Why Is There 35mm Film Burning In the Olympic Torch?

By Eric Limer on at

Out with the old and in with the new is a good motto for staying on top of new technology, but there's really no reason to burn the 35mm film we have left. Don't worry Olympic committee, we've solidly transitioned to the age of digital photography.

Photographer Tom Waugh contacted PetaPixel when he realised that something in the Olympic torch looked a lot like old school film. It's true that nitrate-based cellulose film is pretty flammable, but so are . . . lots of things so it's unclear why there's film, or something shaped like it, in there.

Also if you've never watched the torch lighting ceremony, which consists of "priestesses" moving through deliberate choreography in the ruins of the Temple of Hera, this is a good opportunity to be aware that that exists. We'll update if we find out what's going on with the film-like stuff. [PetaPixel]