So last Sunday, I'm sitting at home reading the Chronicle, really giving Willie Brown's weekly movie review (The Mechanic) the ole deep think, when I come across this crazy article on the Livermore light bulb.
Some people I asked have heard about the light bulb, but many others, including me, have not. So check this out from the Chron:
At Livermore Fire Station No. 6 is a lightbulb that has not burned out in 110 years. Nobody, even in this golden age of technology, knows why. And no one wants to unscrew the bulb to find out...
The lightbulb is about 3 inches long and slightly rounder than a modern lightbulb. Inside the hand-blown glass is a jumble of carbon filament that radiates about 4 watts of soft orange light - about the strength of a nightlight.
Its workings may be a mystery, but it's probably the most well-documented lightbulb in history. It was first installed in a Livermore firehouse on L Street in 1901, replacing the kerosene lanterns that helped firefighters load hoses and shovels for night calls. Full article
That's insane! From the article:
"Scientists - of which there are thousands around Livermore and its labs - have studied it for decades. Some, like David Tse, an electrical engineering professor at UC Berkeley, are skeptical. 'It's not possible. It's a prank," he said curtly, slamming down the phone.'"