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(Gothamist)   Did you know Thomas Edison was really into cat boxing? That and other things you might not have known about him on his 166th birthday   (gothamist.com) divider line 136
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2013-02-11 03:04:17 PM

MrSin666: My girlfriend can't fight but you should see her box.


OK, sign me up...
 
2013-02-11 03:05:02 PM

MrSin666: My girlfriend can't fight but you should see her box.


We have......
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2013-02-11 03:05:12 PM

Dog Welder: Also, he's apparently really old.  166th birthday?  Wow.


Most people just abbreviate "The 166th anniversary of his birthday" as "His 166th birthday", just like you drop that bit when you describe your birthday. But I can see how you'd get confused.
 
2013-02-11 03:05:47 PM

oldfarthenry: Didn't Edison electrocute stray cats & dogs in public to discredit Tesla's alternating current?


Sometimes he'd do it to people's pets who were plucked from their yards. Happens when you promise a nickle to kids for every animal they'd round up.

He also may have been responsible for an elephant going mad so that he'd have an excuse to kill it too.

F*ck that guy.

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2013-02-11 03:06:04 PM
An idea-stealing douchenozzle... sounds like that era's Steve Jobs.
 
2013-02-11 03:06:27 PM

sloshed_again: oldfarthenry: Didn't Edison electrocute stray cats & dogs in public to discredit Tesla's alternating current?
The man was a bit of a dick.

Yes and a DICK to humans too.


Yeah, but on the other hand he wasn't so pant-shiattingly insane that he was incapable of taking care of himself or marketing his products to actually help people.  if it weren't for Edison stealing some of his ideas and Westinghouse's charity most of them never would have seen the light of day and just been the journalistic ramblings of a madman.
 
2013-02-11 03:08:00 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-11 03:08:39 PM
Edik Fucison.   Tes Yesla.
 
2013-02-11 03:13:26 PM

sleeper2995: Even though I know Telsa is god. Edison still gets major props for the fact he electrocuted all kinds of stuff just to see what would happen.


Edison's animal electrocutions were not experiments, they were marketing gimmicks.  He was attempting to persuade people that Westinghouse's AC distribution system was more dangerous than Edison's DC distribution system.

Also, giving someone "props" for killing animals for no reason makes you sound like a budding serial killer, or, at best, an asshole.
 
2013-02-11 03:13:29 PM
Yeah, he does look like an arrogant prick.

The Steve Jobs of his time, apparently.  Wildly loved and successful seller of technology that tends to be a total douche to those around him.
 
2013-02-11 03:14:30 PM

Tiberius Gracchus: Yeah, but on the other hand he wasn't so pant-shiattingly insane that he was incapable of taking care of himself or marketing his products to actually help people.  if it weren't for Edison stealing some of his ideas and Westinghouse's charity most of them never would have seen the light of day and just been the journalistic ramblings of a madman.


If Tesla wouldn't have shown Edison how to replace oxygen with an inert gas you would not see at night.
 
2013-02-11 03:17:39 PM
Edison was one of America's greatest con artists, assholes, and psychopaths. It's no wonder history looked so favorably on him.
 
2013-02-11 03:18:56 PM

sloshed_again: Tiberius Gracchus: Yeah, but on the other hand he wasn't so pant-shiattingly insane that he was incapable of taking care of himself or marketing his products to actually help people.  if it weren't for Edison stealing some of his ideas and Westinghouse's charity most of them never would have seen the light of day and just been the journalistic ramblings of a madman.

If Tesla wouldn't have shown Edison how to replace oxygen with an inert gas you would not see at night.


Hard to believe that nobody would have figured it out after Tesla, though.
 
2013-02-11 03:19:09 PM

sloshed_again: Tiberius Gracchus: Yeah, but on the other hand he wasn't so pant-shiattingly insane that he was incapable of taking care of himself or marketing his products to actually help people.  if it weren't for Edison stealing some of his ideas and Westinghouse's charity most of them never would have seen the light of day and just been the journalistic ramblings of a madman.

If Tesla wouldn't have shown Edison how to replace oxygen with an inert gas you would not see at night.


