A lava lamp (or Astro lamp) is a decorative novelty item, invented by British accountant Edward Craven-Walker in 1963. The lamp contains blobs of colored wax inside a glass vessel filled with clear liquid; the wax rises and falls as its density changes due to heating from an incandescent light bulb underneath the vessel. The appearance of the wax is suggestive of pāhoehoe lava, hence the name. The lamps are designed in a variety of styles and colours.
Other articles related to "lava lamp, lamp, lava lamps":
... Myth statement Status Notes...a lava lamp Confirmed All lava lamp tests produced violent reactions ... The reactions differed depending on the lamp's design ... When lava lamps with safety caps exploded, they vented their contents out through the top of the lamp because of the safety cap popping off (as designed) ...
... Lava Lavarand, a random number generator that used lava lamps ... Plasma globe ...
... was killed during an attempt to heat up a lava lamp on his kitchen stove while closely observing it from only a few feet away ... heat from the stove built up pressure in the lamp until it exploded, spraying shards of glass with enough force to pierce his chest, with one shard piercing his heart and causing fatal injuries ... such an attempt, the resulting spray of hot liquid from the lamp could easily cause severe burns to anyone nearby ...
Famous quotes containing the words lamp and/or lava:
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp! cries she
With silent lips. Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me;
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
—Emma Lazarus (18491887)
“We walk on molten lava on which the claw of a fly or the fall of a hair makes its impression, which being received, the mass hardens to flint and retains every impression forevermore.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)