A 1949 BBC memo forbade employees to use desk lamps unless the main room light was on. The head of the Variety department believed that a man working at a desk in a confined space with only the light from a low-wattage lamp would nurture furtive ideas and produce degenerate programme material. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ang…
Actors Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt were temporarily blinded with 'burnt retinas' on the set of Twister (1996) by bright lamps used to make the sky look stormy. ew.com/article/1996/05/17…
Diogenes used to stroll about in full daylight with a lamp; when asked what he was doing, he would answer, "I am just looking for an honest man." Diogenes looked for a human being but reputedly found nothing but rascals and scoundrels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dio…
In 1959, White American Journalist, John Howard Griffin used a combination of sun lamps and drugs for treating Vitiligo, to darken his skin and travel through the segregated South. He detailed his travels in his Book "Black Like Me" theguardian.com/books/201…
"Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp" and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" were not part of the original versions of "Arabian Nights" collection but were added by French archaeologist Antoine Galland after hearing from a Maronite Christian storyteller Hanna Diab in Paris. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One…
After president Harding died of a heart attack, VP Calvin Coolidge was visiting family with no electricity or telephone. He heard of Harding's death by messenger at 2:45 AM. He got dressed, prayed, and met with reporters downstairs and took oath next to a kerosene lamp. He then went back to bed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cal…
Today I learned about Seasonal Affective Disorder which is a type of depression related to the seasons, or when someone is exposed to less sunlight. So Seasonal affective disorder (or SAD) Lamps were invented to help create a bright environment within their home to help ease the symptoms. mayoclinic.org/diseases-c…
The city of Berlin, Germany still has around 37,000 active gas street lamps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
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…
There is a lamp-post in the centre of Cambridge, England that is named "Reality Checkpoint". Not only is it the only lamppost in the world with an officially recognised name, it also belongs to the UK's listed buildings registry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
Today I learned about John Howard Griffin, a journalist who in 1959 took anti-vitiligo drugs and spent 15 hours daily under an ultraviolet lamp to temporarily "become" a black man and travel through the South for six weeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
IKEA once made a commercial where the viewers were first shown emotional shots of a lamp being abandoned by its owner, and then had an actor say "Many of you feel bad for this lamp. That is because you crazy [sic]. It has no feelings, and the new one is much better." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam…
Walt Disney had a neat little private apartment above the fire house off the Town Square in Disneyland complete with with a 2nd floor terrace. Even today there is always a lamp burning in the window above the old firehouse justdisney.com/features/a…
In 1802, a French mining engineer, put forward a proposal to tunnel under the English Channel, with illumination from oil lamps, horse-drawn coaches, and an artificial island positioned mid-Channel for changing horses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In WW1, glow worms were gathered and used in lamps to light the trenches. Also, due to their extreme ability to detect particles in the air, slugs were used to detect gas attacks. If the slugs closed their breathing spires and contracted, troops would know to put on their gas masks taskandpurpose.com/histor…
In 1890, an 8-year-old boy named Henry James Bristow saved his 3-year-old sister's life by tearing off her clothing when she caught on fire. She had knocked over a paraffin lamp on the mantlepiece. Henry was severely burnt in the process and later died of his injuries. london-walking-tours.co.u…
Braille was originally invented by the French Army out of necessity after soldiers were being killed because they used lamps after dark to read combat messages. Soon after, Louis Braille, an eleven year old blind boy simplified it into what we use today. brailleworks.com/braille-…
Beatle George Harrison was stabbed multiple times by a home invader, who’d broken into his English estate. His wife, Olivia, saved his life by attacking the assailant with a fire poker and a table lamp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
In the late 19th century many cities built giant, "Moonlight Towers" to illuminate the streets as alternatives to street lamps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo…
The leg lamp from β€œA Christmas Story” was won from the NeHi Soda Company, hence it being a leg. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The movie "Psycho" (by Alfred Hitchcock) is based on a true story: Ed Gein dug up corpses and killed two women; then used their body parts to make skin chairs, skull bowls, skin lamps, and a woman suit β€” because he was obsessed with his mother en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_…
One of the chimneys on the bridge, which can be mistaken for a lamp post, connects up to an old fireplace in a guardroom of the Tower of London. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tow…
In 1907 Standard Oil developed the the Mei Foo kerosene lamp, which translates in Chinese to β€œbeautiful confidence.” In its first year, more than 850,000 lamps were sold in China at around 7.5 cents each, and could stay lit for more than 240 hours on a single gallon of kerosene. energyfactor.exxonmobil.c…
A 1931 production of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" used a practical effect of makeup invisible under red light and a pair of red/green lamps to transform the actor between Jekyll and Hyde. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr.…
