Every once in a while, an appliance will defy its planned obsolescence and last a whole lot longer than corporate America — or even nature — intended. Have you heard about the famous lightbulb that wouldn’t die? It’s 110 years old, and still chugging along. Here’s a photo of it.
The world’s longest lasting light bulb is the Centennial Light located at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California. It is maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. The fire department claims that the bulb is at least 110 years old and has only been turned off a handful of times. The bulb has been noted by the Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and General Electric as being the world’s longest-lasting light bulb.
There’s a whole website devoted to the long-lasting bulb. And there’s a Bulb Cam, so you can keep an eye on the miracle bulb. And a Facebook page. I’m certain it’s the only Facebook page created for a lightbulb.
Well, I have a hair dryer made by Conair that’s a long-lasting little bugger. Maybe not breaking records, but pretty cool just the same. It’s a compact travel model, made for occasional use, not daily use. Yet despite it being put through its paces day after day, year after year, despite being dropped numerous times, despite it even shooting out a scary flame once a few years ago, it goes on, just like Celine Dion’s heart in the Titanic theme song.