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‘Tesla was a genius, Edison a douchebag’

books Updated: May 15, 2012 08:36 IST

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Who invented light bulb? If you answer Thomas Edison, then you're one of the ignorant few who don't know about the existence of the genius called Tesla - the greatest geek who never got credit for his inventions.

To pay homage to this great inventor, Oatmeal has created one of the most amazing and touching comic strip called 'Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived?'

The strip shreds apart the halo around Thomas Edison and claims that 'Edison is a good example of a non-geek who operated in a geek space. He was not a geek, he was a CEO."

"When most people think of Thomas Edison, they think of the man who invented the light bulb. Edison did not invent the light bulb, he improved upon the ideas of 22 other men who pioneered the light bulb before him. Edison simply figured out how to sell the light bulb. His goal was to publicly smear Tesla’s AC and convince the public that was too dangerous for home use. In short: the only thing Edison truly pioneered was douchebaggery," the comic suggests.

Not just Edison the comic strip gives Tesla the rightful credit for inventing Radio, X-Rays, recording radio waves from outer space, earthquake machine, remote control, neon lightning, wireless communications....and the list goes on.

Oatmeal reveals that  even after all this Tesla didn't become the 'rich and famous' because the world he lived in demanded results which were 'practical' not  'revolutionary'.

The black and white comic has taken the Twitter world by storm, with tweeple going gaga over Tesla and the comic. Here's a look at few of the tweets:


Oh dear. The Oatmeal tells the truth about Tesla - and Edison


Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived


I really love @oatmeal's ode to Tesla: "Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived