Nikola Tesla Day

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla. Image from Wikimedia.

Today is the 156th anniversary of the birth of Nikola Tesla. On this day, geekdom celebrates his astounding genius, world-changing inventions and batshit craziness. For those not familiar with Tesla, let’s just say he makes Sheldon from “Big Bang Theory” look like an Average Joe.

Much has been said about the rivalry between Tesla and Thomas Edison, who was said to have exploited and ripped off Tesla while he was an employee. I’ll add that Edison was never cool enough to be portrayed by David Bowie.

David Bowie as Nikola Tesla

David Bowie (left) as Nikola Tesla in the movie, “The Prestige.” Image from Popular Mechanics.

The web comic, The Oatmeal, has published an homage to Tesla. It is informative, hilarious, touching and profane. It is also a bitter indictment against Edison. Not work safe. I do recommend reading it to learn more about this amazing man to whom we owe so much.

Nikola Tesla by The Oatmeal

This is just a portion of the whole comic. See the rest here.

If you get a chance, watch “The Prestige,” a very cool and wicked movie. It’s available for streaming on Amazon and VUDU.

One thought on “Nikola Tesla Day

  1. Reblogged this on IntrovertedKnitter and commented:
    Today is the anniversary of Tesla’s birthday. For those of you unfamiliar with this man, feel free to check out the reblog. I do have to say I only heard about Tesla a year or two ago, but since then I have read up on him from time to time. A pretty cool dude and one who deserves the credit owed to him.

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