today i learned – sat 13th apr 2019

ever get worried about your electricity bill? just imagine how much this must cost πŸ˜‚

#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, over 117 years of constant light bulbing 😳 how ridiculous is that!

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

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 πŸ˜…

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 πŸ™„.

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 πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

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

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 πŸ˜‚

byeeee 😘 #tdil

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

(right image licences πŸ˜… … 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<- πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ. the other images are ->here<-, ->here<- and ->here<-)

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