Many people associate the name Orville Wright with the invention of the airplane. However, Orville Wright invented — and patented — a combined mailbox and lamp:
This ethics discussion, broadcast in The Netherlands, concerns the man who lost his leg and gained a floor lamp, which we discussed here recently. Dr. Erwin Kompanje is the main medical discussant here: UPDATE: The man is trying to sell his leg/lamp on Ebay for 100,000 euros: Here’s a report about that, by HVNL:
An alternate headline for this post: “Leg of Lamp”. NRC Reader reports [in Dutch, auto-translated here into English]: I Wanted a Floor Lamp The right leg of Leo Bonten broke after a stupid accident. There was an infection, it was off. But Leo wanted to keep his leg per se. To make a lamp out […]
Some people ask why. Some ask Whynott. Today we celebrate the work of inventor John Whynott of Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA: “Input Shaft for a Lamp Adjuster,” John Whynott, US patent #7438457, Oct 21, 2008.