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Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla!

Posted By Alejandra Owens On July 10, 2009 @ 11:25 am In Entertainment | 2 Comments

teslapic00.jpgAs I discussed here earlier, I don’t have a great track record when it comes to wishing living people happy birthdays. So today I’m going to try something a little different and go with celebrating the birth of Nikola Tesla who has safely been dead [1] for over 60 years.

He was born on July 10th, 1856.

Tesla was an absolute genius who eventually held over 700 patents [2]. You might recognize one of his inventions, a little thing called electricity. He didn’t invent electricity itself, but rather the idea of using alternating current which is what lets all of us use electricity without needing to live 2 miles from a power plant (take that Edison [3]). Pretty nice contribution there.

He did have some ideas which were pretty far out there [4] but they can’t all be winners.

All of this and his name is barely recognized these days. Check out this clip for a little more info on Tesla:
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[1] safely been dead: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/07/happy-birthday-nikola-tesla/

[2] 700 patents: http://www.lucidcafe.com/library/96jul/tesla.html

[3] take that Edison: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/nov/15/ac_wins_war_currents_nyc/

[4] pretty far out there: http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=703

[5] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt8Y93k0pB0

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