The Oatmeal Raises $350K for Nikola Tesla Museum, Still Needs $500K
August 16, 2012 11:47 AM
Charity donations needed to save rival bidder from knocking down historic laboratory
Matthew Inman, aka "The Oatmeal", knows a thing or two about
super-successful charity fundraising
with a side of good-nature humor. Now he's set his
sights and site
on the task of saving the laboratory of the man who nearly single handedly created the foundation that allows the world of electronics as we know it today -- Nikola Tesla.
A Serbian (at the time Austrian Empire) immigrant, young Tesla invented a host of inventions -- most notably alternating current, radio, radar, x-rays, hydroelectric power, wireless transmission, and inventions that would later be used to build the transistor. The Oatmeal provides
this helpful guide
to why Tesla was arguably the most brilliant geek/inventor who ever lived.
So when The Oatmeal discovered that Tesla's famous Wardenclyffe Lab -- located near Shoreham, Long Island -- was for sale, it sprung into action.
It discovered that there was a proposal to bid $1.7M USD on the property (officially priced at $1.6M USD) to preserve the famous lab as a museum. $850K USD of the funds were to be fundraised by charities, while New York State would offer up a matching $850K grant.
You can pitch in
Nikola Tesla making some artificial lightning [Image Source: unknown]
Those funds would help the Tesla Museum project beat a rival bidder, who is reportedly considering to buy the land, tear the lab down, and build retail real estate on the property.
The Oatmeal has called out J.P. Morgan Chase & Comp. (
) (who supported Tesla's pioneering work), General Electric Comp. (
) (whose founder Thomas Edison reportedly scammed Tesla), Tesla Motors Comp. (
name is an homage
to the inventor), Google Inc. (
) (whose co-founder Larry Page is reportedly a big Tesla buff), and even actor Christian Bale (aka. "The Batman") who is
in an upcoming film.
We suggest NVIDIA Corp. (
) -- makers of the
"Tesla" series of GPUs
-- also pitch in.
It writes to potential large donors, "Sponsoring the museum would be the PR equivalent of having your CEO jump into an icey river to save a herd of drowning kittens. Don't you want to save some kittens?"
But Mr. Inman says small donors are equally important in raising enough funds to beat the rival bidder. He's using online fund-raising platform IndieGogo to try to raise the $850K. So far $350K in donations have rolled in. That leaves $500K in donations needed with 45 days left.
The charity will try to buy the property at the lowest price possible and use any remaining funds to work on the new museum. There's a lot of work to be done as the property was marred by the destruction of Wardenclyffe Tower -- a wireless power transmission device -- which was seized by the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I and demolished with dynamite, for fear it would be used as a locating landmark by German submarines.
Wardenclyffe Tower was unfortunately demolished, but with a little help Tesla's iconic on-site lab can avoid a similar fate. [Image Source: The Oatmeal]
The Oatmeal writes:
The Indiegogo campaign is linked directly to the bank account of
Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe
, formerly known as Friends of Science East, Inc. It is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization registered with the State of New York.
We'll keep you updated if the bid succeeds.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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