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Old 18.06.2011, 19:21
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Light bulb burning for 110 years

When the light bulb started burning at the fire Department of Livermore (US) in June 1901 China was still an empire and the Titanic still afloat in the imagination of its creator. After 110 years it's still providing light as stated on the Centennial Bulb homepage.
How is it possible? It was produced at times where planned obsolescence was not part of the business model.

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Re: Light bulb burning for 110 years

....and in its life time, its only had 4 filament replacements, 3 glass changes and 2 electrical contact replacments.
But its the same light bulb,,,,,,,,,,
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Old 18.06.2011, 21:01
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Re: Light bulb burning for 110 years

This is my grandfather's ax: My father changed the blade and I changed the Handle.
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Old 18.06.2011, 21:08
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When the light bulb started burning at the fire Department of Livermore (US) in June 1901 China was still an empire and the Titanic still afloat. After 110 years it's still providing light as stated on the Centennial Bulb homepage.
How is it possible? It was produced at times where planned obsolescence was not part of the business model.
Alright, but to put the records straight, the Titanic only had the start of its maiden voyage on 10th April 1912, 11 years LATER
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Old 18.06.2011, 21:09
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Re: Light bulb burning for 110 years

and in 1901 the Titanic hadn't even been built.

(Bugger, Wolli beat me to it)
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When the light bulb started burning at the fire Department of Livermore (US) in June 1901 China was still an empire and the Titanic still afloat. After 110 years it's still providing light as stated on the Centennial Bulb homepage.
How is it possible?
The security team is on constant lookout for any environmentalists who might be carrying one of the following:

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Old 18.06.2011, 21:28
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and in 1901 the Titanic hadn't even been built.

(Bugger, Wolli beat me to it)
You missed the " in the imagination of its creator." part.

It's impressive how everyone still remembers the Titanic, for not much more than hitting an Iceberg.
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Old 18.06.2011, 22:50
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You missed the " in the imagination of its creator." part.

It's impressive how everyone still remembers the Titanic, for not much more than hitting an Iceberg.
"Oh yeah. People go on about Titanic, Titanic. Let me tell you something about the Titanic. People forget that on the Titanic's maiden voyage there were over a thousand miles of uneventful, very pleasurable cruising before it hit the iceberg." *

My friend made a model of the Titanic from match sticks. Cost him £100 in modellering match sticks and 15 years' occasional spare time. Sold it to a US collector for £8,500.
We went to a watch shop in Lucerne that sold Titanic watches (claim to use metal from the ship itself) and they cost up to 20,000CHF. My friend showed the shop manager a photo of his model and because the Titanic's 100 year anniversary (of its sinking) comes up next year he offered my friend a watch if he could have another model made for him in time for next year!

Anyway back on topic my friend's house has lighbulbs in it.

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Re: Light bulb burning for 110 years

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You missed the " in the imagination of its creator." part.

It's impressive how everyone still remembers the Titanic, for not much more than hitting an Iceberg.
No, the Titanic not just was the largest ship on earth in 1912, it remained so for a long time and only was "overtaken" by the "Normandie" in 1935 !


and the second point was that a ship, launched to be absolutely safe and unsinkable, crashed on its maiden voyage. Reminding German speakers of the "Brücke am Tay" written by Theodor Fontane
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Br%...2%80%99_am_Tay
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and the second point was that a ship, launched to be absolutely safe and unthinkable, crashed on its maiden voyage. Reminding German speakers of the "Brücke am Tay" written by Theodor Fontane
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Br%...2%80%99_am_Tay
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Not to forget the equally immortal but maybe more involuntarily comic McGonnagall poem on the same topic

http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/...pgdisaster.htm
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