Monday, December 12, 2005

LimeLight. Yum.



Whodathunk?
Here it is. Defined for you. Ahhhhhh to be in the limelight.

The limelight was invented an Englishman, Thomas Drummond, about 1826.
He discovered that a piece of lime glowed brilliantly when heated by an oxygen and hydrogen flame. When placed at the focus of a parabolic reflector, it allowed him to signal from Antrim to Ben Lomond Scotland, a distance of 95 miles.

It wasn't until about 1856 that the first theatrical use seems to be made at the Princesses Theatre, London, where a lens was placed in front of a limelight to give a spotlight.

Hence. In the limelight.

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