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2013-02-11 01:09:15 PM  
In before "But Tesla...."
 
2013-02-11 01:19:16 PM  
TESLA RULES
 
2013-02-11 01:27:07 PM  
Why hasn't Cat Boxing caught on?   It is much more interesting than boxing or cats separately.
 
2013-02-11 01:29:07 PM  
Like Schrodinger?
 
2013-02-11 01:30:01 PM  
Invented a great recipe for fried elephant, too
 
2013-02-11 01:39:28 PM  
According to the articles today, he shares a birthday with Jennifer Aniston. They have so much in common.
 
2013-02-11 01:40:01 PM  
i236.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-11 02:12:43 PM  
We all already know he was douchebag patent-thief who got off on eletrocuting animals. What else do we really need to know?
 
2013-02-11 02:17:39 PM  
You know who else liked cat box?
 
2013-02-11 02:34:24 PM  
He also pirated movies big time.
 
2013-02-11 02:35:39 PM  
Edison was the worst kind of shiatbag.
 
2013-02-11 02:37:17 PM  
I'm wearing my Wardenclyffe shirt today.
 
2013-02-11 02:37:54 PM  
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-02-11 02:38:18 PM  
Cat boxing, you say?
 
2013-02-11 02:38:45 PM  
Roll the ugliness
 
2013-02-11 02:39:30 PM  
Good Lord - I've heard about this - cat boxing! Stop! Stop! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! Good. Father, could there be a God that would let this happen?
 
2013-02-11 02:39:45 PM  
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.
 
2013-02-11 02:40:34 PM  

CraicBaby: TESLA RULES


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2013-02-11 02:40:52 PM  
Tesla > Edison

/That is all
 
2013-02-11 02:41:46 PM  
www.redbrick.dcu.ie
 
2013-02-11 02:41:48 PM  

Girion47: I'm wearing my Wardenclyffe shirt today.


Still waiting on mine......
 
2013-02-11 02:42:00 PM  
Since nobody will have mentioned it yet and probably never will.  Tesla > Edison.
 
2013-02-11 02:42:02 PM  
In other news, cat boxing isn't just a random string of words.
 
2013-02-11 02:43:26 PM  
Jesus, he fried cats and dogs too? Didn't they have animal cruelty laws back then?
 
2013-02-11 02:43:34 PM  
Is that anything like cat bottling?

i21.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-11 02:44:12 PM  
Also, he's apparently really old.  166th birthday?  Wow.
 
2013-02-11 02:44:16 PM  
#1. Edison lies a lot.

I think that's the first snapple fact
 
2013-02-11 02:44:21 PM  
www.ideachampions.com
Knows everything there is to know about Edison.
 
2013-02-11 02:44:55 PM  
www.absurdintellectual.com
 
2013-02-11 02:45:57 PM  
Cat boxing?
img844.imageshack.us

/p.s. you can thank Joseph Swan for the light bulb.
 
2013-02-11 02:47:10 PM  
T E S L A

Never forget.
 
2013-02-11 02:47:43 PM  
Thomas Edison used a cat box?
I had no idea.

/Tesla, ftw.
 
2013-02-11 02:48:00 PM  
from the pics it appears he was also perfecting a good meth recipe...probably to use for doping his cats so he could rig the matches much like he did in other aspects of his life.
 
2013-02-11 02:48:46 PM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: [i236.photobucket.com image 279x239]


Came for the cat-juggling reference.  Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-02-11 02:48:58 PM  

JRoo: Is that anything like cat bottling?


Keeps cats fresh for days.
 
2013-02-11 02:49:43 PM  
I remember the light bulb, it was something that  helped you see and read clearly.
 
2013-02-11 02:49:50 PM  
Which president was he again?
 
2013-02-11 02:50:03 PM  
Hard to find an animated gif small enough to satisfy Fark.

files.myopera.com
 
2013-02-11 02:50:32 PM  
I knew he was into a lot of things, but I did not know beating his wife was one of them.
 
2013-02-11 02:52:51 PM  
Isn't it more like:

Tesla>The ideas patented by Edison
and
Westinghouse>Edison
 
2013-02-11 02:53:35 PM  
TESLA rules. Nobody mention that Edison wouldn't let Tesla use his light@ at the worlds fair
 
2013-02-11 02:57:54 PM  
Somebody unplug him already.
 
