Here are 20 kickass and interesting facts about Nikola Tesla.

1-5 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Nikola Tesla

Tesla toy boat

1. In 1898 Nikola Tesla once tricked an entire crowd into believing they could control a toy boat by shouting commands – he had in fact invented Radio Control and was piloting the boat himself. – Source

2. Thomas Edison once offered Nikola Tesla $50,000 to improve his DC motor. Upon completion, Edison failed to pay and mocked, “You don’t understand American humor.” – Source

3. Nikola Tesla openly expressed disgust for overweight people. Once, he fired his secretary solely because of her weight. – Source

4. He once paid an overdue hotel bill with a “working model” of his “death beam”. He warned the management never to open it without taking proper precautions to avoid detonation. After his death in 1943, the box was forced open & they found nothing but a bunch of old lab components. – Source

5. He used to feed pigeons, bringing injured ones into his hotel room to nurse back to health and one-time spending over $2,000 to fix a pigeon’s broken wing and leg, including building a device that comfortably supported her, so her bones could heal. – Source

6-10 Kickass And Interesting Facts About Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla statue sillicon valley

6. In Silicon valley, US, there is a crowdfunded statue of Nikola Tesla that provides free wi-fi to nearby people. – Source

7. Nikola Tesla never married because he believed that his chastity played an important role in his scientific abilities. – Source

8. Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla were best friends and mutual fanboys. – Source

9. He used to drink whiskey every day because he thought it would help him to live for 150 years. – Source

10. He was in support of sterilizing criminal, insane people and believed that by 2100 people who aren’t “desirable parents” shouldn’t be able to reproduce. – Source

11-15 Kickass And Interesting Facts About Nikola Tesla

Tesla Science Center

11. There is a group that is trying to save the only remaining laboratory where Nikola Tesla conducted research. – Source

12. He disagreed with the theory of atoms being composed of smaller subatomic particles, stating there was no such thing as an electron creating an electric charge. – Source

13. He was an advocate of forced selective breeding version of eugenics. Eugenics is the belief and practice which aims at improving the genetic quality of the human population. – Source

14. He suffered from extreme OCD and never slept for more than 2 hours. – Source

15. Einstein’s Theory of Relativity was rejected by Nikola Tesla on claims of discoveries that he worked out a dynamic theory of gravity which he never published. – Source

16-20 Kickass And Interesting Facts About Nikola Tesla

hotel room

16. Nikola Tesla planned to secretly experiment on children, lining the walls of schoolrooms with high-voltage lines, believing that exposing them to the energy would make them healthier and smarter, and he believed every home in the future would soon do likewise. – Source

17. He believed that women would become superior to men in future societal standing, and stated that “This struggle of the human female toward sex equality will end in a new sex order, with the female as superior”. – Source

18. He would only stay in a hotel room if its number was divisible by 3. – Source

19. Tesla built a tower, “Tower of Power”, with the intention of sucking electricity out of the air. – Source

20. He is the acknowledged inventor of the electronic AND logic gate circuit, a critical element of every digital computer.

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Last Update: November 14, 2016