I ducked into the Hidden Starbucks to get a sandwich and a Venti Quad Iced Latte for lunch, then sat down outside on the parapet of the weird little plaza to eat. There were a few salariemen and women sitting on the curb, eating, drinking coffee and smoking. But once I got up to return to my cubicle, I noticed something very strange. See, there was this woman sitting on the parapet, and she had a blue plastic bucket with soapy water and a washcloth. In her hand she held a particularly gnarly sick pigeon. She was giving the pigeon a bath. Unless she’s washing the poor bird for food (hey, you never know), Nikola Tesla, who lived and worked close by would have approved.
I’ve read somewhere that threads in all emergency light bulbs in subways are inverted. That way they would not fit into a normal socket, and make it harder for would be thieves to steal them. Regular bulbs, like the one on the picture supposedly have normal thread because they are always on and thus hard to steal because of their temperature. This bulb is not store bought – note the NYCTA logo on the bulb.
I didn’t know the difference between NYCTA and MTA. Pretty interesting.
The research at my soon to be Alma Mater is on the cutting edge.
From “The Straight Dope”:
“Alexander Graham Bell suggested “ahoy!” as the standard telephone greeting, but it didn’t catch on–for obvious reasons, you may think. Don’t be so sure. Brooklyn College professor Allen Koenigsberg, author of The Patent History of the Phonograph, argues that the word that did catch on, “hello,” was previously unknown and may have been invented by the man who proposed it, Thomas Edison.”
As I always said, one year at Brooklyn College is like 2 at MIT. And this fall it’s going to be my 7th year there.
Interesting trivia about my college education: I’ve had a Pulitzer prize winning professor.
Reading a book about NYC subway.
Interesting fact: old subway cars used regular light bulbs for normal lighting and special left-handed screw threaded bulbs in emergency lighting. The regular bulbs were always on, and because of that nobody could steal them easily (they were too hot). The emergency lights were threaded incorrectly, so the potential thieves would have to figure out how to unscrew them first, and even if they succeeded, they would not be able to use the bulb at home. This is kind of like special coat hangers and non-standard linens in hotels. Hmm, I can’t remember any other uses of non-standard equipment for theft prevention.