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Why does smoke follow you around a fire?

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Imagine: you’re having a good time around a fire when out of nowhere, smoke blows straight in your face. Naturally, you get up and move to get out of the way. But suddenly, the smoke is blowing right back in your face! What’s going on? SciShow explores the physics of smoke. 

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