Nikola Tesla Socks

Nikola Tesla Socks

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This sock pays homage to the genius of electricity, Nikola Tesla. Now the inventor of alternating current can keep your tootsies warm with a soft combed cotton blend. Decorated with a Tesla Coil, these are socks even arch-nemesis Edison could appreciate. Fits men's shoe size 7-12.

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Long overshadowed by Thomas Edison and nearly forgotten, Nikola Tesla's reputation has made a comeback since the debut of an electric car company bearing his name.

Tesla emigrated from Serbia to the US to work for Edison in 1884 and soon struck out on his own, setting up laboratories and companies to develop all manner of electronic devices. He's best known for advocating Alternating Current over the Direct Current that Edison favored, and ultimately winning that argument.

Although there's a tendency to lionize Tesla today as a forgotten genius, the man was eccentric, to say the least. He refused to believe in atomic physics, for example, stating that there was no such thing as an electron -- rather an extreme belief for an electronics pioneer. He rejected Einstein's Theory of Relativity. He advocated selective breeding of humans and believed that women would become the dominant sex. He claimed that he never slept for more than two hours at a time and once worked for 84 hours straight. He was a flamboyant character who became known as the stereotypical Mad Scientist. He was known to be working on a "death ray" and wireless transmission of power. His patents earned him a lot of money, most of which he spent on personal projects with mixed success.

Tesla died alone in a hotel room in 1943 at the age of 86. Two days later the FBI seized all of his belongings, even though he was an American citizen. After investigating for three days, an MIT engineer concluded that there was nothing there to compromise national security, saying that Tesla's "thoughts and efforts during at least the past 15 years were primarily of a speculative, philosophical, and somewhat promotional character often concerned with the production and wireless transmission of power; but did not include new, sound, workable principles or methods for realizing such results." In other words, nothing to see here. 

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