8 facts you didn’t know about lava lamps
Every once in a while, it’s fun to go on a garbage disposal job in Queens and find an object that isn’t necessarily an antique — or even rare — but instead one that just brings back a few memories. I found this lava lamp on one of these jobs not too long ago, and it took me right back to the 1970s.
To celebrate, I’m bringing you 10 fun facts that you didn’t know about lava lamps. Here they are.
- The Lava Lamp was invented in 1948 by Edward Craven Walker, a Word War II pilot who died in 2000 at the age of 82. He perfected the Lava Lamp in 1963 for mass production.
- Here’s how they work: Lava lamps are made up of a glass tube that has water and “lava.” It sits above a glass base that contains a lightbulb, which heats up the “lava” solution in the lamp and causes it to float up and down the water.
- While there are now more than 150 Lava Lamp styles and colors (and of those, no two Lava Lamps are the same), the original Lava Lamp had a gold base with yellow or blue liquid with red or white lava.
- The original name for the lava lamp was the “Astro Globe,” and it was later called the “Lava Lite.”
- Lava Lamps can be see every night on primetime TV (that’s how popular they’ve become!).
- Although Lava Lamps first became popular in the 1960s, and remained popular until the 1980s, sales of Lava Lamps in the 1990s exceed that of any other decade.
- The largest Lava Lamp in the world is 4 feet tall and holds 10 gallons of “lava” formula (which is top secret).
- The most expensive Lava Lamp was sold for $15,000.
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