New Tesla statue in Niagara Falls

(via boingboing)

tesla-coil-discharge-med.jpgFirst, let me say that there is absolutely no evidence to support the conjecture that if one were to approach and touch this statue, massive balls of lightning would shoot forth from statue to the person approaching. Absolutely no evidence, folks.

That out of the way, what a nice way to honor the man who lit the world – a statue in memory of Nikola Tesla was recently (July 9, 2006) unveiled in Queen Victoria Park, Niagara Falls. Sure, most folks will see it and have no idea who he is, but my readers are smarter than the average bear, I am certain. So next time you visit Niagara Falls (on the .ca side, please, as no equivalent statue yet exists state-side), drop by and say hello to ol’ Nikki.

teslastatue-med.jpgNikola Tesla designed the first hydroelectric power plant at Niagara Falls, New York which started producing electrical power in 1895. This was the beginning of the electrification of the United States and the rest of the world. Today, Tesla’s AC electricity is lighting and powering the globe. Nikola Tesla is the genius who lit the world.

Now, the inventor of alternating current has a permanent tribute overlooking the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls, Canadian side.

Pictures of the unveiling and a bit of the backstory on Tesla’s importance in Niagara Falls on the Tesla Society’s page about the unveiling.

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