Do you have adblock enabled?
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(The Oatmeal)   The Oatmeal is at it again, This time the results could be....electrifying   ( theoatmeal.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, Nikola Tesla  
•       •       •

22200 clicks; posted to Main » on 15 Aug 2012 at 8:14 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



194 Comments     (+0 »)
 
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | » | Newest | Show all

 
2012-08-15 08:49:41 PM  
"The Oatmeal is at it again"

What?

Paying for traffic?
 
2012-08-15 08:53:37 PM  

GAT_00: Am I the only person left on the Internet who doesn't think Nikola Tesla was a goddamn God?


Tesla WAS a farking genius. But horrible at business and by all accounts - a complete asshole. He was his own worse enemy.
 
2012-08-15 08:59:56 PM  

IntertubeUser: I don't get the The Oatmeal hate. WTF guys? The contrarian-for-the-sake-of-being-contrarian shiat is an old schtick.

And I think that this is a damned good cause. If you're an American, you live in a country with some really silly museums already in it. I don't see how a Tesla museum would be anything less than awesome.


Yup, certainly looks like a few Creationist Museum founders are posting here tonight.
 
2012-08-15 09:03:11 PM  

GAT_00: Am I the only person left on the Internet who doesn't think Nikola Tesla was a goddamn God?

If you propose theories but never get them working, that NOBODY has ever gotten working, that doesn't make you a genius.


He was a crazy, loner, virgin, whose greatness was completely lost on his contemporaries. You can sort of see why the Internet might take a shine to him?
 
2012-08-15 09:08:26 PM  

GAT_00: Am I the only person left on the Internet who doesn't think Nikola Tesla was a goddamn God?

If you propose theories but never get them working, that NOBODY has ever gotten working, that doesn't make you a genius.


Granted a lot of of his theories were wonky but he did discover AC, invented 3-phase electricity, and radio to name a few. A lot of those came from his wonky theories. His genius wasn't in his theories per say, rather in how he used his own theories to create things that light up our modern world and wireless communications.
 
2012-08-15 09:12:44 PM  
He took his shot, and they did him in.
 
2012-08-15 09:12:53 PM  
Hell, yeah I donated. It's about time his legacy got recognized!

/Fark you and your electrocution of animals, Edison
 
2012-08-15 09:16:22 PM  

phimuskapsi: Indiegogo at 106k already. This will be awesome! Go internet!


$133k now.
 
2012-08-15 09:17:38 PM  
I have a friend who's conspiracy-oriented (to put it nicely) and he's cetain that the US govt has reams of paper containing the schematics for all kinds of miraculous inventions but of course they're holding them all back because of the oil companies and so on.

/annoying
 
2012-08-15 09:18:21 PM  

jayhawk88: OK can we please stop with the "Tesla was going to build a moderately tall tower that would somehow supply the state/country/world with free wireless power" crap? Tesla was a genius and awesome but this is science fiction.


It's always science fiction until somebody pulls it off.

Tesla is a fascinating guy, and I think much of it is because we have a hard time telling the difference between ideas that came from his genius and that which was just his madness talking. And hell, sometimes it takes somebody who's just mentally unbalanced enough to actually think this crap up and then find a way to pull it off.

It reminds me of Under Siege 2, where the generals were explaining the madman who made the earthquake satellite- "Normal people don't think this stuff up."
 
2012-08-15 09:22:01 PM  
Yeah, so it appears they drug in over thirty grand in an hour or so. Every time I refresh the counter jumps about a thousand bucks.

www.theringlord.org
 
2012-08-15 09:22:45 PM  
Carreon climbing out from under a rock in 3... 2... ?
 
2012-08-15 09:31:39 PM  

Crude: Love will find a way.


If you want it to

/If you need me, I'll be eating at Chez Nous
 
2012-08-15 09:33:19 PM  

Robert1966: Thirded. He was a talented engineer but some of the things he believed he could do seem to require a surprising ignorance of physics.


In an era when the whole science of electricity was new, he seems to be no worse at his craft than a lot of the other inventors. He learned by doing, and made some real discoveries.

Remember Arthur C. Clarke's quote: "Any sufficiently-advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
 
2012-08-15 09:35:29 PM  

plumbicon: Robert1966: Thirded. He was a talented engineer but some of the things he believed he could do seem to require a surprising ignorance of physics.

In an era when the whole science of electricity was new, he seems to be no worse at his craft than a lot of the other inventors. He learned by doing, and made some real discoveries.

