When I was a growing up I always was taking stuff apart and putting it back together again. Probably because of this (and maybe my unrecognised dyslexia) my parents became convinced that a 'technical' education was better suited for me than an 'academical' one. So off I went...
I ended up (well, not really; my schooling ended up...) in electronics. This, of course, gave great direction to the kind of stuff that I ended up taking apart and putting back together again. It also gave rise to the possibilities to 'improve' the stuff that I ended up taking apart and putting back together again. What did I learn from it? Mostly that the old stuff was much harder to break than the new... I must make clear that I'm talking about the early 80s, and the 'old' stuff was probably pre- 1970 or about and the 'new' post 70's. It was the time before gadgets. Relative to now, 'stuff ' still lasted reasonably well.
Something else that I clearly remember 'discovering' was the strange phenomena that was connected to the lightbulb, or, more precisely, to do with the replacing of a 'blown' one. Growing up in Holland, there was of course only one worth buying; the Mighty Philips, produced in the south of our country, in the city of Eindhoven. There were also other (read cheaper) brands, but, of course, those were not as good... One of the brands I remember clearly is Pope. Why? This was the one I would buy after the great revelation.
So what did I 'discover'? What was the moment of enlightenment? (excuse the pun..) It was what Pope stands for; Productie Overschot Philips Eindhoven.
In plain English: "Surplus Production of Philips Eindhoven"...