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Friday, 25 July 2008

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Hammer's original invention sits in the Smithsonian today -- bathed in incandescent light

US and A - The inventor of the compact flourescent lightbulb (CFL) that has been around since 1976, admitted this week that he was simply trying to make his boss look like a 'schmuck' when he came up with the idea of a spiral-shaped lightbulb.

During the forty-five minute interview with CNN's Larry King, Mr. Hammer often referred to his former boss as a 'clueless kissass' who always tried to impress the bigwigs at Generic Electric.

"He knew nothing about lightbulbs, so I handed him what I thought would be a surefire way to get him fired," said the 2002 Edison Medal winner. "Little did I know that it would have exactly the opposite effect."

CFL's continue to be widely used throughout the world today, despite the Bush Administration's unenlightened efforts to veto all U.S. Congressional legislation supporting their widespread use in place of incandescent lightbulbs.

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