In 1961, Goodyear released "illuminated tires" made of a translucent material available in several different colours. Each tire contained 18 light bulbs that would generate an electroluminscent-like glow on the ground and in the wheel wells. thedrive.com/news/26862/w…
The striped appearance of some tulips was originally caused by a virus that infects their bulbs to β€œbreak” their solid colors. This appearance was highly sought after during the 17th century Dutch β€œtulip mania;” however, the virus results in smaller tulips with weakened bulbs and shorter stems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tul…
Spies can eavesdrop on a conversation from hundreds of feet away, just by watching a light bulb’s vibrations through a telescope. wired.me/technology/priva…
Today I learned of tulip mania when in 1630's the price of one tulip bulb rose to about 20 years wages. Everybody got rich and then the last ones in went bankrupt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tul…
Today I learned of the 1636-37 Tulip Mania speculative bubble, during which 1 Tulip bulb was exchanged for 2 lasts of wheat, 4 lasts of rye, 4 fat oxen, 8 swine, 12 sheep, 2 hogsheads of wine, 4 tuns of beer, 2 tuns of butter, 1000lbs. of cheese, a bed, a suit of clothes, and a silver cup. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tul…
To get around EU regulations banning Lightbulbs over 60W, two Germans began importing 75W and 100W filament bulbs as "Heatballs" and "small heating devices", as they are so inefficient 95 percent of their energy usage winds up as heat. uk.reuters.com/article/id…
The early versions of the Easy-Bake Oven, a child's toy that allows children to bake small treats, used incandescent lightbulbs as their heat source. That's because these bulbs were so inefficient that only 5% of the electricity they used produced light. The rest produced heat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Today I learned of the Phoebus cartel, which controlled the global lightbulb market for over 15 years and worked to remove long-lasting bulbs from the market in order for lightbulb manufacturers to profit more en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
A ghost light is a single bulb left burning in a theatre when it’s dark. Some argue it’s meant to chase away spirits; others say it lights the way for the ghosts that are said to inhabit virtually every theatre. Either way, the light ensures no one takes an accidental tumble off the stage. playbill.com/article/ask-…
In 1940, Princess Juliana of The Netherlands was evacuated to Ottawa Canada. When her child Margaret was born, Canada declared her rooms at the Hospital as extraterritorial so the baby would have Dutch nationality. As thanks, Princess Juliana has given Ottawa 10,000 tulip bulbs every year since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
The human body when resting still produces enough energy to power 10 light bulbs(10watt bulbs) and at maximum can produce up to 2000watts of energy large.stanford.edu/course…
Today I learned of a Light Bulb that has been burning for over 100 hundred years. It hangs on a cord from the ceiling of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department’s Fire Station #6, and it has been burning since 1901 mentalfloss.com/article/6…
A light bulb in Livermore, California has burned continuously for over 117 years. Conspiracy theorists see it as a symbol of planned obsolescence, but its longevity can be attributed to its extremely inefficient design. urbo.com/content/the-ligh…
The Brazilian Treehopper exists, and has the most bizarre alien-like features, scientists can’t even figure out what they’re for, but it’s speculated that their bulbs mimic a parasite that creates zombie ants, so that predators won’t attack them. goodnewspestsolutions.com…
Light bulbs in the New York City subway system screw in "backwards" (i.e. with left-handed threads) so people won't steal them to use at home. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
Thomas Alva Edison did not invent the light bulb; electric light sources were being experimented since early 1800s and an English Physicist Sir Joseph Swan had a working prototype of electric incandescent light bulb more than a decade earlier than Edison. bulbs.com/learning/histor…
Lyndon B. Johnson was known for wandering the White House turning off lights in rooms he thought empty, sometimes to the surprise of people working in those rooms! This earned him the nickname β€œLight Bulb Johnson.” kua.com/blog/6-electric-f…
Lewis H. Latimer created the carbon filament light bulb that improved Edison’s initial prototype. lemelson.mit.edu/resource…
Your lamp that clicks twice to turn on/off is a 3-stage lamp. If you use the proper bulb, it actually has a low, medium, and high setting. But since most lightbulbs aren't that fancy, they only work on in the medium and high setting, meaning you'll have to click twice to turn it on and off. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3-w…
A cartel of GE, Philips and other lightbulb makers conspired to make lightbulbs burn out sooner so people would have to replace the bulbs more. Called the Phoebus Cartel, they actually fined manufacturers whose lights lasted too long. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
About the Grays Harbor Lighthouse, in Westport, WA. At 107 feet tall, it's not the tallest but its light is powered by a 35 watt bulb that can be seen for 19 miles or 31km. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Before computerized mechanisms in cars, the clicking you hear in turn signals used to come from a heated spring mechanism β€” that was designed, both to produce the click, and to activate the exterior bulbs themselves. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Inventor Lewis Latimer, not only made Thomas Edison's Light Bulb more efficient & practical, he invented an Apparatus for Cooling & Disinfecting, making rooms more sanitary & climate-controlled. He also improved the design of elevators & co-invented (1874) a toilet for train cars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lew…
