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10 Facts About Nikola Tesla

1 comments, 440 views, posted 5:32 pm 17/11/2012 in Sci-Fi, Science & Space by evolution
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  • Tesla constructed a 142 foot high metal mast in Colorado Springs. From this he could shoot out bolts of man-made lightning over 100 feet long.

  • Tesla created the first remote control by using it on a toy boat. Demonstrated in 1898, it was considered largely useless.

  • In his later years, Tesla became increasingly eccentric. He began “communicating” with pigeons, at only boiled food, and was obsessed with the number 3.

  • Thomas Edison tried to discredit Tesla’s invention of alternating current. Edison electrocuted animals, including an elephant, using AC.

  • Tesla invented the first hydroelectric power plant. It was first used in 1896 to convert power from the Niagara Falls into electricity for New York City.

  • At the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Tesla used twelve 1000 horsepower AC generator. These were used to power 100,000 incandescent lights.

  • Tesla died in poverty at the age of 86. Two days after his death, all his belongings were seized by the U.S. government.

  • Tesla hoped his 187 foot Wardenclyffe Tower would supply the world with free wireless electricity. It was never completed and was demolished in 1917.

  • By the time of his death, Tesla had over 250 patents registered. These included the spark plug, the radio, and the Tesla coil.

  • Tesla revealed plans for a particle / Death-beam weapon during Worls War II. After secret U.S. military tests, Tesla’s papers disappeared without trace.

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11:03 pm 17/11/2012


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