This morning The Oatmeal website surpassed its $850,000 fundraising target to buy inventor and polymath Nikola Tesla’s Wardenclyffe laboratory in Shoreham, New York. Nearly 21,000 people pledged money to put the current total at more than $900,000. With 39 days remaining for the fundraising campaign, it seems as though it could reach the $1.6 million asking price for the lab without even requiring New York state’s matching funds.
Inman’s launched his campaign after learning about the Tesla Science Centre at Wardenclyffe‘s plea to build a museum in Tesla’s honor.
I, too, count myself as a Tesla fan for a variety of reasons having to do with the flexibility of his mind and the wealth of his inventions. However, I’m also quite intrigued by the legends surrounding Tesla. The best of which is the theory that the Tunguska Event of 1908 in Siberia was actually a shockwave that traveled from Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower, through the Earth, only to explode out the other side.
To check out the schwag currently being offered by Inman to investors, head over to this page and scroll down.