Arco, ID was the first city to be powered by a breeder reactor (in 1951) and later became the first to face a nuclear meltdown too. When the reactor started generating power, it produced enough power to light 4 200-Watt light bulbs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Light Bulb Manufacturers formed a Market Controlling 'Cartel' that disallowed 1000 Hour+ lightbulbs, and threatened legal action to any company who did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Today I learned about Tulip Mania, during the 17th Century Dutch Golden Age, when prices for some tulip bulbs skyrocketed. Many think it is one of the first speculative bubbles to pop, but some historians believe it has been exaggerated over time. history.com/news/tulip-ma…
The Netherlands sends Canada 20,000 tulip bulbs every year to thank them for their help during WWII veterans.gc.ca/eng/rememb…
The Centennial Light is the world's longest-lasting light bulb, burning since 1901. It is often cited as evidence for the existence of planned obsolescence in later-produced light bulbs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Flowering tea or blooming tea, was a thing. It consists of a bundle of dried tea leaves wrapped around one or more dried flowers. These are made by binding tea leaves and flowers together into a bulb, then setting them to dry. youtu.be/4COPalSN2Zo
In 1925, General Electric, Phillips, & other light bulb manufacturers colluded against consumers & created the 'Phoebus Cartel'. The Cartel conspired to reduce the 1925 light bulb life expectancy from 2500 Hours down to only 1000 Hours & at the same time, to increase the Price Per Bulb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
In a "standard" 75 or 100 watt 120 volt light bulb, the filament temperature is roughly 2550 degrees Celsius, or roughly 4600 degrees Fahrenheit. hypertextbook.com/facts/1…
Today I learned about Centennial Light, the worlds longest lasting light bulb, installed in 1901 at the Livermore Pleasanton (CA) Fire Department. It’s has only been turned off a few times and even has its own Centennial Light Bulb Committee to take care if it. wikipedia.org/wiki/Centen…
Today I learned about the Phoebus Cartel which began in 1925 and cornered the light-bulb market into large scale planned obsolescence (made sure the bulbs broke after x amount of hours of use so consumers would have to purchase more) and included manufacturers General Electric and Phillips. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Today I learned of black garlic, where garlic bulbs are aged for three weeks or more at a strictly regulated temperature and humidity, typically aged in something like a rice cooker. As weird as it sounds, it actually does not taste much like garlic, but has a rather mild and sweeter flavor. thespruceeats.com/black-g…
The world's oldest still-functioning light bulb is purported to be the Centennial Light in Livermore, California. Maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Dept, the bulb was installed in 1901 and has only been turned off a handful of times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
There is a monument to enemas in the Russian spa town of Zheleznovodsk, featuring a bronze bulb held aloft by three cherubs atlasobscura.com/places/m…
Today I learned about the Spider-Tailed Horned Viper, a venomous snake native to Western Iran that has a bulb-like structure on its tail, surrounded by long, dropping scales, that looks exactly like a spider. The viper uses this unique tail to lure in insect-eating birds. youtube.com/watch?v=XFjoq…
The measly 20W signal from Voyager 1, the equivalent of a fridge light-bulb, can be distinguished from background radiation in the sky almost instantly, despite being 11 billion miles away txchnologist.com/post/614…
The world's longest burning light bulb was installed in 1901 and has been glowing for over 110 years straight. It has a carbon filament that is eight times thicker than a contemporary bulb. livescience.com/14700-lon…
There is a light bulb in California that has been almost continuously burning since 1901, and has been cited as evidence of planned obsolescence in modern technology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Goodyear Made Illuminated Tires in the 1950s; They Were Lit by 18 Bulbs Inside the Tire thedrive.com/news/26862/w…
One last resort way to limit damages during a cannibalism outbreak in a chicken farm is to darken the environment using red light bulbs so the animals won't see blood on injured animals. This reduces the chances of they being pecked by the other chickens. extension.psu.edu/poultry…
The Human Brain consumes the same amount of energy as a Light Bulb (20 watts), whilst a CPU consumes 50-100 watts and runs "vastly slower" than the brain. the-scientist.com/feature…
More than 1.2 billion people around the globe do not have access to electricity, liter of light a Philippine based organization used water bottles, with a liter of water and bleach to make a 50 watt bulb for homes without electricity. huffpost.com/entry/plasti…
Many words thought to have no rhyme, like orange and silver, actually have a perfect rhyme (Blorenge and chilver). Common words like bulb and false do not have a rhyme. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
It was illegal in the US to have replaceable bulbs in car headlights until 1983. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
In 1882, Edward H. Johnson created the very first string of electric Christmas tree lights by hand-wiring 80 red, white and blue light bulbs and placing them around his Christmas tree. christmascentral.com/ligh…
In 2007, Canadians ranked the Wonderbra 5th out of the top 50 "Greatest Canadian Inventions" (after Insulin, the light bulb and the telephone, but ahead of the pacemaker) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Won…
The leading manufacturers of incandescent light bulbs in the early 20th century, conspired to keep the lifetime of their bulbs far below their real technological capabilities. This way, they ensure the continuous demand for more bulbs and hence, long-term profit for themselves. spectrum.ieee.org/geek-li…
The world's longest lasting light bulb has been burning for the past 113 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…

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