10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla [Video]

  • Tesla constructed a 142 foot high metal mast in Colorado Springs. From this he could shoot out bolts of man-made lightning over 100 feet long.
  • Tesla created the first remote control by using it on a toy boat. Demonstrated in 1898, it was considered largely useless.
  • In his later years, Tesla became increasingly eccentric. He began “communicating” with pigeons, at only boiled food, and was obsessed with the number 3.
  • Thomas Edison tried to discredit Tesla’s invention of alternating current. Edison electrocuted animals, including an elephant, using AC.
  • Tesla invented the first hydroelectric power plant. It was first used in 1896 to convert power from the Niagara Falls into electricity for New York City.
  • At the 1893 Columbian Exposition, Tesla used twelve 1000 horsepower AC generator. These were used to power 100,000 incandescent lights.
  • Tesla died in poverty at the age of 86. Two days after his death, all his belongings were seized by the U.S. government.
  • Tesla hoped his 187 foot Wardenclyffe Tower would supply the world with free wireless electricity. It was never completed and was demolished in 1917.
  • By the time of his death, Tesla had over 250 patents registered. These included the spark plug, the radio, and the Tesla coil.
  • Tesla revealed plans for a particle / Death-beam weapon during Worls War II. After secret U.S. military tests, Tesla’s papers disappeared without trace.

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3 Responses to 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla [Video]

  1. "Tesla invented the first hydroelectric power plant. It was first used in 1896 to convert power from the Niagara Falls into electricity for New York City".
    This is wrong! The worlds first hydroelectric plant was at Cragside, in Northumberland, England. This was in 1870, 26 years before Tesla's. In 1880 Cragside was given 'the first proper installation' of electric lighting, using incandescent light bulbs, which, contrary to popular belief, were not invented by Edison ;-)

  2. ” By the time of his death, Tesla had over 250 patents registered. These included the spark plug, the radio,” actually Marconi held the patent for the radio (and the Nobel prize) The patent was awarded to Tesla after his death. Some say this was done because of the power war between him and Edison.