July 13, 2005

Odd little fact for today

Did you know that light bulbs used in the NY City transit system screw in counter-clock wise? Most light bulbs screw in clock wise. This means that if you steal a light bulb out of the subway, you can't use it at home.

And no, I did not learn this little fact by trying it out for myself. My father told me. I don't know if he learned it from experience, but you never know and I didn't ask.

Posted by Random Penseur at July 13, 2005 11:22 AM | TrackBack

It also seems that might momentarily slow down would-be light bulb thieves when their efforts to loosen the bulb actually tightened it in its socket. But one has to ask how much the special light bulbs cost...

Posted by: Angie at July 13, 2005 12:30 PM

I think that is terribly clever.

For some reason it makes me smile, too.

Hope you are well.

; )

Posted by: Christina at July 13, 2005 12:57 PM

Well in that case, I now know where to send all these freakin light bulbs I lifted from the subway last time I was there. If you could give me the correct address, I'll take of that.


Posted by: Wicked H at July 13, 2005 01:06 PM

Is this where the 'light-bulb' joke comes from? A few Italians, Irish, Polish... etc? How many of them can screw in a light bulb... in the subway. .

Also, does anyone know if the name Tony, although now considered short for Anthony, originally comes from the t-shirts given to immigrants? I heard from an Italian friend that Tony actually meant "To New York" Maybe he was pulling my leg.

Posted by: dr pants at July 13, 2005 01:23 PM
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