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Filament Anxiety

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by jgs, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. jgs

    jgs Active Member

    Oct 28, 2014
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    These newfangled electric lights will never be more than a niche product. If one of them burns out, you're in the dark until you can get down to the general store and get a new one. And if the power fails? Pffft, there's nothing you can do. There's no way they can overcome the advantages of whale oil lamps. In a pinch, you can burn anything in one of those babies. And you can use any old rag as a wick. You never have to be worried about being left in the dark. Besides, I refuse to believe that any true tallow-head could be satisfied by cold, sterile light without the heady smell of burning fat.

    Nah, never going to happen.

    (Inspired by filling up a rental car and being struck by how nineteenth-century the whole procedure felt.)

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