The big light bulb moment

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AlexanderIII

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Russian

Hi, everybody!
This phrase from the film Murder of Crows is pronounced by an Austrian scientist in German. In the script I have it in English.

They (the crows) are on a very high level that is truly comparable with apes. And that was the big light bulb moment for all of us, for me, my colleagues and other researchers too.

Does he mean that this conclusion was quite unexpected, a sort of revelation for him, his colleagues etc?
 
  • Tazzler

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    American English
    Yes. Have you ever seen a cartoon or something when someone has an idea a lightbulb pops up over their head? It's the same idea. The lightbulb represents revelation, enlightenment, sudden understanding.
     
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