That's my point.  Tesla would have used it to try to create another COBRA-esque superweapon, squandered his funding to develop it further and we'd have lost that information.
 
2013-02-11 03:20:06 PM

MrSin666: My girlfriend can't fight but you should see her box.


That means two things!

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2013-02-11 03:22:29 PM
I am just here to voice my contempt for Edison, but I see that has been covered.

Glad to see the fable being exposed.
 
2013-02-11 03:28:29 PM
You know who else was a dick was JP Morgan.
 
2013-02-11 03:28:32 PM

sleeper2995: Even though I know Telsa is god. Edison still gets major props for the fact he electrocuted all kinds of stuff just to see what would happen.



Not quite. It wasn't for some sort of scientific curiousity. He knew what would happen, he was making public demonstrations of it because he was trying to besmirch a competitor's products.

Kind of like if Ronald McDonald was showing up at state fairs to kill stolen house pets with poisoned Burger King cheeseburgers. And an elephant. It proved nothing, served no research purpose, it was simply a deceitful kind of early viral marketing campaign. I think he even pretended to be shilling for the competitors product sometimes when making his demonstrations, if memory serves.

Edison was a dick in pretty much every way.
 
2013-02-11 03:28:49 PM
MrSin666: My girlfriend can't fight but you should see her box.

We have.
We have.

/echo
 
2013-02-11 03:28:55 PM
Don't get it.
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2013-02-11 03:32:10 PM

mongbiohazard: Edison was a dick in pretty much every way.


That about sums it up.
 
2013-02-11 03:35:21 PM

Treygreen13: Hard to believe that nobody would have figured it out after Tesla, though.


Imagine that. Nobody did.
 
2013-02-11 03:35:21 PM
Haha, history now deems you a thieving, egotistical coont.

That's all that people know of you nowadays. And something about a bulb which you didn't even invent.
 
2013-02-11 03:39:40 PM

MBooda: Don't get it.
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You can order pussy from Staples? I have a Staples account...
 
2013-02-11 03:40:04 PM

Tiberius Gracchus: sloshed_again: oldfarthenry: Didn't Edison electrocute stray cats & dogs in public to discredit Tesla's alternating current?
The man was a bit of a dick.

Yes and a DICK to humans too.

Yeah, but on the other hand he wasn't so pant-shiattingly insane that he was incapable of taking care of himself or marketing his products to actually help people.  if it weren't for Edison stealing some of his ideas and Westinghouse's charity most of them never would have seen the light of day and just been the journalistic ramblings of a madman.


There is a fine line between genius and madness, and Tesla would pogo-stick back and forth across it with dizzying speed.
 
2013-02-11 03:41:02 PM
Tesla:
Ten out of ten. Would fark.
 
2013-02-11 03:41:23 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: MBooda: Don't get it.
[tomecat.com image 540x405]

You can order pussy from Staples? I have a Staples account...


I tried that once but they sent an office chair instead. Would not buy again.
 
2013-02-11 03:41:51 PM
He was also a cokehead, which goes to show that there doesn't exist a cokehead that isn't a complete asshole.
 
2013-02-11 03:41:58 PM

Tiberius Gracchus: That's my point.  Tesla would have used it to try to create another COBRA-esque superweapon, squandered his funding to develop it further and we'd have lost that information.


I want to see one of you create wireless electric like tesla did.
 
2013-02-11 03:42:28 PM

loki see loki do: MrSin666: My girlfriend can't fight but you should see her box.

We have.
We have.

/echo


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2013-02-11 03:43:08 PM

give me doughnuts: There is a fine line between genius and madness, and Tesla would pogo-stick back and forth across it with dizzying speed.


I think a scientist pogosticking through his lab, replete with the eponymous coils is a strong enough mental image to answer the question of his sanity :)
 
2013-02-11 03:45:06 PM

give me doughnuts: We all already know he was douchebag patent-thief who got off on eletrocuting animals. What else do we really need to know?


This. Thank you.

What a sicko, seriously WTF?
 
2013-02-11 03:46:27 PM

sloshed_again: TESLA rules. Nobody mention that Edison wouldn't let Tesla use his light@ at the worlds fair



I believe Edison bulbs were used, but Tesla's alternating current, generated in one of the big exhibit halls (how cool must that have been to see?) provided the power to light them.

