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(Pravda)   Nikola Tesla was a very strange person   (english.pravda.ru ) divider line
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2003-04-21 11:40:42 AM  
And with this poorly written, slightly lame article, I hit 1000. Bow down, give me a cookie, I have no life etc..

Can I be an admin yet? ;)
 
2003-04-21 11:49:27 AM  
I really wish I remembered the name, but I read a book a couple of years ago that described all of the strange habbits of a lot of scientific and mathimatical geniuses.
 
2003-04-21 11:50:39 AM  
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2003-04-21 11:58:52 AM  
Gosh, and they didn't even mention Tesla's fear of women wearing pearls....
 
2003-04-21 12:00:59 PM  
Spider Robinson wrote Tesla into to a couple of his books. It seems like Spider has a slight obsession with the guy. Interesting reading though. Tesla did get screwed over by history, but that is mostly because he was a nutcase.
 
OBB
2003-04-21 12:09:23 PM  
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This guy doesn't seem to mind Tesla's inventions.
 
2003-04-21 12:11:08 PM  
Edison's Medicine?
 
2003-04-21 01:20:52 PM  
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2003-04-21 02:44:51 PM  
You all should read "Nikola Tesla: Man Out of Time"
Totally rad biography.
 
2003-04-21 02:45:35 PM  
Show me some non-techie who mentions Tesla.

I'll show you a wearer of tin-foil hats.

Davide
 
2003-04-21 02:46:44 PM  
Ahh...been a while since we've seen an article about old Nutty Nicky...or, to use the pseudonym he went by at the time, "Samuel Clemens."
 
2003-04-21 02:47:36 PM  
Hey wow, I have exactly 999 less articles posted than Zoobtro. Watch your back, pal.
 
2003-04-21 02:48:48 PM  
As others have pointed out before, he was a millionaire back
when that was a lot of money, who died broke while working on
an invention he said would abolish poverty. Interesting d00d.

Some of his ideas weren't exactly embraced by the rich guys
who make a lot of cash off making the poor pay electric bills
and stuff, so his place in history isn't as prominent as it
deservedly should be...
 
2003-04-21 02:49:05 PM  
Morgan didn't stop funding Tesla because he wanted a communications system - he stopped funding because Tesla's proposal for broadcast power would have no logical means of charging users for the power.
 
2003-04-21 02:49:25 PM  
"Nikola Tesla was obsessed with his work. He worked very hard, sleeping only for four hours."

4 hours? total? in his life? hot damn!
 
2003-04-21 02:49:40 PM  
Shockingly magnetic personality. Don't forget to pay OHMage. Watt am I saying? That's reVOLTing.
 
2003-04-21 02:51:17 PM  
He once stated that he could break planet Earth into pieces, he just needed a good vibrating device for that.

Using his alternating current technology, Sexco, maker of fine sex toy products, released the Ultra-Vibe Pleasure 1957 (precursor to the 2000 model).
 
2003-04-21 02:51:19 PM  
SavageWombat - Probably didn't have anything to do with him spouting off that he was in contact with aliens though. Most employers love that sort of thing. Tesla was a nutjob.
 
2003-04-21 02:53:43 PM  
EatHam:

I thought that, in those days, employers liked having nutjobs in their engineering departments. It's part of the whole "mad scientist" image, shows you're cutting edge.
 
2003-04-21 02:54:13 PM  
Read the original in Russian: http://science.pravda.ru/science...(Translated by: Dmitry Sudakov)

That explains the roughness of the text.
 
2003-04-21 02:54:18 PM  
It must be fun to shoot fifty eleven skidillion volts into the sky and watch it come back to earth and explode several miles away!
 
2003-04-21 02:54:48 PM  
Tesla ran some experiments on Pikes Peak in Colorado. Some of the effects he was able to create are still unexplained.
 
2003-04-21 02:56:00 PM  
And the sign says "No long hair freaky people need not post replies",
So I tucked my armpit hair in my shirt and I e mailed Drew to ask him why,
He said "You write like a fine outstanding young man, I don't mind if you do",
Then I replied to his e mail, I flamed "Imagine that, huh, me getting a response from a inbred Kentucky hick like you !"
Signs, signs, everywhere a sign,
Cluttering up the webpage, breaking up my mind,
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign ?
 
2003-04-21 02:56:12 PM  
Gotta love those wacky geniuses....Nick Tesla and Frank Zappa.

We wouldn't have advanced so far withouth them!
 
2003-04-21 02:57:10 PM  
Sounds like an interesting guy - the terrible translation notwithstanding

But I'm just left with one question: Is this guy "Tesla" the namesake of the "Tesla Coil" weapon used in the online game Team Fortress?

