Have you ever seen statements similar to this one?:
"Once a match is used, discard it properly. If you blow out a match and throw it in the trash, there is a danger that it might not be totally extinguished." (found online at least here and here)
Well, I have been trying to start a fire like that for years, and it has never resulted in anything.
I think it is because I am using the strike on box matches:
instead of the strike anywhere matches:
I'm not going to rush right out and buy some strike anywhere matches just to try it, but I'll let you know how it goes when I eventually switch.