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8 March 2021

It is amazing the things you can find on the internet these days.  I actually learned about the 100+ year old light bulb from an old Huell Howser show(there are no new Huell Howser shows, since he died in 2013 but his programs are so enjoyable they still run regularly)

In this week's show, he visited the town of Livermore, about 30 miles from Oakland, to check out the 100 year old light bulb, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe it or Not as the world's longest lasting light bulb, burning since 1901.

There is even a light bulb web cam, though I'm not sure why since the light does nothing but burn.

It was originally a 30 watt bulb, but is now very dim, about 4 watts.  It was invented by Albert Chaillet and manufactured in Shelby, Ohio in the late 1890s.  It was donated to the Livermore Fire Department in 1901.  Its longevity was first noticed by a reporter in 1972, who contacted the Guinness Book, which confirmed that it was the longest-lasting working bulb known in existence.

In 1976 it was moved to the new firehouse.  It was out for 22 minutes, not long enough to ruin its record, according to Guinness.  When they got it installed in the new fire station and  turned it on, it didn't come on until someone jiggled the switch and it came on.  it's been on ever since.  On its 100th birthday there was a community barbecue and live music.

The same show that discovered the 100 year old light bulb also did a bit on the upside down house in Lee Vining, California, along Highway 395, an area Walt and I know very well. 

The house was built by actress Nellie Bly O'Bryan, who made several movies with Charlie Chaplin before she retired and moved to Lee Vining because she loved the Sierra mountains.  She apparently built this house entirely by herself, and based it on a story she had read as a child.  Everything in the house is also upside down, from kitchen to bedroom, to dining room and all the equipment.  There is even an upside down cat and an upside down mouse.

The thing I found most interesting about the story, though, is that when I did a Google images search for "upside down house" I found lots and lots of upside down houses.  I never dreamed it was so popular to build a house upside down.


Marta made a delicious cream of mushroom soup for dinner.
Along with a wedge salad, it was a delight visually, as well as gastronomically.


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