The Livermore Centennial light bulb has been on, continually, for over 100 years. If this doesn’t blow your mind then hearing stories from retired Fire Chief Thomas Bramell about how they used to hit it with footballs because they had no idea how old it was will definitely make you thing this bulb has super powers, which is exactly why “top men” have researched this filamented phenomenon’s longevity.
It even has it’s own dedicated web cam so you can see, with your own eyes, the lightbulb is still on.
While on a roadtrip to Portland, Oregon, this little marvel got on my radar, so I had to make a pit-stop. So glad I did, and was stoked when Thomas came down to give me a little special tour of the firehouse and wax yarns about this legendary bulb. One of my favorite stories was how it used to be in the old firehouse (which is now a restaurant which he gave me a little tour of) and to move it they had to hook it up to a car battery so they could keep the bulb on, and their title of longest running bulb alive as well. It was a precarious trip across town to say the least.
You can find even more about this amazing, Atlas Obscura-esque piece of Americana here or pick up a copy of Thomas’s book.
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In the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts is the Mapparium: a three-story stained glass globe, flipped inside-out so the left-right orientation is correct. A 30-foot-long glass bridge runs straight through the globe. Standing in the center of those 608 stained glass panels, you can see the inside-out world in perfect scale. And It. Is. Weird!
Its an epic place to visit, and whats wild is not only the visuals, but the sound inside this glass sphere… it’s impossible to truly explain but its unlike anything we’ve ever heard. Go!
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Im not sure WTF this is supposed to be … the Warren Anatomical Museum in the Harvard Library (where the smhat kids are) is perhaps the weirdest if not the most disgusting museum I’ve ever scene… super fascinating with all the gross stuff you love to see (like popping giant pimples) … to0 weird to explain, here is a video.