Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A real father of 20th-century technology
A history lesson from the very funny Cracked
Edison did not invent the light bulb. He was not the smartest scientist around — not by a long shot. He did, however, hire a brilliant man named Nikola Tesla, who luckily was.

Tesla is responsible for radio, microwaves, primitive radar systems and the electricity we use today, which Edison gets credit for.

Don’t forget to add Marconi to the list of assholes who stiffed Tesla. Marconi gets credit for the invention of the radio, yet it was Tesla’s creation.

The truth is that Edison hired Tesla to redesign his electrical generators. Tesla did, but when he asked for the $50,000 he was promised, Edison replied, and this is a direct quote, “Tesla, you don’t understand our American humor,” and paid him only in middle fingers.

Tesla quit and tried to strengthen his electrical discoveries in an effort to provide free energy for the entire world, but Edison and his thugs at General Electric devoted time not spent on stealing patents to making sure that the rest of the scientific community thought Tesla was crazy and dangerous. Tesla died alone and in serious amounts of debt. Edison died on a pile of money in a “Suck it, Tesla” T-shirt that he did not design.
Speaking of light bulbs I’m not keen on the CFL craze.

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