Just wondering, because in the game a Tesla Coil is basically a wire coiled around which attracts lightning strikes to obliterate your enemies

Woo TFC!!!
 
2003-04-21 02:57:20 PM  
SavageWombat - Nutjobs are one thing - Edison wasn't too normal either; but this guy talked to aliens, shot lightning at people from 20 miles away, and said that he could shake the earth apart.
 
2003-04-21 02:57:48 PM  
By the end of his life, Tesla was probably certifiable insane. See how a life of production yet getting screwed over because you're not out for the buck affects you. Too bad his tower was disassembled before it came to fruition.

The guy was, as the saying goes, a man out of time. Can't wait for some of his unresearched (by others) concepts to be evaluated with modern materials. History will record his rightful place sooner or later. It hasn't yet.
 
2003-04-21 02:58:29 PM  
Sign of the times: When someone thinks a tesla coil originated in a video game, scientific history has been lost.
 
2003-04-21 02:59:33 PM  
Peetah

Yep yep, same guy. Tesla Coils are also used in a few of the Command & Conquer games to Zap infantry and tanks.

The noise the dog made when zapped was classic
 
2003-04-21 02:59:56 PM  
love song
 
2003-04-21 03:00:51 PM  
Fer christ sakes people, Tesla Coils!
 
2003-04-21 03:00:56 PM  
Tadpole--that was horrible...horribly funny in a techie kinda way....
 
2003-04-21 03:01:07 PM  
Ebawb,

Someone didn't go to public school

/just kidding
 
2003-04-21 03:01:30 PM  
Ebawb...when you see this happening, give the little gold stick-on star to the kid and move on knowing he/she will be slinging them fies to you sometime soon in a fast food joint near you!
 
2003-04-21 03:02:27 PM  
Big_Guy_FL thanks for the tip.
 
2003-04-21 03:02:44 PM  
Also, he was a cowboy of the modern day.

There, an ObButtrockReference, k?
 
2003-04-21 03:02:54 PM  
fies = fries...damn it

Big fingers.....
 
2003-04-21 03:04:52 PM  
ahhh....Canada

well...that expalins a lot..
 
2003-04-21 03:06:35 PM  
Best experiment: take a Serbian and a Croatian then ask them Tesla's nationality. watch Fireworks ensue.
 
2003-04-21 03:08:24 PM  
Everyone who was born in/lived in the 1800's was strange.
 
2003-04-21 03:09:01 PM  
Let's not forget about this great invention...

[image from command-conquer.ru too old to be available]
 
2003-04-21 03:09:34 PM  
Bukharin but it was a beautiful time for technology. You know, when Science worked in broad sweeping gestures....
 
2003-04-21 03:09:39 PM  
Nikola Tesla was a very strange person... IN HIS PANTS!!1!11!!!11119
 
2003-04-21 03:11:12 PM  
When I was in junior high school, Red Alert was probably one of the most popular games around - people would obsess over that, playing it day and night.

One day, my science teacher brought a real life tesla coil to school (if you've seen one, you know that it's nowhere near as spectacular as the Red Alert brand.) Basically the coil just creates static electricity and makes people's hair float.

In anycase, the second he brought that out, one particularly pasty faced kid who clearly had been playing too much red alert screamed like a banshee and ran out of the classroom... I'm guessing he was afraid or something.
 
2003-04-21 03:12:26 PM  
Does the term paranoid megalomania mean anything to ANYONE else in here?
 
2003-04-21 03:12:27 PM  
http://www.pbs.org/tesla/ll/index.html

Try reading a real article about Tesla. The guy was freakin' brilliant, if eccentric.

Pravda could write an article about Einstein and he would come out sounding like Colonel Sanders.
 
2003-04-21 03:15:55 PM  
His metal nose was uber hip tho.

He was an incredibly interesting dude.
 
2003-04-21 03:19:59 PM  
i just love it when idiots discuss the mind of a genius.
it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, knowing that at the end of the day a man like tesla gets fark, even after his death, people still readily ridicule the guy, who of all people, is the one whose inventions give you the ability to use a computer or anything electric on a convenient and feasible basis, the person who possibly even makes your life what it is, one way or another. i suppose though, if he did use resonant frequencies to cause massive destruction, then you'd praise him for his foresight? or would you just make another lame cliche reference?
 
2003-04-21 03:20:57 PM  
I agree with everyone here... cool guy and bio -terrible article.
 
2003-04-21 03:21:20 PM  
Metal nose? Wasn't that Tycho Brahe who had that?
 
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