10 unusual facts about Nikola Tesla

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Nikola Tesla

If you didn't know, Tesla was an inventor born in 1865. He invented the tesla coil, transferred energy wirelessly, invented radio, and many other things. Tesla was born during a thunder storm at midnight.

10 surprising facts

#1: Tesla was a funny guy. In some letters he wrote about things that other people would think was weird. After having a dinner with the poet Rudyard Kipling in 1901, he wrote a letter saying:

April 1, 1901

My dear Mrs. Johnson,

What is the matter with inkspiller Kipling? He actually dared to invite me to dine in an obscure hotel where I would be sure to get hair and cockroaches in the soup.

Yours truly,

N. Tesla

Knowing that he was a great inventor, if he had sent that letter to me, I would at least be smiling.

#2: Tesla's worst enemy wasn't Edison, but money. Towards the end of their lives, they actually grew to respect each other. Apparently, when there were fires in Tesla's lab, Edison gave him a new laboratory. Tesla also paid back the favour during a speech of his. Edison had come to listen and was sitting at the back of the room. Tesla spotted him and instead of shouting at him as some people might think, he told the audience he was there and led the crowd in standing ovation. So, money was Tesla's worst enemy. Unlike Edison, it didn't give him respect or a new lab. It flew away nearly all the time.

#3: Tesla was both a showman and a reclusive person. Some days he would go out with Mark Twain, or the poet Robert Underwood Johnson and his wife. He also gave lectures and stunning performances using the Tesla coil. However, he would also hide in his laboratories for months trying to solve a problem. When he was doing that, the shutters were closed and he was all alone in his lab.

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#4: The co-founder of Google decided to be an inventor after being inspired by Nikola Tesla's autobiography, My inventions. His dad gave him the book at the age of 12 and he followed Tesla's path. After researching further, he decided to be more like Edison though, a rich businessman. Although, he did invest some money into Tesla Motors, an electric car company named after Nikola Tesla.


#5 Nikola Tesla was a messenger from Venus. He wasn't really, but some people believed this about him. They believed that Tesla was born on Venus and sent to Earth to prepare for the Venusian ways. Whether he was born on Venus may or may not be true, but Tesla did claim to have received signals from other planets. If Tesla had been born today, he probably couldn't have been able to invent anything because he would be locked up in an asylum.

#6: You may already know that Tesla didn't get more than 2 hours sleep but did you know that he once claimed that he had worked for 84 hours straight! That's 3 and a half days! Most of us can't live 24hours without 8 hours of sleep. According to the dailymail.co, if you miss two hours of sleep, memories can be lost. This just doesn't see to apply to Nikola Tesla though.

#7: Tesla made predictions on what the future would look like. One of his predictions stated that women would be the superior gender in the coming years. He may right. After all, women are now equals when in those days, work was dominated by men.

#8: Nikola Tesla was a sound believer in good health. He would walk 8-10 miles a day, curl his toes 100 times to stimulate his brains, and in his later days became a vegetarian.

#9: Tesla was very strict about appearances. He was always dressed nicely as he believed that the world takes a man by his appearance. When he had his own labs and company, he was so strict, he fired someone for being overweight and also sent workers home to change into better clothing.

#10: If you researched into Tesla, you may know that he liked pigeons. But did you know that he spent more than $2,000 to heal his favourite bird's broken wing and leg. He even built a device that comfortably supported the pigeon while it healed

#11: Tesla was a polyglot meaning he could speak 6 languages or more. He could speak: Serbo-Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian and Latin.

#12: Tesla also had obsessive compulsive disorder(OCD). In his case, he was obsessed with the number 3 cleanliness, had a crazy desire not to touch hair, didn't like jewelry and round objects. He really was obsessed with the number 3. He liked to have a room number divisible by 3, 18 napkins, and would sometimes walk around the block three times before entering. He also try to estimate the mass of his meal before eating it. Hence, there are 12 facts in this article.