|The world’s longest glowing light bilb in Fire Station 6, in Livermore, northern California|
The world’s oldest working light bulb is approaching its 112th birthday. On June 18th, the Guinness World Record-holding bulb will have been glowing in local fire stations in Livermore, California, for 112 years. Since 1901 the longest the bulb has been turned off is a mere week.
Now known as the Centennial Bulb, it was donated to the local fire brigade by Adolphe Chailet, a competitor of Thomas Edison. Although he was never as successful as the shamelessly entrepreneurial Edison, Chailet’s light bulbs were proved to survive higher voltages.
Other old things still working
- Harry Cox’s American Sturtevant vacuum cleaner No.4, sucking since 1904.
- Rosemary Kinghorn’s Frigidaire, still keeping food cool after 76 years.
- The FACOM 128B computer was built in 1958. It occupies 700 feet of floor space in Japan’s Ikeda Memorial Hall and has less computing power than a pocket calculator.
Source: Gracie Murano for oddee.com