Remember Arthur C. Clarke's quote: "Any sufficiently-advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."


I much prefer Greg Bear's corollary: "Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced."


/Yay, science!
//Donated. If we can get forgiveness for Galileo, we can get recognition for Tesla
 
2012-08-15 09:37:44 PM  

GAT_00: Am I the only person left on the Internet who doesn't think Nikola Tesla was a goddamn God?

If you propose theories but never get them working, that NOBODY has ever gotten working, that doesn't make you a genius.


Well, to be fair, he's part of a trinity. I think it goes something like this, but I could be mistaken.

i46.tinypic.com

This thing changes all the time. For example, Chuck Norris used to be on there, but he was bumped by Batman.

/Tongue firmly in cheek.
//Off to donate.
///Slashies.
 
2012-08-15 09:43:02 PM  
$150K in six hours?

Screw SuperPACS, I want this guy.

He could create "Operation: F It, I'm Not Gonna Lie To You, I'm Totally Stealing It All And Blowing It All On Beer And Hookers" and have six figures by the end of the day.
 
2012-08-15 09:46:16 PM  
Seen $20,000 put towards this since posting half an hour ago. Once I get some free cash I'll be picking up a shirt package; this needs to happen.
 
2012-08-15 09:48:20 PM  
They should ask the company that has profited the most off of Tesla, Spencer Gifts.

mstatic.mit.edu
 
2012-08-15 09:50:00 PM  
I don't like The Oatmeal that much, but this seems like a great idea.
I really hope it's kept as-is as a monument to that giant of a man.
 
2012-08-15 09:52:41 PM  
This video should be required viewing at all schools across the world.
I have zero luck getting links to work, sorry in advance...

Drunk History vol. 6 w/ John C. Reilly & Crispin Glover
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gOR91oentQ

A company I used to work with actually helped setup the video feed for the Tesla Monument inaguration in Niagara Falls on the Canadian side many moons ago. Most of it is in Serbian however a good amount is in English. It was one heck of a nice day and it is an amazing monument to see in person!

Tesla Monument at Niagara Falls - I - 09.07.2006. Canada
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyJlUH7Nd0A

Tesla Monument at Niagara Falls - II - 09.07.2006. Canada
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAhREKRMwZc

Tesla Monument at Niagara Falls - III - 09.07.2006. Canada
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjPE-DBYWQQ

Tesla Monument at Niagara Falls - IV - 09.07.2006. Canada
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFmOdHqu-lc
 
2012-08-15 09:54:16 PM  

Canton: GAT_00: Am I the only person left on the Internet who doesn't think Nikola Tesla was a goddamn God?

If you propose theories but never get them working, that NOBODY has ever gotten working, that doesn't make you a genius.

Well, to be fair, he's part of a trinity. I think it goes something like this, but I could be mistaken.

[i46.tinypic.com image 850x754]

This thing changes all the time. For example, Chuck Norris used to be on there, but he was bumped by Batman.

/Tongue firmly in cheek.
//Off to donate.
///Slashies.


Needs more porn.
 
2012-08-15 09:54:57 PM  
Tesla worshiping is like Bacon worshiping. It was cool when we were doing it 10 years ago, but now every schmuck who wants to feel smart and quirky namedrops Tesla and Bacon. fark that shiat. farking fads. I hate fads.
 
2012-08-15 09:57:44 PM  

thisispete: Canton: GAT_00: Am I the only person left on the Internet who doesn't think Nikola Tesla was a goddamn God?

If you propose theories but never get them working, that NOBODY has ever gotten working, that doesn't make you a genius.

Well, to be fair, he's part of a trinity. I think it goes something like this, but I could be mistaken.

[i46.tinypic.com image 850x754]

This thing changes all the time. For example, Chuck Norris used to be on there, but he was bumped by Batman.

/Tongue firmly in cheek.
//Off to donate.
///Slashies.

Needs more porn.


Porn's part of the Holy Internet Communion. (So are cats, but that's usually a separate ritual.)

/Gotta fit both in there somehow.
 
2012-08-15 09:59:39 PM  
I guess this will make up for my love of Chick Fil A. Get bent Oatmeal. I will help to build a Tesla museum though, I guess.
 
