Now that was one good idea with considerable staying power.
Thomas Alva Edison's incandescent lightbulb finished a 130-year-run as the most prominent invention of modern times.
Edison, who was born in Milan, changed the world in 1879 when he brought indoor electric light to homes across the country with his new invention. It'a been a staple the world over ever since but as of this year it's out of production and can't be imported into the United States. The phaseout of the incandescent light began in 2007, with federal legislation favoring more energy efficient lighting sources.
Edison's invention was so universally accepted it even came to symbolizes the word "idea."
Not bad for a kid from Milan.