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Monday, May 19, 2014
One of the world’s strangest tourist attractions is a simple electric light bulb in a California fire station – because it was first switched on in June 1901, and is still burning today, nearly 113 years later.Firemen at the Livermore Fire Department’s Station 6 on the southern edge of the San Francisco Bay area welcome visitors to view and photograph the 24hr 'night light', even having a sign saying that if the front door is closed, to go around the back and bang on the door there to get their attention.
And the local City Council has installed CCTV to monitor the light, that’s been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not and even in a citation from the President of the USA as the world’s oldest-known working light bulb.The bulb was installed in the original Livermore Fire Hose Cart-house in 1901, briefly switched off when that station moved to another site in 1903, and turned off for a week during renovations in 1937. It was moved to its current location in 1976 and has only been off once since – when power to the station failed for 9.5hrs in May last year.
Its authenticity has been verified from newspaper records and by engineers from the General Electric Company.
Article supplied by guest writer David Ellis
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
A philanthropic author and inspirational speaker in Sweden in offering a week-long holiday free of charge on one of two islands he owns off Stockholm for entrepreneurs, inventors, writers and pure-dreamers to seek mental inspiration for their projects.Fredrik Haren says that being cut off from civilisation on one of his islands will hopefully allow those he gives a week to “to re-discover their creative or entrepreneurial fire.”
Successful applications get their island to themselves, and can take three or five guests, depending on which island they are allocated. They only have to meet their own costs to get to Stockholm, and the costs of their food and drinks for the week.However while their week is otherwise “free,” Frederik Haren asks for a donation of US$1000 (or less for those who can’t afford that) which he gives to a charity assisting Stockholm’s homeless – pointing out that if you take some friends, it can work out to as little as US$167pp for the week.
If you want to put your name up for consideration, visit www.theideasisland.com
Article supplied by David Ellis