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    Change the lightbulb

    This is inspired by the post about <!post=multiple choice tests,362600>multiple choice tests<!/post> . I was a nuke in the Navy (Nuclear operator....reactor plants, not weapons). The training was extensive, and there wasn't a multiple choice test in the entire program. You were graded on knowledge, not trivia. (You got more points for explaining the right answer, without knowing the actual terminology, then just writing down the right answer.)

    Anyhow, here is a question I used to ask people that came to me to qualify for a few of the watches (jobs) in the plant. I'll preface this by saying that the engine room in question supplies all utilities of the ship, from propulsion to fresh water.

    Where is the only incandescent lightbulb in the entire plant, and why?

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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    Just a random guess...

    Did you use an <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>ultraviolet light source to sterilise the water</font color=yellow></span hi>?

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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    Nope, plain old incandescent light bulb.

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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    1] Is it give some indication of the electricity supply generation, varying intensity with the voltage available?
    2] Or is it to keep the chief engineer's pet hampster warm and happy?

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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    Number 1 is VERY close. It's NOT an 'indication' light....there's a little hint. It illuminates something....but WHY?

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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    Some sort of stroboscopic effect? (I remember variable speed turntables that used a neon pulsing at 100/120Hz to 'freeze' a pattern on the side of the revolving platter....)

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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    You're pretty warm......just think about it for a bit......

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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    The exit sign?
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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    Funny, no. This is a plain old lightbulb. One you can buy in almost any store.

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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    My guess is <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow>that it illuminates the main switches to the generators</font color=yellow></span hi>.

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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    Hand-held torch as a source of emergency lighting?
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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    Drew

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow> Could it be the emergency light that switches on when something goes wrong with the reactor?</font color=yellow></span hi>

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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    What about <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow> lighting an photoelectric cell that sounds a (battery powered) warning if it looses power from the photoelectric cell</font color=yellow></span hi>
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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    Or you just hire that guy that walks around and says - "is it working now"
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    Re: Change the lightbulb

    I think I have it.

    <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold"><font color=yellow> If the plant shuts down all the lights etc will go out so you won't see where you are going, so you will need a torch to find the fuse box, or whatever.

    The incandescent bulb is in your torch. </font color=yellow></span hi>


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