The Livermore Centennial Bulb

Treehugger alerted me to the rather surprising story of this light bulb, burning continuously since 1901. Yeah, at least that’s the story here, at the Centennial Light Bulb Committee’s website (a partnership of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, Livermore Heritage Guild, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, and Sandia National Laboratories). The bulb is said to have been […] » about 200 words

Happy Birthday, Popsicle

NPR’s food essayist Bonny Wolf reported yesterday on the 100th birthday of the popsicle for Weekend Edition Sunday (listen in RealAudio). Like so many brilliant inventions, it happened by accident in 1905. And through a century of change, it remains a consistent American icon, stick and all. It all started, apparently, with a forgotten bottle […] » about 100 words