Lava Lamp Turns 50
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
OK. Our last word in business has to be said just the right way. The word is: Groovy. But you have to say it this way - groovy baby.
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
MONTAGNE: ...baby. Well, in the '60s, the grooviest thing around was the Lava Lamp. And we're mentioning it just now because it turns 50 today.
INSKEEP: Groovy. The fluorescent lamp, with its hypnotic moving liquid blob center, helped to define the psychedelic era. It first hit stores in Britain on this day in 1963.
MONTAGNE: All right. Yo. The lamp...
MONTAGNE: ...was invented by a British accountant. He was inspired by the design of an odd egg timer in a pub. It was first called the Astro Lamp.
And that's the astro business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.
INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep.
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