The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman Gets His Tesla Museum

The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman Gets His Tesla Museum

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Nikola Tesla's New York laboratory is to become a museum dedicated to the pioneering engineer.

Indiegogo started as a way of crowdfunding film projects, but since 2009 - in the words of founder Slava Rubin - "we opened up to everything. Anything cause, anything creative, anything entrepreneurial." Apparently this also includes museums; Operation: Let's Build a Goddamn Tesla Museum started up on the 15th of this month with a goal of $850,000, the money going to purchase Tesla's old lab Wardenclyffe at Shoreham, New York. The campaign is spearheaded by The Oatmeal, which got involved when the Tesla Science Center asked Matthew Inman for help. As of today, and with 38 days still to go on the campaign, the total stands at $967,456.

This - together with a matching grant of $850,000 from New York State - gives the Tesla Science Center, a non-profit based at Wardenclyffe, enough funds to buy the site. However more money is always useful, particularly since the site itself could do with some renovation. "Even if we raise the full amount and end up with $1.7 million," says campaign organizer The Oatmeal, "this isn't enough to build an actual museum / science center. But it will effectively put the property into the right hands so it can eventually be renovated into something fitting for one of the greatest inventors of our time."

Wardenclyffe is where Tesla intended to build his Tower, a transmitter which would transmit energy wirelessly. He never had enough money to complete the project, and the tower itself was blown up during the Great War when the US government became concerned it might be used by the Kaiser's spies as a communications device, or by U-boats as a visible landmark. However the lab itself survived, and for the last fifteen years the Tesla Science Center has been trying to turn it into a museum. Fears that a developer was about to buy the site prompted The Oatmeal to get involved, and the rest is Indiegogo history.

Source: Guardian
Image: Wikipedia Commons

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Hopefully Tesla will get the respect he deserves. What society did to that man was unforgivable.

Rainboq:
Hopefully Tesla will get the respect he deserves. What society did to that man was unforgivable.

Hey it's not as though Thomas Edison stole his patent on fucking business sense.

DVS BSTrD:

Rainboq:
Hopefully Tesla will get the respect he deserves. What society did to that man was unforgivable.

Hey it's not as though Thomas Edison stole his patent on fucking business sense.

Hey it's not like Tesla was a deranged genius. Oh wait. Tesla was brilliant, but he wasn't a business man. More importantly, he didn't care about business or money beyond needing them for his experiments. That was it. He was driven more by a desire to learn, and to create, as opposed to the materialistic greed of that fucking asshole Edison who I hope burns in the 7th circle of hell (if one exists).

tesla was insane by the end of his work so no one took him seriously, everyone who goes on about him obviously watches mythbusters and has no idea about real science...

I hope there will be a wing dedicated to imaginary pigeons with laser eyes and Nabisco crackers.

His genius is still unmatched. What a great man he was. Crazy, but great.

That property is right in my town. So glad someone finally did something to ensure it's preservation.

DVS BSTrD:

Rainboq:
Hopefully Tesla will get the respect he deserves. What society did to that man was unforgivable.

Hey it's not as though Thomas Edison stole his patent on fucking business sense.

no he just stole as many as he could possibly get away with stealing because edison was a massive fucking tool. a man of science should not hold his brilliance in check, for a check. Period, end of sentence, Nikola Tesla should have been revered for his foresight and for the ideas he could put into practice right then and there. instead he was ridiculed and back stabbed on numerous occasions, and was constantly smeared by Edison at every opportunity.

Treaos Serrare:

DVS BSTrD:

Rainboq:
Hopefully Tesla will get the respect he deserves. What society did to that man was unforgivable.

Hey it's not as though Thomas Edison stole his patent on fucking business sense.

no he just stole as many as he could possibly get away with stealing because edison was a massive fucking tool. a man of science should not hold his brilliance in check, for a check. Period, end of sentence, Nikola Tesla should have been revered for his foresight and for the ideas he could put into practice right then and there. instead he was ridiculed and back stabbed on numerous occasions, and was constantly smeared by Edison at every opportunity.

Not getting the joke i see

He meant that Tesla had a poor business sense dealing with Edison.

Or maybe you just quoted the wrong person, anyway.

The Oatmeal really is someone who seems to be turning air into awesomeness

snowburst92:
tesla was insane by the end of his work so no one took him seriously, everyone who goes on about him obviously watches mythbusters and has no idea about real science...

Please do enlighten us, this should be gud.

Also, Tesla was ALWAYS insane. Genius and madness often go hand in hand.

Poor Tesla ; scumbag Edison ;_;

Finally, the mad scientists of the world can finally get the shrine they deserve. My fondest science class memories can almost all be linked back to Tesla's work, so you could say I'm a bit of a fan.

And also, I've said it before, but I'll say it again, my dream home would look -exactly- like Wardenclyffe.

NotALiberal:

snowburst92:
tesla was insane by the end of his work so no one took him seriously, everyone who goes on about him obviously watches mythbusters and has no idea about real science...

Please do enlighten us, this should be gud.

Also, Tesla was ALWAYS insane. Genius and madness often go hand in hand.

for instance he said he could split the earth in two which is a clear delusion as even a 2 year old would know thats impossible due to gravitational force

snowburst92:

NotALiberal:

snowburst92:
tesla was insane by the end of his work so no one took him seriously, everyone who goes on about him obviously watches mythbusters and has no idea about real science...

Please do enlighten us, this should be gud.

