It’s one of those things that I’d label as ‘dormant trivia’ – curious questions that I didn’t know exist, even though on hindsight, the bigger question is “why didn’t I think of that question (and find out the answer)? Maybe it’s just me being particularly ignorant or slow – that this is general knowledge to everyone but me:
Why are car cigarette lighters so big (diameter) compared to the cigarettes they are supposed to light?
And today (finally?) I learned the answer.