Unless you're living in some weird parallel universe where plug-in light bulbs are the norm for household lighting, chances are you've had to unscrew a light bulb every now and then.
Sometimes, replacing those burnt out Edison-based bulbs can be tricky, particularly in high ceilings where those cheap, round plastic or porcelain lamp holders are used. If you've got a chair or ladder handy, no problem. But if you're replacing a bulb high above some stairs or outside on the balcony of your four-story apartment complex, you'd have to have a pretty good balancing act not to break you back.
So how do you unscrew that busted light bulb from its lamp socket safely? You think like MacGyver and grab a long stick and tape a paper cup to the end, then use it to unscrew the high-up bulb.
That's what some 14-year-old kid did nearly 50 years ago. I'm willing to bet that this was actually MacGyver as a kid. The math adds up—MacGyver was born in 1951; this kid was born in 1951. Just saying. Either way, I hope he's getting some royalty checks from all of those expensive light bulb changers I see in the stores nowadays.
Found this MacGyverism in an old Science & Mechanics magazine from 1965. Check out the full story in the picture below.
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