In the original story of Aladdin, there are two genies, the Powerful Genie in the Lamp, and Lesser Genie in the Magic Ring lent by the sorcerer who double crossed him. And there is no limitation on how many wishes he can ask. wikipedia.org/wiki/Aladdi…
Today I learned about Otto, an octopus that was able to climb onto the rim of his tank, squirt a jet of water to a bright light shining into his aquarium and cause a power outage. Staff believe that Otto had been annoyed by the lamp telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
Lava Lamps were invented by an accountant whose hobby was making underwater nudist films en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Cloudflare uses a wall of lava lamps to generate truly random encryption keys for their networks. Every detail about photos of the lava lamps are turned into completely unique and unpredictable strings of characters blog.cloudflare.com/rando…
It is possible to distinguish the parts of Berlin that were formerly West and East from the space: β€œEast” Berlin uses sodium vapor lamps which produce a yellow color, whilst β€œWest” Berlin uses fluorescent lamps produce a white color. citymetric.com/horizons/y…
Central Park's lamp posts have a hidden set of numbers that can help you navigate the area. mentalfloss.com/article/8…
GravityLight is an LED light powered by a bag filled with 20 lbs of rocks or earth, attached to a cord, which slowly descends and powers the light for up to 20 minutes & takes only seconds to reset. Intended as a replacement for kerosene lamps in the developing world it has no operating costs npr.org/2013/01/18/169708…
In December 1868, the first traffic lights were installed outside the House of Parliament in London. Resembling railway signals, they used semaphore arms during the day and were illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps. nationalmotormuseum.org.u…
Central Park's Lamp Posts have a unique 4 digit code that will geolocate you anywhere in the park. So you're never lost. youtu.be/mRx6UsHl0jU
The flourescent lamp wasn't invented by a Filipino inventor, Agapito Flores, and it was just a myth. Majority of Filipinos are educated by this false information because it was published in a lot of text books for public schools and the "proof" was his last name Flores. rappler.com/thought-leade…
IMAX projectionists wear body armor when handling IMAX lamps; if dropped, they can explode resulting in quartz shrapnel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMA…
At least one person has been killed by a lava lamp. In 2004, Philip Quinn decided to heat his lava lamp on the kitchen stove. The lamp exploded, shooting a shard of glass into his heart and ending his life. foxnews.com/story/2004/11…
T.V. Lamps were created in the 1950s to prevent eye strain from watching T.V. These lamps were typically ceramic or plastic and cast a low, soft light to the wall behind the T.V. They came in all shapes and sizes, and one of the most popular lamps was a black panther. flipclockfans.com/forum/a…
The inventor of the lava lamp was also known for making underwater nudist films. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Karl Marx once participated in a London pub crawl. After 18 pubs he and his friends started throwing rocks at street lamps - at which point he was chased by 4 policemen who he managed to outrun. marxists.org/archive/lieb…
Originally, the classic banker's lamp had a green shade to lessen one's eyestrain due to early incandescent lights. The green eye visor commonly worn by accountants, telegraphers, and copy editors in the late-19th and mid-20th century were worn for similar reasons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Beatle George Harrison survived a brutal stabbing when his wife fended off an intruder with a fireplace poker and lamp. Harrison suffered a punctured lung and over forty stab wounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Days before his match with Boom Boom Mancini, Kim Duk-koo wrote "live or die" on his hotel lamp. He was also quoted as saying "Either he dies or I die" just before the fight. He died after one of Mancini's punches caused excessive bleeding in his brain. wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Du…
The likely reason for moths' attraction to lamps. It is thought that they navigate by maintaining a constant angle to the moon, but they cannot tell the difference between it and an artificial light, so they start instinctively trying to correct their flight path on encountering one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
Stanley Kubrick appointed French Director Bertrand Tavernier as his publicist in France and he was asking him regularly about strange stuff like types of lamps in theaters, Tavernier resigned after 3 months and told him: As a film-maker you are a genius but as an employer you are an imbecile. irishtimes.com/news/stanl…
There was an octopus in an aquarium that juggled its tankmates, smashed aquarium glass by throwing rocks, and caused short circuits by shooting a jet of water at a lamp. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cep…
The name of the Lamp which crushes the I at the start of every Pixar movie is Luxo Jr. and is from the very first animation that Pixar made. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux…
The content delivery network CloudFlare uses a wall of 100 lava lamps as a way to generate entropy for a random number generator fastcodesign.com/90137157…
Pixar's first animation 'Luxo Jr' was about their iconic lamp and his dad, 'Luxo Sr', and was sequentially the first demonstration of Pixar's groundbreaking automatic shadow generation in 3D animation (thus why they were lamps). computerhistory.org/atchm…
The first Nerf product (Nerf ball) had this slogan: "Throw it indoors; you can't damage lamps or break windows. You can't hurt babies or old people." playgroundequipment.com/t…
The lamp in an IMAX projector is so bright that if it were on the moon we could see it from earth with the naked eye. explorethecanyon.com/imax…

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