If I could time travel to one event in history, the 1893 world's fair would be extremely high on my list.
 
2013-02-11 03:47:08 PM

KatjaMouse: oldfarthenry: Didn't Edison electrocute stray cats & dogs in public to discredit Tesla's alternating current?

Sometimes he'd do it to people's pets who were plucked from their yards. Happens when you promise a nickle to kids for every animal they'd round up.

He also may have been responsible for an elephant going mad so that he'd have an excuse to kill it too.

F*ck that guy.

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I am seriously digging that picture.
 
2013-02-11 03:48:01 PM

sloshed_again: I want to see one of you create wireless electric like tesla did.


I'd like to see you take someone else's inventions and use them to become richer than God like Edison did.  If that's the criteria for criticizing people I mean. Unless you're Steve Job's Ghost or Bill Gates that's a totally irrelevant statement.
 
2013-02-11 03:52:19 PM
No one mentioned that the only thing that could make Tesla better was being portrayed by David Bowie.
 
2013-02-11 03:53:54 PM

destrip: sloshed_again: TESLA rules. Nobody mention that Edison wouldn't let Tesla use his light@ at the worlds fair


I believe Edison bulbs were used, but Tesla's alternating current, generated in one of the big exhibit halls (how cool must that have been to see?) provided the power to light them.

If I could time travel to one event in history, the 1893 world's fair would be extremely high on my list.



I'd go back to early 1940, and hand him the cash to build his "Teleforce Beam" installation.

EAT HOT DEATH-RAYS, YOU NAZI BASTARDS!!1!
 
2013-02-11 03:55:30 PM
Came for comments about Edison being a total prick, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-02-11 04:06:25 PM

DeathCipris: Came for comments about Edison being a total prick, leaving satisfied.


You have to admit that the 1931 interview shows that he must have been a pretty nice guy with a good sense of humor
 
2013-02-11 04:08:00 PM

Mugato: Like Schrodinger?


tiny fist, etc. Apparently my work here is done.
 
2013-02-11 04:10:52 PM

megarian: Tesla:
Ten out of ten. Would fark.


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copyright Kate Beaton
 
2013-02-11 04:16:45 PM

doczoidberg: A good president.

Banged a lot of slaves, I hear.


You're thinking of Walter Mondale.
 
2013-02-11 04:30:41 PM

CptnSpldng: megarian: Tesla:
Ten out of ten. Would fark.

[www.harkavagrant.com image 800x568]
copyright Kate Beaton


God I love that comic.

Her other Tesla:
 
2013-02-11 04:31:50 PM
 
2013-02-11 04:32:56 PM

give me doughnuts: We all already know he was douchebag patent-thief who got off on eletrocuting animals. What else do we really need to know?



What I don't understand is were there no other options to demonstrate the dangers of electricity rather than killing an elephant? Or was Edison just some sick bastard?
 
2013-02-11 04:35:49 PM

soupbone: What I don't understand is were there no other options to demonstrate the dangers of electricity rather than killing an elephant? Or was Edison just some sick bastard?


look at how dangerously powerful and dependable AC is!  It can kill an elephant!

That is sick and twisted logic.
 
2013-02-11 04:36:38 PM
Ahhh cat box. So that's what The Clash was singing about in the 80's.
 
2013-02-11 04:36:42 PM

soupbone: What I don't understand is were there no other options to demonstrate the dangers of electricity rather than killing an elephant? Or was Edison just some sick bastard?


He was a sore loser.

"Look everyone! Alternating Current is sooooo dangerous that it can kill a mighty pachyderm instantly!"

*460 grams of potassium cyanide and 6,600 volts later and a very torturous death* "See? Dangerous."
 
2013-02-11 04:39:18 PM

KatjaMouse: Awww... apparently that comic was too big.


Neva Eva heard a woman make that complaint.
 
2013-02-11 04:45:44 PM

CptnSpldng: megarian: Tesla:
Ten out of ten. Would fark.


copyright Kate Beaton


This....this is just fantastic.
 
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