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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
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2013-02-11 02:12:43 PM  
5 votes:
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 01:19:16 PM  
5 votes:
2013-02-11 01:29:07 PM  
4 votes:
Like Schrodinger?
2013-02-11 03:05:47 PM  
3 votes:

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 01:40:01 PM  
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2013-02-11 03:17:39 PM  
2 votes:
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 02:35:39 PM  
2 votes:
Edison was the worst kind of shiatbag.
2013-02-11 09:19:38 PM  
1 vote:

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 03:41:51 PM  
1 vote:
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 03:28:32 PM  
1 vote:

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 03:22:29 PM  
1 vote:
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 03:06:04 PM  
1 vote:
An idea-stealing douchenozzle... sounds like that era's Steve Jobs.
2013-02-11 03:05:02 PM  
1 vote:

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

We have......
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2013-02-11 03:02:56 PM  
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2013-02-11 03:00:42 PM  
1 vote:
My girlfriend can't fight but you should see her box.
2013-02-11 02:58:34 PM  
1 vote:
2013-02-11 02:40:34 PM  
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2013-02-11 02:34:24 PM  
1 vote:
He also pirated movies big time.
2013-02-11 01:30:01 PM  
1 vote:
Invented a great recipe for fried elephant, too
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