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Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022
Good Tuesday Morning to You!

How many Iowans does it take to change a light bulb? The answer is 3,269,251. One to change the lightbulb; 3,200,000 to grow the world’s food; and 69,251 to do the Kinnick Wave. Or so a 2021 post on a University of Kentucky Wildcat football forum says. It’s worth a read, as it might make you chuckle. Note the Kentucky math. More on that later.

Most of us recognize that replacing a bulb isn’t complicated; it is deciding on which bulb to buy. I used to just read the wattage maximum — at least sometimes. Now I bring the dead bulb in to the hardware store and look for the same thing. That usually works. Why do light bulbs need to be so complicated? Well, we have come a long way.

It all started with the arc lamp, which was invented by Humphry Davy in the early 1800s with charcoal rods and a battery. I once saw MacGyver do something like that. The carbon arc lamp was amazing, but it did have drawbacks, like producing carbon monoxide gas.

Along came Thomas Edison, who is regarded as the founder of the incandescent bulb in 1879. Some argue otherwise, but he was certainly the first to commercialize them. The incandescent light bulb was a great improvement over the carbon arc lamp in many ways, most importantly in its lifespan, as it offered up to 1,000 hours of runtime — at least for some people.

What many of us know as the traditional light bulb is the halogen. The first patent was registered in 1892, but Elmer Fridrich and Emmet Wiley, who worked at GE in 1955, get the credit. The halogen bulb was an advanced version of the incandescent bulb with an inert gas inside the vacuum that would enhance the lifespan and improve the color temperature and brightness.

Then the goofy-looking CFL bulbs came along, which are attributed to the work of Edward Hammer, a General Electric engineer in the 1970s. These are said to be more energy efficient than their predecessors, and I don’t doubt that. More importantly, I appreciate that they don’t burn my fingers when I touch them.

The LED or light-emitting diodes are the latest and greatest. Nick Holonyack, a consulting engineer for GE, invented the first visible light LED in 1962. As such, Holonyack is called the "father of the light-emitting diode” and, maybe, the “father of the expensive light bulb.” But if price is an indicator, they must be better, right?

Now back to Kentucky. How many Kentuckians does it take to change a light bulb? The answer is 4,505,836. One to change the lightbulb, and 4,505,835 to figure out how to do simple math.

Have a terrific Tuesday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media
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Iowa Cubs: Today, 6:38 p.m., Louisville vs. Iowa Cubs at Principal Park 

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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

After a cooler and breezy Monday, a warming trend begins today and takes us back to the 90s by Wednesday. It’ll be a bit cooler after that, and we’ll see a slight rain chance on Friday.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

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FROM KCCI: Iowa State Fair 2022: Your guide to Iowa's largest event

DES MOINES, Iowa — This year, the Iowa State Fair runs from Thursday, Aug. 11 through Sunday, Aug. 21! Advance admission tickets cost $9 for adults (ages 12 and up) and $5 for children (ages 6 to 11). Tickets at the gate cost $14 for adults and $8 for children. ...READ MORE FROM KCCI

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DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines man is facing arson charges after police say he admitted to setting his mother’s home on fire Sunday morning. Christian Franklin, 33, is charged with first-degree arson and reckless use of fire or explosives in connection with the fire in the 1000 block of 40th Street. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Mother shares how her family, newborn fought COVID-19

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Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

Best Local Jewelry Store
1. Prysm Body Piercing & Jewelry Gallery
2. Josephs Jewelers
3. Christopher’s Fine Jewelry


Retallick uses his talents at home

Interior designer decorates townhome with a flair.

By Lindsey Giardino

As a young homeowner, Alex Retallick knew he wanted to find a place to live that was both affordable and full of potential.

Thankfully, he found just the place a little more than six months ago in an Ankeny townhome community.

“I loved the features and offerings of my HOA organization, and the location was ideal,” Retallick says. “Close to work, walking distance to shops and quick interstate access.”

... Read More From the July issue of Ankeny Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities:Bill Skarsgård, Melanie Griffith, Gillian Anderson, Sam Elliott, Eric Bana, Michael Kors, Rhona Mitra, Adelaide Kane, Deion Sanders, Ashley Johnson, Jessica Capshaw, Kevin McKidd, Hoda Kotb, Derek Fisher, Jason Heyward

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to:tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Q: How do you raise a baby hippopotamus?
WITH A FORK LIFT! Celeste Tilton, Gail Tomlinson
WITH A CRANE! Ron Sorenson
VERY CAREFULLY! William Snyder

Let's try a mind teaser!

Q: What is special about these words: job, polish, herb?

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