The Real Story Behind the First Light Bulb

These adorable kid experts talk bamboo, SnapChat and Thomas Edison in this not-so-accurate history lesson on the invention of the light bulb.

The Real Story Behind the First Light Bulb

These adorable kid experts talk bamboo, SnapChat and Thomas Edison in this not-so-accurate history lesson on the invention of the light bulb.


Today, on Totally Accurate History, these kid professors are shining a light on an important event in history: the creation of the lightbulb. Thanks to Thomas Edison and these kids, we can finally know what actually happened on that monumental day.

They’ve got the facts for you, and you may be surprised by how much you didn’t know about this story. But we’ll let you decide for yourself which version of the story you’ll take as truth.

Did you know that old, bearded Thomas Edison was “from Ohio,” and probably had a mustache?

Other than maintaining his facial hair, Thomas Edison had a lot of responsibility to carry. Inventing the lightbulb was no easy task for Edison; it took him a long time. As they say, history isn’t made in a day. It’s made in “like two and a half hours.”

Step one: Make a blueprint of what the lightbulb should look like. Step two: “Try out all kinds of sticks, and plants and nature.” What was the ingredient that made it all possible, according to one of the kids? Bamboo! “He lit it up and it worked,” our teacher explains. Simple as that.

“Now, today, there are all kinds of fancy lightbulbs…like chandeliers.” Thank you, Thomas Edison for making our dining halls as classy as can be.

But the lightbulb wasn’t Thomas Edison’s only invention! Check out the video above to find out his multitude of other modern-day, totally accurate inventions.


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