Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla!

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Nikola Tesla, the granddaddy of electricity, was born on this day way back in 1856. If only he were alive to see what kind of goofy crap we were doing with his namesake coils!

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People love cheating death by standing right under some Tesla Coils going crazy, protecting themselves in Faraday Cages.

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They also like playing music through Tesla Coils, especially super nerdy music like the Zelda theme song.

And people even use his toys to protect their computers, although that ones isn't all to practical. You can see that one in action above.

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So for all that you've done for us, we thank you Mr. Tesla. Here's to another couple of centuries of shocking fun.

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