2012-08-15 10:02:44 PM  

rocky_howard: Tesla worshiping is like Bacon worshiping. It was cool when we were doing it 10 years ago, but now every schmuck who wants to feel smart and quirky namedrops Tesla and Bacon. fark that shiat. farking fads. I hate fads.


The cool kids have moved onto Buckminster Fuller?
 
2012-08-15 10:03:41 PM  
"J.P. Morgan, you there? One hundred years ago you believed in Tesla and backed him financially. Honor his legacy and help him out again!"

"Backed him financially?"... more like "stabbed him the back". Come on Oatmeal, do a little research about the man's life before you give one of his greatest nemeses credit for helping him...
 
2012-08-15 10:03:50 PM  

revrendjim: So a museum has lots of signs, right?


i235.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-15 10:04:53 PM  

Strix occidentalis: Everyone's opinions on Tesla aside, I'd rather see the space become a science museum than a shopping center. Science museums are just so much cooler.


This times a million.
 
2012-08-15 10:06:27 PM  

Gabrielmot: "J.P. Morgan, you there? One hundred years ago you believed in Tesla and backed him financially. Honor his legacy and help him out again!"

"Backed him financially?"... more like "stabbed him the back". Come on Oatmeal, do a little research about the man's life before you give one of his greatest nemeses credit for helping him...


He's not lying, and neither are you. J.P. Morgan did give Tesla funding, but he also loved his money, so when Tesla's ideas became really expensive he refused to write him a blank check, even though he probably could have afforded it. Frankly, if anyone could ever make wireless power work it would be Tesla, though I'm pretty sure in the last few decades some small advances have been made in this area

/I know, citation needed
 
2012-08-15 10:08:43 PM  

Gabrielmot: "J.P. Morgan, you there? One hundred years ago you believed in Tesla and backed him financially. Honor his legacy and help him out again!"

"Backed him financially?"... more like "stabbed him the back". Come on Oatmeal, do a little research about the man's life before you give one of his greatest nemeses credit for helping him...


Saying "Stabbed him in the back" isn't going to get them to want to donate.
 
2012-08-15 10:11:52 PM  
media.giantbomb.com
 
2012-08-15 10:13:32 PM  
As much grief as the damned towers caused me in Red Alert and you want me to donate?

zzzzZZZZZ... fark .... POW!
 
2012-08-15 10:20:52 PM  

AntonChigger: Gabrielmot: "J.P. Morgan, you there? One hundred years ago you believed in Tesla and backed him financially. Honor his legacy and help him out again!"

"Backed him financially?"... more like "stabbed him the back". Come on Oatmeal, do a little research about the man's life before you give one of his greatest nemeses credit for helping him...

He's not lying, and neither are you. J.P. Morgan did give Tesla funding, but he also loved his money, so when Tesla's ideas became really expensive he refused to write him a blank check, even though he probably could have afforded it. Frankly, if anyone could ever make wireless power work it would be Tesla, though I'm pretty sure in the last few decades some small advances have been made in this area

/I know, citation needed


I think the Wiki take on it is probably more accurate. Morgan gave them money for experiments, and when the wireless electricity thing was thought to threaten Morgan's monopoly on copper electric lines, they killed the funding AND advised other investors to stay away.
 
2012-08-15 10:24:01 PM  
For a mere $500,000 more we'll throw in the Wilhelm Reich Orgone wing!
 
2012-08-15 10:25:10 PM  
My boyfriend will be enjoying a nice new shirt and I just got a sweet bumper sticker.
 
2012-08-15 10:38:38 PM  
He did some cool things, but the whole wireless electricity thing was totally stupid.
 
2012-08-15 10:41:16 PM  

Hand Banana: He did some cool things, but the whole wireless electricity thing was totally stupid.


YOU SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH!

Now please, explain why it was stupid.
 
2012-08-15 10:42:07 PM  

Canton: GAT_00: Am I the only person left on the Internet who doesn't think Nikola Tesla was a goddamn God?

If you propose theories but never get them working, that NOBODY has ever gotten working, that doesn't make you a genius.

Well, to be fair, he's part of a trinity. I think it goes something like this, but I could be mistaken.

[i46.tinypic.com image 850x754]

This thing changes all the time. For example, Chuck Norris used to be on there, but he was bumped by Batman.

/Tongue firmly in cheek.
//Off to donate.
///Slashies.


Where the boobies??? That's the biggest reason I pay for intrawebs.
 
