely scientific. In addition, I am not asking these questions because I already have answers in mind and I would like to debate. I dont know the answers, nor do I have preconceived opinions about them. I am going to ask each question in a separate post so that you can quote a question and answer it if you are so inclined. So, if any of the 10,494 members would like to take a stab at the answers I would really appreciate this shortcut I am attempting instead of spending hours researching.