The tragic bit – Person A died when Person B ran a stop sign and T-Boned them. It had been snowing, and snow had obscured the red light but part of the left turn arrow was showing, so B thought they had the green light. [I could look this up and give you the facts, and a link and all that, but seriously, would you read it? No. So let's both pretend I did the leg work. If you really care, I read the story in the Chicago Tribune.
See, it turns out, that to save some money on electricity, the city replace the horribly inefficient incandescent bulbs in the street lights with the energy efficient LEDs. And they don't plan to switch back, because the new bulbs last longer* and cost so much less to operate.
You know how those incandescent bulbs waste electricity, right? By generating HEAT instead of producing LIGHT. Heat that, for argument's sake, would melt snow that blew on them.
Oops. Hadn't thought of that.
And that got me thinking. With the incandescent bulb taking the place of baby seal clubbers on the environmentalists hit list, what else isn't going to work right?
Most of you don't remember this toy. You had goo that you put in a tray and turned it into bug and worms. My nephew had one. I think it was just a boy version of the next toy.
How long do you think it will take to bake your miniature morsels now on the bluish glow of that CFL bulb, little Missy?
Might as well start using mommy's blow dryer.
Ah, mesmerizing mass of molten material, your days are numbered, too. Those fake "glitter lamps" are just not up to the job.
For the lava lamp to live on, they may need to separate the heating element from the light source.
I suggest LASERS!
Sorry, bright idea. You are doomed. The glowing incandescent bulb that signals the instantaneous flash of inspiration will be no more.
Nope, it will be replaced by a dim glow that slowly warms up to full understanding. Eventually.
* Please note, that while wrote this, TWO incandescent recessed lights in my ceiling burned out. Off to Home Despot to get some CFLs.