2013-02-11 02:58:24 PM  
Didn't Edison electrocute stray cats & dogs in public to discredit Tesla's alternating current?
The man was a bit of a dick.
 
2013-02-11 02:58:34 PM  
FARNSWORTH > Edison
 
2013-02-11 03:00:11 PM  

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.
 
2013-02-11 03:00:42 PM  
My girlfriend can't fight but you should see her box.
 
2013-02-11 03:00:48 PM  

DubyaHater: Which president was he again?


He came after President Skroob
 
2013-02-11 03:02:04 PM  

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


LOVE TO.
 
2013-02-11 03:02:56 PM  
FARK EDISON!!!!
 
2013-02-11 03:03:13 PM  
A good president.

Banged a lot of slaves, I hear.
 
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......
www.gifcrap.com
 
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.

s3.amazonaws.com
 
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!

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
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.
tomecat.com
 
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.
[tomecat.com image 540x405]


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


www.thearchnemesis.com
 
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.

[s3.amazonaws.com image 431x287]



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.


www.harkavagrant.com
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.
 
2013-02-11 04:46:46 PM  
This thread needs some They Might Be Giants.

The tallest, widest, and most famous haunted mansion in New Jersey.
 
2013-02-11 05:05:57 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.


To be fair, if Tesla wouldn't of rescinded his patent, Westinghouse would of been bankrupt and Tesla would of never gotten the idea of AC out to the public. We would be most likely be using DC.
 
2013-02-11 05:11:14 PM  

Pitabred: 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.


Well, if you want to get technical, "date of birth" is the date of an event that only happened once.  "Birthday" is an annual occasion.

You can have many birthdays.  You only have one date of birth.
 
2013-02-11 05:15:27 PM  
 
2013-02-11 05:18:01 PM  
The Dark Secrets of Thomas Alva Edison

1. He enjoyed cat-boxing but at first he tried to get his engineers to box each other for food, but they slapped like little girls. Nicholas Tesla was a first-rate (if feather weight) boxer, but got bored of beating up nerds and geeks and took a swing at Edison, and that was the end of Nicholas Tesla.

2. Edison electrocuted an elephant as propaganda against Westinghouse's alternating current, which could carry electricity over much greater distances and was a threat to Edison's direct current. He enjoyed it so much that he became addicted to electrocuting big game. The African elephant population dropped mysteriously from 19,000,000 in the XIXth century to 190,000 in 1902.

3. Edison was a bit of a Momma's boy but the real reason he invented the light bulb was to illuminate pornography and exotic dancing displays such as the popular French can-can.

4. Edison insisted that the purpose of the electric phonograph was to record business conversations and notes and had to be be slapped around by Nicholas Tesla before he would admit to the possibility of recording music and educational lectures on his machine. He insisted to his death that the phonograph was the businessman's best friend after a cheap French floozie doing the can-can with no underwear.

5. Edison was very quick to put his name on anything his stable of engineers came up with. He has thousands of patents, but he was lazy, stupid, greedy, and mean. In fact, he only came up with a better filament for the light bulb (which had already been invented) by trial and error. A Chimpanzee could have done the job.

6. Edison had a pet chimpanzee named Mr. Bubbles. This chimpanzee was a direct ancestor of Michael Jackson's pet, Bubbles, as well as Ronald Reagan's co-star, Bonzo. Mr. Bubbles was the second smartest "man" in the Edison operation after Nicholas Tesla (in reality, however, Bubbles was not a man, but a girl). Unfortanately he pulled Edison's left arm off and was sold to P.T. Barnum who shaved him and fooled people into believing that he was the Head of the U.S. Patent Office.

It is a well-kept secret (until now), but Bubbles made several of Edison's most famous inventions (minus the phonograph and the light bulb). Unfortunately, not only did he not get the credit that was his due, but his great-great grandson, Bonzo, very closely missed becoming the GOP nominee for President in 1980. He was rejected only because he was, in chimp years, even older than Reagan, albeit still less demented.