Also, Tesla was ALWAYS insane. Genius and madness often go hand in hand.

for instance he said he could split the earth in two which is a clear delusion as even a 2 year old would know thats impossible due to gravitational force

Yes, Tesla was a little mad. Bonkers. Crazy. Delusional, even. But that shouldn't invalidate his truly incredible contributions to humanity. His genius helped shape the modern world as it is today, and he's easily one of the greatest inventors in history. Dismissing all of that because he had some mental health issues is just plain wrong. I'll take insane brilliance over Edison's douchebaggery any day.

And damn, The Oatmeal is just plain awesome. For anyone who doesn't already know, there was a recent fiasco between him and a website called Funnyjunk. FJ is one of those Memebase style sites where people upload funny pictures, and it's users frequently steal material, including the Oatmeal's. He made a comic calling them out on this, and FJ's admin responded by trying to sue him for $20,000. So, Inman made this magnificent thing: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/funnyjunk_letter

Long story short, he started a fundraiser for $20,000 to give to charity instead of FJ, and wound up raising OVER $200,000. Which FJ's asshole of a lawyer seriously tried to block. Yeah. He tried to stop Inman donating to charity. Because there aren't enough reasons to hate humanity yet.

Quantumsheep:

snowburst92:

NotALiberal:

Please do enlighten us, this should be gud.

Also, Tesla was ALWAYS insane. Genius and madness often go hand in hand.

for instance he said he could split the earth in two which is a clear delusion as even a 2 year old would know thats impossible due to gravitational force

Yes, Tesla was a little mad. Bonkers. Crazy. Delusional, even. But that shouldn't invalidate his truly incredible contributions to humanity. His genius helped shape the modern world as it is today, and he's easily one of the greatest inventors in history. Dismissing all of that because he had some mental health issues is just plain wrong. I'll take insane brilliance over Edison's douchebaggery any day.

And damn, The Oatmeal is just plain awesome. For anyone who doesn't already know, there was a recent fiasco between him and a website called Funnyjunk. FJ is one of those Memebase style sites where people upload funny pictures, and it's users frequently steal material, including the Oatmeal's. He made a comic calling them out on this, and FJ's admin responded by trying to sue him for $20,000. So, Inman made this magnificent thing: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/funnyjunk_letter

Long story short, he started a fundraiser for $20,000 to give to charity instead of FJ, and wound up raising OVER $200,000. Which FJ's asshole of a lawyer seriously tried to block. Yeah. He tried to stop Inman donating to charity. Because there aren't enough reasons to hate humanity yet.

u clearly dnt know the full story then if u call thomas edison a douchebag, so i suggest you read up before stateing stuff, alot of the stuff he did someone else would have came up with if he didnt such as AC current

snowburst92:

Quantumsheep:

snowburst92:

for instance he said he could split the earth in two which is a clear delusion as even a 2 year old would know thats impossible due to gravitational force

Yes, Tesla was a little mad. Bonkers. Crazy. Delusional, even. But that shouldn't invalidate his truly incredible contributions to humanity. His genius helped shape the modern world as it is today, and he's easily one of the greatest inventors in history. Dismissing all of that because he had some mental health issues is just plain wrong. I'll take insane brilliance over Edison's douchebaggery any day.

And damn, The Oatmeal is just plain awesome. For anyone who doesn't already know, there was a recent fiasco between him and a website called Funnyjunk. FJ is one of those Memebase style sites where people upload funny pictures, and it's users frequently steal material, including the Oatmeal's. He made a comic calling them out on this, and FJ's admin responded by trying to sue him for $20,000. So, Inman made this magnificent thing: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/funnyjunk_letter

Long story short, he started a fundraiser for $20,000 to give to charity instead of FJ, and wound up raising OVER $200,000. Which FJ's asshole of a lawyer seriously tried to block. Yeah. He tried to stop Inman donating to charity. Because there aren't enough reasons to hate humanity yet.

u clearly dnt know the full story then if u call thomas edison a douchebag, so i suggest you read up before stateing stuff, alot of the stuff he did someone else would have came up with if he didnt such as AC current

"Someone else would have come up with it eventually" is not a valid argument. You can say that about every invention in existence, including Edison's. Yes, someone else would probably have EVENTUALLY figured it out, but that doesn't matter. What's important is that we acknowledge and award the inventions and feats of brilliance that did actually occur and are undeniably worth lauding. And please, enlighten me as to what parts of Edison's story I'm missing, because I've read some very nasty things about him in a lot of places. Like here: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla
Here: (#1) http://www.cracked.com/article_16072_5-famous-inventors-who-stole-their-big-idea.html
And Here: http://www.cracked.com/article_18501_7-incredible-scientific-innovations-held-back-by-petty-feuds.html

Just to name a few. The man ELECTROCUTED ANIMALS TO DEATH AS PART OF A FUCKING SMEAR CAMPAIGN. You cannot defend shit like that, let alone all the other various antics he got up to.

the guy had the buisness acumen of a nat and creating something someone else wud have made anyway doesnt make u a genius it makes u a normal inventor that got there first end of the day is he was an insane inventor who was gullable in not protecting his inventions end of idc for edisson he was a better buisness man which put him ahead and protected his stuff

"Screwed out of more money and credit than the guy who invented sex." - Spider Robinson.

Tesla deserves a museum, regardless of whether or not Edison deserves a posthumous bitchslap.

 

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