Stress Powered Light Bulb
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Stress Powered Light Bulb refers to a series of exploitable webcomics based on the work of Mr. Lovenstein. In the comic, an inventor reveals the stress-powered light bulb. He then whispers a stressor to his test subject holding the bulb, which causes the bulb to illuminate a blinding light. Online, people have replaced the original comic's stressor with something that generates heated debate, such as politics.
On September 27th, 2017, webcomics artist and writer Mr. Lovenstein published a comic entitled "Stress Test." In the comic an inventor asks a person to try their "stress powered light bulb." The inventor then whispers the word "debt" in the tester's ear, causing the bulb to illuminate a blinding light that can be seen from space.
That day, Mr. Lovenstein posted the comic to Facebook,  where it received more than 13,000 reactions, 5,200 shares and 370 comments in less than 24 hours. On Twitter,  @MrLovenstein's tweet received more than 330 retweets and 1,000 likes in 24 hours.
The next day, Mr. Lovenstein posted the original comic to the /r/comics subreddit, where it received more than 4,000 points and 70 comments in two hours.
On September 27th, Redditor  tastyredballoon posted a variation of comic, in which the third panel contains the word "politics" instead of "debt," on the /r/MemeEconomy subreddit. The post (shown below) received more than 480 points (96% upvoted) in less than 24 hours.
Shortly after, the comic appeared on the /r/DankMemes subreddit. Redditor HayItsProsandwich posted a variation (shown below, left) with the question "are traps gay" instead of "debt." They also replaced the fourth panel with a realistic depiction of a blinding light shooting from the earth. Within 24 hours, the post received more than 1,000 points (97% upvoted) and 40 comments.
Throughout the day, more Redditors posted variations (shown below, center and right).
 Mr. Lovenstein – Comic 910
 Facebook – MrLovenstein's Post
 Twitter – @MrLovenstein's Tweet
 Reddit – Limitless potential with this one. Very easy to customize and can be used from the most broad the most specific relatable content scenarios
 Reddit – the hard hitting question
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