Happy 50th Anniversary: To The Lava Lamp

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    Happy 50th Anniversary: To The Lava Lamp

    And yes, I have owned a few back in the day.

    Lava Lampís 50 Years of Gooey Light

    As much a part of the sixties as beaded vests, flower power, and organ solos, the Lava Lamp illuminated many a late-night jam session. At the half-century mark, the lamp has lost some of its allure, but its globules of light still brighten plenty of tapestry-strewn rooms around the world.

    Invented by British accountant Edward Craven-Walker, the first Lava Lamp appeared in stores 50 years ago today. It was called the Astro Lamp and was inspired by a liquid filled egg timer Craven-Walker saw in a pub. The air bubbles of the liquid-filled timer would be replaced with a combination of wax and carbon tetrachloride. When heated by the bulb at the base of the lamp, the wax compound creates psychedelic, slow-moving bubbles capable of transfixing the stoned and non-stoned alike.

    The lamp became the must-have accessory for apartments, dorm rooms, and low-level cults during the í60s and í70s. They fell out of favor in the í80s and were replaced by those creepy, ultra-pale Nagel paintings. In the 1990s, Craven-Walker sold the company to Cressida Granger, who changed the name from Crestworth to Mathmos. The name is taken from a lake of lava in the 1968 science-fiction film Barbarella.
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    I remember having one of these in the house as a kid. As I recall, it had blue "lava." It was, indeed, fascinating.
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    EdwardCravenWalker.com -- inventor of the lava lamp.


    Of course, some would say it's officially one of those "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" types of things ...

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    Lava lamps were really neat. I had one. They were much heavier than the reproductions they make now.
    Kind of mesmerizing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanlouise View Post
    Lava lamps were really neat. I had one. They were much heavier than the reproductions they make now.
    Kind of mesmerizing.
    "Mesmerizing"... Yeah, a lot of things were mesmerizing back in those days...
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    If you were under age 25 in the early 70's, you had lava lamps. Probably had a black light or two as well. What's "in" comes and goes....and, sometimes, it comes again. The fads of the day are the bookmarks that note our time in history.
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    My 11 year-old daughter got one for her last birthday. She loves it. No, we have not started drug testing yet.

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    Every home in America had to have at least one of the lamps .
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    I turned ours on just last week. It is in a prominent place in the family room bookcase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    "Mesmerizing"... Yeah, a lot of things were mesmerizing back in those days...
    I don't remember things being mesmerizing in those days. Heck I barely remember anything from those days.
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    I remember when me and Clark and Jennifer.......um...well..naaaaa....too embarrassing to tell y'all that story...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NONAME762 View Post
    I remember when me and Clark and Jennifer.......um...well..naaaaa....too embarrassing to tell y'all that story...
    I hope Clark is a girls name
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    Quote Originally Posted by welder516 View Post
    I hope Clark is a girls name
    That's why it's embarrassing...
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