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The Oatmeal's Fundraiser Tops $1M Toward Tesla Museum 63

The Oatmeal's call to raise funds for a museum celebrating Nikola Tesla seems to have electrified enough people. From Digital Trends: "The Oatmeal has raised over $1 million on IndieGoGo in an effort to secure Wardenclyffe, the site of Tesla's final laboratory, to build a museum dedicated to Tesla. ... [Oatmeal founder and artist Matthew] Inman’s original goal of $850,000 would buy just half of the cost of the property, but the state of New York has agreed to match contributions, bringing total funds up to $1.7 million. Raising the capital to build a museum from the property will be another cost, but from the looks of it, with 36 days left and having already surpassed the $1 million mark, there should be funds to spare."
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The Oatmeal's Fundraiser Tops $1M Toward Tesla Museum

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  • This is great news (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 26, 2012 @10:21AM (#41128981)

    I very recently visited Zagreb, Croatia and went to the technical museum there. It holds a permanent Tesla exhibition with daily shows featuring some of his more prominant works in action.

    Still, it was very lacking in both information and content. The exhibitioner was not able to perform the show in English (for a mostly non-croat audience), and did not have sufficient understanding of the technology to discuss it in his native language. They did not seem to understand how, exactly, the inventions work. Which, sadly, holds true for many of physicists in this world.

    I have great expectations of this museum, and I sincerely hope that it will bring justice to the genius that was Tesla. I hope they find skilled physicists who can convey the physics behind the inventions to visitors, and to hold shows that will capture the attention and minds of the young.


  • He did (Score:5, Informative)

    by aNonnyMouseCowered ( 2693969 ) on Sunday August 26, 2012 @10:38AM (#41129081)

    "If only he had gotten as much attention as the media now tend to spend on famous trash, the world would be a much better place."

    Tesla was actually quite famous in his day. His fame might have fallen by the time he died, but Time magazine did feature him in its cover. See: []

    Surely, at a time where TV broadcasting was in its infancy at best, appearing on the cover of Time is as good a claim a fame as appearing on Fox News or American Idol.

    Blame his failure to equal the status of Edison, not to mention Einstein, on his decision to withdraw from society in his later years.

  • by Ken_g6 ( 775014 ) on Sunday August 26, 2012 @10:50AM (#41129157) Homepage

    There's apparently one in Belgrade []. There is another small one in Colorado Springs [] - I've been there.

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