today i learned – sun 14th jan 2018

today’s fact actually came about last night, whilst i was watching a good ole bit of qi 🙌🏻

i’ll be honest, it’s another one of those facts that blew my mind a little 🤯

#tdil that there is a light bulb out there that has been continuously working since 1901 😱

yep, you read that correctly – 1901!? that’s, like, 117 years of constant light bulbing 😳 how nuts is that!

the light bulb is actually situated at a fire station in california and has a guinness world record and its own webcam 😂

apparently, whilst there have been a few dim moments (literally), the bulb sits above some fire engines and is actually pretty darn bright! even after all that time 😅

what makes the achievement even more amazing is the fact that most modern light bulbs actually only last about 1000 hours. the reason for this is something called ‘planned obsolescence’ … basically, things are designed to break after a certain period of time … so that you have to keep buying shizz 🙄.

planned obsolescence in light bulbs actually started in 1924 when the ‘phoebus cartel’ was formed – the phoebus cartel were a cartel that was created to control the manufacture and sale of light bulbs by fixing their useful life and stuff 🤷🏻‍♂️

they’re actually known as the first group of peeps to carry out mass planned obsolescence 🙄 basically, they’re a large part of the reason that your iphone breaks every three years 🙃

but yeah, the insane achievement that this world record holding light bulb has done/is doing pretty much demonstrates how cheaply you could light up your house 😂

right, i kinda managed to take something awesome and spin it to something sad 🙈 sozza 😅

on that note, i’m gonna go 😜

laterz 🐯 #tdil


woooooo another pretty cool fact! if you fancy learning more shizz, just take to pretty face over ->here<-

(right image licences 😅 … so, the header is the actual light bulb and belongs to a dude called dick jones … i can’t find an actual license but the website i got it from linked it ->here<- 🤷🏻‍♂️. the other images are ->here<-, ->here<- and ->here<-)

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