2012-08-15 10:42:24 PM  

Jormungandr: Robert1966: Capt. Sparkles: GAT_00: Am I the only person left on the Internet who doesn't think Nikola Tesla was a goddamn God?

If you propose theories but never get them working, that NOBODY has ever gotten working, that doesn't make you a genius.

I more or less agree with you. He had some good ideas, but the hero worship is getting pretty old.

Thirded. He was a talented engineer but some of the things he believed he could do seem to require a surprising ignorance of physics.

Alternating current laughs at your voting. He did invent that. We still use it. And AC motors, Arc lighting (fluorescent lights anyone?) and the ever popular Tesla coil.


What's the Tesla version of Poe's Law? Cause I'm going to claim that for this post.
 
2012-08-15 10:46:59 PM  

Capt. Sparkles: I more or less agree with you. He had some good ideas, but the hero worship is getting pretty old.


I look at it the other way. We need MORE hero worship of scientists and engineers. Make them big, make them figures that kids or just people want to be, want to be like.
Sad that it's more of a bandwagon/fad thing, but it's better than nothing.

Keyser_Soze_Death: Had his funding not been cut off by politics, today we would probably have those flying cars everyone keeps biatching about.


That would be terrifying.
 
2012-08-15 10:51:40 PM  
The internet has always had a thing for misunderstood underdogs.
 
2012-08-15 10:59:08 PM  

tomcatadam: Keyser_Soze_Death: Had his funding not been cut off by politics, today we would probably have those flying cars everyone keeps biatching about.

That would be terrifyingly awesome.


FTFM
 
2012-08-15 11:01:41 PM  

tomcatadam: I look at it the other way. We need MORE hero worship of scientists and engineers. Make them big, make them figures that kids or just people want to be, want to be like.
Sad that it's more of a bandwagon/fad thing, but it's better than nothing.


i47.tinypic.com

In an age where being an intellectual will get you looked down upon more often then not (look no further than the political arena for this), putting a scientist up on the pedestal he deserves is something we NEED now. We NEED to hold our intellectuals and inventors and crazy smart people up, and encourage young people to be like them. We NEED more innovators and rule breakers and more crazy science.
 
2012-08-15 11:02:17 PM  
Sorry but The Oatmeal's deifying of Tesla coupled with his vilifying of Edison makes me want nothing to do with him or this. That's not history, it is a personally crafted narrative.
 
2012-08-15 11:08:51 PM  
i46.tinypic.com

cdn.uproxx.com
 
2012-08-15 11:18:14 PM  
most people are entirely ignorant of all of Tesla's actually working inventions


the AC electric generator

the three-phase induction motor (the motor in every factory on earth)

the AC transformer (walk out to your street, follow the humming sound)

the AC/DC rectifier , and for kicks, also the inverter.

oh, and thanks to solid-state inverters you now get....electric cars that use the 3-phase induction motor, with constant toque at all speeds and no losses. ta da
 
2012-08-15 11:19:19 PM  
For some really wacko reading about Tesla, here is a link suggesting that George H W Bush tried to run Tesla down with his car. Or something like that.
NAZI BUSH ATTACKED TESLA

/will be hiding in my bunker where I cannot be touched by reasonable people
 
2012-08-15 11:20:16 PM  

Ringshadow: tomcatadam: I look at it the other way. We need MORE hero worship of scientists and engineers. Make them big, make them figures that kids or just people want to be, want to be like.
Sad that it's more of a bandwagon/fad thing, but it's better than nothing.

[i47.tinypic.com image 410x400]

In an age where being an intellectual will get you looked down upon more often then not (look no further than the political arena for this), putting a scientist up on the pedestal he deserves is something we NEED now. We NEED to hold our intellectuals and inventors and crazy smart people up, and encourage young people to be like them. We NEED more innovators and rule breakers and more crazy science.


THIS. We need more of sweet scientific craziness that produced things like the Curiosity sky crane.
 
2012-08-15 11:22:04 PM  

Owangotang: Sorry but The Oatmeal's deifying of Tesla coupled with his vilifying of Edison makes me want nothing to do with him or this. That's not history, it is a personally crafted narrative.


I think you really need to study the history. Oatmeal's description of Edison was generous. Everything they wrote was true. If you want to see the crafted narrative, look at the history of Edison that was taught to you in schools. The winner writes the history.
 
Displayed 50 of 194 comments


Oldest | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | » | Newest | Show all


View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking

On Twitter





Top Commented
Javascript is required to view headlines in widget.
  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report