Oh, how we hate those newfangled curly light bulbs.
We were reminded of this seething hatred by a recent news report about the 1,200-page omnibus spending bill currently passing through the congressional excretory system, which apparently contains a provision prohibiting any money being spent to enforce a 2007 law which will eventually ban incandescent light bulbs. While not an outright repeal of the ban, which would be ideal, it is a temporary reprieve and a heartening development.
Although we’re not so very Luddite that we’re typing these words on our old Smith-Corona typewriter, which is kept in safe storage in case the Democrats take control of the internet, we are skeptical enough of modern technology to have noticed that the latest innovation isn’t necessarily a better one. Those newfangled curly light bulbs, which we hate, are perhaps the definitive example of this observation.
We hate that they’re expensive. We hate that the longer life that is supposed to make them less expensive is often overstated. We hate that you can’t just throw them away when they burn out. We hate that you have to don a haz-mat suit and call in the clean-up crew from Fukushima whenever they break. We hate the sickly yellow glow they cast when first turned on.
— Bud Norman