You can make a light bulb out of a pickle. No, really:
Don't fry yourself trying this please.
Notice, "Plug in..." comes LAST! Keep in mind, you are dealing with LIVE AC! Use common sense and all possible caution! I grabbed ahold of one of the wires while discussing it infront of a group of Physics Pholks at Rutgers a few years back and got a rude awakening! Made the demo much more interesting for the audience, but ruined my day (not to mention my shorts...).
- Get a pickle.
- Jam electrical wires into opposite ends of said pickle.
- Plug wires into AC socket.