A few months ago, when internet cartoon The Oatmeal called upon its readers to donate money to build a museum for the work of eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, I didn't think it would happen. $850,000 is a lot of money, and the Internet often doesn't show much follow-through. But I was wrong. The IndieAGoGo campaign raised over $1.3 Million from the Internet, and the Tesla Museum is actually happening.
On Friday, a group called the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe bought 16 acres on Long Island to create a Tesla museum and science center, the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to strange and wonderful genius inventor Nikola Tesla.
Tesla inspired the name and work of 1980s heavy metal band Tesla, but is best known for establishing alternating current for the transmission of electricy and co-inventing radio. He also built an earthquake machine he said was capable of splitting the earth in half, a projector designed to project thoughts, a reciever that he believed received tranmissions from Mars, and a death-ray, the design of which he refused to write down, for fear that it would be used for world domination by an unscupulous group.
The 16-acre site contains Tesla's only surviving workshop, part of a brick laboratory designed by Stanford White. In 1904, the site featured an 18-story-high transmission tower on top of the laboratory designed to transmit energy across the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by 16 acres of land in Shoreham, Long Island.
By 1917, Tesla had sold the site for $20,000 to pay bills at the Waldorf Hotel in New York, which is kind of sad, but kind of awesome for a mad scientist.
Later in his life, Tesla fell in love with a pigeon.
Check out the video below, in which Attack of the Show speaks with Jane Alcorn of the Tesla Science Center. While watching it, remember, you probably wouldn't have a computer without the discovery and inventions of Nikola Tesla.
Source: Ars Technica
Photo: Tesla Science Center