"9x027 - Xenon light bulb"
Season 9, Experiment No. 269
Xenon Bulb
Upload date: January 31, 2011
Experiment Details
Microwave Used: Penelope
Experiment time: 9:09
Experiment Outcome: Bad Idea
Host(s): Jory Caron
Camera Guys(s): Jonathan Paula
Editors: Jonathan Paula
Additional Commentary: Riley McIlwain (sidekick)
Episode Guide
Previous Episode: #268: Old Spice body wash
Next Episode: #270: Bottle of beer



  • Jon said to put the bulb in for 9.9 minutes, since warp can't exceed 10, but Riley ended up using 9:09 for a time instead of 9:90.
  • This is the second noble gas the guys have microwaved, the first being the helium inside of the season 8 helium balloon.
  • Both light bulb-ing and light bulbs themselves are two of America's pastimes.
  • Jon's favorite Star Trek captain is Jean-Luc Picard.
  • Jory says that this is the "worst light bulb yet," but really, it isn't At least the xenon bulb tried to light up a bit. What did the plasma globe do?!


  • Riley: But why are we doing another light bulb?! We ALWAYS do light bulbs!

Jon: It's tradition, and it's America's pastime!

  • Jon: Why isn't it, like, lighting up like it's, like a regular light bulb used to?

Jory: Well, regular light bulbs have filaments. This just has an arc, I guess kind of like a spark plug.

  • Jon: There's a reason we do light bulbs at the end of the season- because we're always gonna have a dirty microwave at the end of the season. And we're hoping if it was a light bulb, it would be, you know, we'd be able to see it!
  • Jon: This was super lame and dumb! Don't waste your time. Sorry we wasted yours! Goodnight!


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