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Old 07 January 2014, 11:14 PM
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Default Edison's dropped light bulb

Comment: Is there any way you folks would be willing to take on the urban
legend that Thomas Edison gave a lightbulb to a young boy to take into the
gallery to show people the new invention? The story goes that the boy
dropped it and that Edison patiently return to the workshop to make
another, then let the boy carry the second one:


I heard a story about when Thomas Edison was working to invent this crazy contraption called a "light bulb." It took a whole team of men working for twenty-four hours to put just one light bulb together. The story goes that when Edison's team was finished with one light bulb, he gave it to a young boy to carry upstairs. Step by step he carefully carried it, afraid that he might drop this priceless piece of work. You can probably guess what happened; the poor boy dropped the bulb at the top of the stairs. It took the team of men twenty-four more hours to make another bulb. Finally, tired and ready for a break, Edison was ready to have his bulb carried upstairs. He gave it to the same young boy who dropped the first one. That's true forgiveness. Mr. Edison gave the boy another chance!
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Old 08 January 2014, 08:38 PM
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Well, it is believable. Of course now I'm wondering if Edison would have had this done deliberately, just to keep everyone waiting just a bit longer. Or prove he could replace the bulb quickly enough. Or something.
I'm also reminded of the fable of the Russian aristocrat who served an enormous sturgeon to his guests. He had the servants drop it on purpose, just so he could call out, "Then bring in the bigger one!"
Okay, call me a cynic.
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