7. Edison's left arm was fake. He had numerous attachments he could fix to it for different purposes. Among these was a ruler, a protractor, a French sex toy with an ostrich feather and various odd devices, a cork-screw, and a device which Edison invented for opening champagne bottles without the cork flying into your eye. This turned out to be the rubber band. Which had already been invented. By a French golden-crested macaque in 1843 in the municipal zoo of the City of Paris.
 
2013-02-11 05:20:54 PM  
I'm sure it's been said several times, but I have to say it myself:  Edison was nothing more than a thief.  He didn't invent jack-shiat.  Maybe he shoulda put a patent on stealing somebody else's ideas.  He was good at that.  Oh, and, TESLA RULES.
 
2013-02-11 05:31:47 PM  
So to recap, Edison became rich, famous, and bedded women.
Tesla died poor, a footnote in history, and was celibate.

I think I understand the Fark hate now.
 
2013-02-11 05:37:34 PM  

theurge14: So to recap, Edison became rich, famous, and bedded women.
Tesla died poor, a footnote in history, and was celibate.

I think I understand the Fark hate now.


If Tesla had invented Cheetos, the site would be named after him.
 
2013-02-11 05:39:40 PM  
 

theurge14: Tesla died poor, a footnote in history, and was celibate.


1. Yup.
2. That seems to be changing, and Edison doesn't have a rock band named after him.
3. I bet he was celibate just with women, if you get my drift.
 
2013-02-11 05:43:21 PM  
Don't forget bonsai kittens...

lolosad.com
 
2013-02-11 05:51:52 PM  
He pooped a hammer.
 
2013-02-11 06:18:58 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.


Actually Tesla had to make those bulbs himself - the screw fitting was an Edison patent. His solution was a two-prong electrical connection on the bottom of the conventional bulb design similar to the end of a fluorescent bulb. Knowing Tesla, probably didn't patent this as well...
 
2013-02-11 06:19:17 PM  
Thomas Edison grew up in my hometown so Im getting kicks. My best friends grandmother owns the property where Edsion's workshop burned down. We did some digging around and found a few items buried in the dirt.

/csb
 
2013-02-11 06:24:57 PM  

theurge14: So to recap, Edison became rich, famous, and bedded women.
Tesla died poor, a footnote in history, and was celibate.

I think I understand the Fark hate now.


Well ya see back in those days we weren't as pussified yet, so everyone didn't get a trophy just for trying.
 
2013-02-11 06:32:47 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-11 07:17:15 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?


Which animals are most erotic when electrocuted, for one.
 
2013-02-11 07:18:25 PM  
I see many of you have internalized Drunk History. Well done.
 
2013-02-11 07:21:51 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?


JP Morgan backed him instead of Tesla.  And to try and prove that DC current was "better" than Tesla's AC current to power a city grid, Edison electrocuted an elephant.  He also tried to execute a human, but had the voltage too low, so he actually burned him to death.  In fact, they (Morgan and Edison) started calling it "Westinghoused" rather than electrocution.  (Westinghouse backed Tesla).

Anything else?
 
2013-02-11 07:29:29 PM  

everlastinggobstopper: I see many of you have internalized Drunk History. Well done.


Keep my social life out of this.
 
2013-02-11 07:39:24 PM  

megarian: everlastinggobstopper: I see many of you have internalized Drunk History. Well done.

Keep my social life out of this.


You should chew your pineapple more thoroughly.
 
2013-02-11 07:42:30 PM  

MBrady: 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?

JP Morgan backed him instead of Tesla.  And to try and prove that DC current was "better" than Tesla's AC current to power a city grid, Edison electrocuted an elephant.  He also tried to execute a human, but had the voltage too low, so he actually burned him to death.  In fact, they (Morgan and Edison) started calling it "Westinghoused" rather than electrocution.  (Westinghouse backed Tesla).

Anything else?



Not that I doubt you but link? I want to read about this story.
 
2013-02-11 07:50:45 PM  

jigger: Edison was the worst kind of shiatbag.


I'm gonna put that on a tshirt.

Deep Contact: You know who else was a dick was JP Morgan.


Yeah, but she was great on The Gong Show.
 
