Friday, November 19, 2010

Tesla Mad Lib

Nikola Tesla was born in 1856 in the former Austrian Empire. Regarded by some as a mad scientist, his innovation in the field of electrical engineering helped to spur the second industrial revolution. Tesla died in 1943 in New York City. Though he's hardly a household name in the U.S., his work remains a legacy that's ubiquitous in modern life.

To complete the Tesla Mad Lib below, first, print out a copy of this post by going to File -> Print in your browser menu. Then, fill in the blanks at the top of the post with the appropriate parts of speech. Next, fill in the numbered blanks in the story with the words from the list at the top. Read out loud with friends and enjoy!

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Nikola Tesla was a (1) ____________ inventor and physicist who developed the energy generators that power our homes and (2) ____________. In 1884, at the age of 28, Tesla moved from his homeland of Croatia to New York City to (3) ____________ with the (4) ____________ inventor Thomas Edison. Tesla (5) ____________ Edison a letter of recommendation written by a mutual friend which said, "I know two great men and you are one of them; the other is this (6) ____________ man."

Edison offered Tesla a $50,000 (7) ____________ if he could make Edison's direct current power system more effective. When Tesla presented Edison with an improved D.C. generator and asked for his bonus, Edison (8) ____________, telling Tesla that he did not understand the American sense of humor about money. Edison never paid Tesla one extra (9) ____________.

Tesla quit Edison's company in disgust. He got a (10) ____________ job at a different electric company and worked on finishing his alternating current generator, far better than Edison's (11) ____________ direct current system. Tesla and Edison then competed to light up the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. Tesla's alternating current (12) ____________ beat out Edison's design and the world got to see the (13) ____________ of the future!

Later, Tesla demonstrated that it was possible to (14) ____________ electricity wirelessly. This invention would allow the average (15) ____________ to power a (16) ____________ from anywhere in a room. Tesla envisioned using wireless energy transfer to send energy across the (17) ____________ from the United States to Europe.

He built a (18) ____________ Tesla coil in New York to start his project, but it was destroyed during World War (19) ____________ because the government suspected it could be used by spies. Some (20) ____________ still dream of fulfilling Tesla's dream, but others oppose his idea, concerned about health risks and the loud noise (21) ____________ by a Tesla coil. The (22) ____________ building still stands in (23) ____________, New York, to this day as a reminder of Tesla's amazing (24) ____________.


  1. New Jersey?
    Wardenclyffe, (LI), NY

    Been there...
    (unless misinformation be the goal....)

    The lab BUILDINGS stand: the tower is gone.

    TESLA was not suspected of spying,
    rather, his (by then abandoned)
    tower could have been used...

    (PS: that pic? Read the Colorado Springs Notes: It's a rendering based on a double exposure: Tesla and flash powder, then, later the sparks with no one in chair...)

    (All this is checkable...)


  2. I stand corrected. Thanks, oddjob, for keeping me honest. Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower was indeed built in Shoreham on Long Island in New York.

  3. Also, I've corrected the last paragraph to account for the fact that the government felt the tower could be used by spies and not because Tesla was suspected of being a spy.

  4. Tesla engines have the refinement of offering e-cars or electric cars. The idea of electric vehicle isn't new, and it returns to 1882 when Nikola Tesla previously proposed the electric car structure. local car dealerships