The Rural Electrification Administration in Washington received a letter one day from a man living in a mountainous area in West Virginia State.
The letter inquired about how to avoid burning his hands. Perplexed as to why this man had chosen their office to inquire about avoiding burns, they responded by asking if the letter was really intended for their office. The exchange of letters revealed a surprising fact.
Every room of this man’s home had been completely wired, but he had only one light bulb. Every time he moved from one room to another, he unscrewed the light bulb, took it to the room it was needed, and screwed it in there.
Electricity had finally reached the man’s house deep in the mountains, many years later than the urban areas. The electrician had left only one light bulb for him. He was used to moving around his house with a candle holder in his hand, so naturally, he did the same with the light bulb. As a result, each time he unscrewed the hot light bulb, his hands got burned, a nuisance he suffered every day. He desperately needed advice from someone. Where else would he have thought of asking for help but the government office that had brought him the light bulb?