Yeah I think the Oatmeal is hilarious! We were lucky in our highschool, we had a bit of a mad scientist electronics/biology teacher who had a full scale Tesla coil in the classroom, along with a large power supply that could feed anywhere from 1-200V AC or DC right to little knobs on our desks. We also had a jacobs ladder that was fun to play with.
I remember that tesla coil it was about 12 feet high at it's highest point, the top ball was about 2.5 feet in diameter. There was a glass plate capacitor that was about 16" square. It made a really cool sound when running, and then the teacher would hold a 4' flourescent tube light up the the coil and it would light up in his hand!!! Cool shit!
Of course most geniuses lived in poverty in their later years... Too bad!
He died in poverty BECAUSE of JP Morgan. Tesla was working on a wireless power system. Morgan had invested in copper lines. Who knows. We might have had free wi-fi power by now. But of course JP could not make money off it..so he killed the project. Sounds familiar? Again...thanks to "another" Great American...Hm?
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