Glenn Beck Is Making a Movie About Edison and Tesla

Former Fox News TV personality Glenn Beck is really sick of talking about politics. So what rustles his jimmies these days? The mythologized feud between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Beck even has a movie in production about Edison that he hopes will "expose the truth" about this "bad man." » 3/10/14 12:40pm 3/10/14 12:40pm

Thomas Edison's Talking Dolls Sound Like They're Possessed By Satan

Thomas Edison is remembered for his contributions to many great innovations, including the phonograph, the light bulb, and the movie camera. But few people today remember one of his most spectacular failures: a talking doll that was the must-have Christmas toy in 1890. There was just one little problem with the dolls.… » 10/07/13 5:22pm 10/07/13 5:22pm

Making Nikola Tesla a Saint Makes Us All Dumber

Mike Rugnetta over at the PBS Idea Channel has an interesting video about how popular history is made. Specifically, our popular understanding of the late inventor (and internet folk hero) Nikola Tesla. He argues that there are essentially two Teslas: The historical Tesla who did things like promote eugenics, and had… » 9/13/13 2:24pm 9/13/13 2:24pm

How Christmas Tree Lights Evolved from Major to Mild Fire Hazard

Before our Christmas tree lighting needs were taken care of with $25 and a trip to Target, creating the atmosphere meant placing candles—wax towers topped with fire—onto seasonal kindling. Think it's frightening now when your dog tugs a branch? Just imagine your living room bursting into flames for the sake of… » 12/08/11 8:00pm 12/08/11 8:00pm

Thomas Edison's Oddest Inventions

Thomas Edison is an inventor known for great things. We also know he had a pretty good sense of humor. Some of these er, lesser known contributions from Mr. Edison were ahead of their time; others are just plain twisted. » 11/26/10 2:00pm 11/26/10 2:00pm