The Little Switch →

Kevin Nguyen · The Atlantic ·

“In an episode of Friends, Monica becomes obsessed with a light switch that, according to Joey, does ‘nothing.’ Monica, convinced that it must control something in the apartment (‘They wouldn’t have put it there if it didn’t do something!’), begins an obsessive hunt to uncover what the switch does. Though it’s scarcely more than a silly subplot, Monica’s dilemma exposes an interesting household problem: Every home seems to have a mysterious light switch somewhere–near the back door, next to the porch light, at the basement stairs, along a row in the den. A light switch that does nothing….”