2013-02-11 08:34:16 PM  
That and Edison sought to kill all his competitors
 
2013-02-11 09:00:08 PM  
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i3.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-11 09:08:10 PM  

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


copyright Kate Beaton

This....this is just fantastic.


http://harkavagrant.com is a site to treasure and worthy of anyone's bookmark.
 
2013-02-11 09:11:20 PM  

Clemkadidlefark: That and Edison sought to kill all his competitors


So, basically Edison was a wannabe meth kingpin?
 
2013-02-11 09:19:38 PM  

dletter: Clemkadidlefark: That and Edison sought to kill all his competitors

So, basically Edison was a wannabe meth kingpin?


Well, he was a crime lord. Certainly. He played rough, and he had the money to pay people to do nasty things to his competitors.

Really, if history shows us anything, it's that the principle of "nice guys finish last" is true. Edison was mean. He was an asshole. I don't think he had a nice bone in his body. And he was remembered as the greatest inventor and father of electricity. He was wealthy. He has all those patents that will always be in his name. He has the credit.

Meanwhile, Tesla was a modest, nice guy by all accounts. He was quiet and dedicated. He was not a backstabbing, vicious man like Edison, and as a result Edison pushed him out of the picture, took credit for many of his discoveries, and fought tooth and nail to discredit him-- Successfully, I might add-- for many, many years.

It's only recently that people are saying any of this. In their lifetimes, Tesla was the loser, and Edison was one of the most respected, wealthy men in the world.

Only bastards get to the top, and they do that by stepping on the good guys. Edison is proof.
 
2013-02-11 09:36:38 PM  

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


copyright Kate Beaton

This....this is just fantastic.

http://harkavagrant.com is a site to treasure and worthy of anyone's bookmark.


Thank you for this gift.
 
2013-02-11 09:37:21 PM  

everlastinggobstopper: megarian: everlastinggobstopper: I see many of you have internalized Drunk History. Well done.

Keep my social life out of this.

You should chew your pineapple more thoroughly.


I DO WHuT I WUNT!
 
2013-02-11 09:46:00 PM  
Why not give them some proper weapons?
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2013-02-11 09:50:30 PM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: He pooped a hammer.


I less than three you
 
2013-02-11 09:51:49 PM  

megarian: everlastinggobstopper: megarian: everlastinggobstopper: I see many of you have internalized Drunk History. Well done.

Keep my social life out of this.

You should chew your pineapple more thoroughly.

I DO WHuT I WUNT!


That's what you think, pigeon lover.
 
2013-02-11 10:44:43 PM  
Ah, this reminds me of the guy who was so damn proud that he gave his son "Edison" for his first name because he has some family ties to the mega-douche. Edison was a cutthroat bastard and a thief. Fark him.
 
2013-02-12 07:35:58 AM  
Edison was an evil man. While he was crying for stronger patent protection, he was busying destroying the life of George Melies by distributing his movies in the US without permission. He electrocuted an elephant and pushed to electrocute a prisoner to prove that AC power was lethal, trying to destroy Tesla. Sure, Tesla thought he spoke to aliens because poor guy had mental issues, but unlike Edison, he was an actual inventor, instead of stealing patents and claiming them as his own inventions.
 
2013-02-12 07:52:00 AM  

bearded clamorer: jigger: Edison was the worst kind of shiatbag.

I'm gonna put that on a tshirt.

Deep Contact: You know who else was a dick was JP Morgan.

Yeah, but she was great on The Gong Show.


Oh yeah! Hey Chuckie, I got a joke that will curl your hair. Oh I see you already heard it---unknown comic
 
2013-02-13 04:11:59 AM  

soupbone: MBrady: 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?

JP Morgan backed him instead of Tesla.  And to try and prove that DC current was "better" than Tesla's AC current to power a city grid, Edison electrocuted an elephant.  He also tried to execute a human, but had the voltage too low, so he actually burned him to death.  In fact, they (Morgan and Edison) started calling it "Westinghoused" rather than electrocution.  (Westinghouse backed Tesla).

Anything else?


Not that I doubt you but link? I want to read about this story.


Actually it was in on the History channel show:  "The Making of America,"  Four part series about Carnegie, Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Morgan, Henry Ford, Edison, Telsa, etc.  Mainly Carnegie, Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and Morgan.
 
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