Message in a Bottle (Police) Easter Egg - Paraffin Ad

As the track repeats "Sending out an SOS" while fading out the last line is "Sending out an Esso Blue" which is a brand of paraffin (kerosene) in the UK.

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Contributed By: Phil Knightley on 09-16-1999
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B&SFreak writes:
In a "Cash for Questions" article of Q Magazine a few months back, Sting confirms this. He also says why he sang it (unfortunately, I don't think I have the magazine any more, but I think it may have simply been related to an advert on the telly in 1979)
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TubaGuy writes:
Webster's Dictionary calls paraffin "the same as kerosene" (perhaps meaning that it can have some of the same uses), but paraffin is actually more akin to wax. Yeah, I know I'm splitting hairs, but I just found this website & I'm looking for any excuse to contribute!
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emma writes:
i think it's a regional thing. paraffin is wax in the states... and i guess it's kerosene in the UK.
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Bob writes:
Just briefly - paraffin IS the same as kerosene ... the same way ice, water and steam are the same ... just different forms ... paraffin is waxy and kerosene is a liquid ...
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Adi writes:
yep...in Blighty..(thats UK by the way)...paraffin can be solid, like wax, but better known as a cheap burning fuel, kinda like a light oil... ps...if u wanna do firebreathin its the stuff 2 use...the flame is cooler to the touch than petrol or meths... DONT TRY THIS AT HOME......
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Sorry but Esso Blue was Paraffin that was often sold on petrol garage forecourts but it was NOT petrol...
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Ange writes:
TubaGuy is wrong. Parafin IS the same as kerosene. Even if you CAN get parafin wax (never heard of it), Esso Blue is a kindof kerosene
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Dimebag writes:
I'm confused i thought this was about the police?
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reddfish writes:
Sting used to sing with the Police. That's why there's a reference to him in this Police song entry.
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Esso Blue is a type of Petrol in the UK.
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