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Light Left On For 77 Years Racked Up $17,000 Electricity Bill

This is what happens when someone forgot to turn off the light:

A long-forgotten neon lamp that was switched on during the Great Depression and left burning for about 77 years has been discovered hidden behind a dusty partition at Clifton's Cafeteria. The find was made amid an extensive renovation of the downtown eatery, according to the building's owner, Andrew Meieran.

The neon fixture is believed to have been installed in 1935 when Clifford Clinton purchased the lease to Boos Bros. Cafeteria on Broadway and 7th Street and converted the place into a forest-themed restaurant. [...]

In 1949, the nook was covered over with plastic and plywood when part of the restroom was partitioned off as a storage area.

But for some reason, workmen never got around to disconnecting the electricity. For the next 62 years the illuminated tubing was hidden within the wall. Meieran estimates that the neon tube has racked up more than $17,000 in electrical bills.

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How was the $17,000.00 figure calculated? Seems a bit sensationalist to me. As to why it lasted so long, pretty simple actually. Most lamp failures are a result of the repetitive heating and cooling of being turned on and off. There are many instances of lights being left on for extended periods of time and not "burning out". It would be nice to know what color the neon light was...
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Poor little light. "I'm advertising a business! Boss relies on me to keep the company going!" But no, 77 years of being ignored. Saddest Pixar movie ever.
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