PEP8 and 4 spaces

Gregory Ewing greg.ewing at
Sat Jul 5 10:57:14 CEST 2014

Rick Johnson wrote:
> Why is a handheld light
> called a flashlight? It does not flash,

According to Wikipedia, originally it did:

"Early flashlights ran on zinc–carbon batteries, which could not provide a 
steady electric current and required periodic 'rest' to continue functioning. 
Because these early flashlights also used energy-inefficient carbon-filament 
bulbs, "resting" occurred at short intervals. Consequently, they could be used 
only in brief flashes, hence the common American name flashlight."

Of course, in sane parts of the world, we
call them torches. :-)


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