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Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), the innovative physicist and engineer, had a hand in the invention of the light bulb, the radio, the transistor and the X-ray, but he never got public credit for his work. Some consider Tesla "the greatest geek who ever lived," and now Matt Inman, creator of humor website The Oatmeal is working to save the great scientist's old laboratory.

According to The Oatmeal, a non-profit organization wants to purchase the land to build a Nikola Tesla Museum. Inman launched an Indiegogo campaign for the cause, and if he can raise $850,000, the state of New York will match the amount, bringing the total funds raised to $1.7 million.

"Nikola Tesla was an unsung hero in the history books," Inman told Forbes' Greg Voakes when explaining the reasoning behind The Oatmeal's push for action.

"He gave us so much and we gave him so little in return. The fact that there’s no physical Tesla Museum in the United States is a testament to this. Tesla’s rival, Thomas Edison, has multiple sites which honor his achievements, but Tesla’s got some little memorials here and there but no real museum here. This is something that needs to be fixed," he added.
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I posted this up after seeing it on Attack of the Show. I never knew who Tesla was until I looked up Nvidia Tesla awhile ago.
Edited by Bitech - 8/21/12 at 12:01pm
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Love this. He almost has the money too. A friend of mine sent me this right after it went up.
    
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Tesla tore up his contract for royalty payments with Westinghouse to save them from going bankrupt, giving up millions of dollars.

Modern companies should take notes.
    
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This is truly admirable.
I really hope he makes it, and it look like he's almost there upon visiting the website from the source.
It's really sad very few people know about Nikola Tesla.
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This is awesome.
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This is awesome.

This. Best thing I've heard all day.
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stupid Thomas edison, tricking tesla

yes, I learned that from one of the oatmeal publications

edison is a pile of monkey doo doo tongue.gif

anyways, i feel tesla is one of the most unappreciated people out there
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I love Telsa. If it wasn't for him how could I make jokes about the Telsa Coil in Red Alert and call it the Testicle when I was like 10yrs old? Edison never had any jokes for me.
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I love Telsa. If it wasn't for him how could I make jokes about the Telsa Coil in Red Alert and call it the Testicle when I was like 10yrs old? Edison never had any jokes for me.

Really now... you've never heard "how many___________ (fill in the blank) does it take to screw in a light bulb?" jokes?

Hope this guy isn't buying the lab to tear it apart looking for the fabled Tesla ray gun tongue.gif
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Or the earthquake machine!
    
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