Here at the Ball Team house, we have a secret talent - ear wax production. We excel at it. The gift comes naturally. It is, however, annoying. Rachel is demonstrating a common occurrence at our house - candelling your ears. The principle behind it is simple - the flame on the "candle" (actually a hollow tube) creates a vacuum behind it and the heat of the flame softens the wax. Once softened, the wax is sucked up into the vacuum now existing in the tube. Rachel burned this candle all the way down, without singeing Charlie's hair, and it was full of wax. Her ears are open and she has no more excuse not to hear her morning alarms.