Carol Anne asks

If you could be any celebrity, who would it be?

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Author: Carol Anne

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

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  1. I’d use a time machine and be Nikola Tesla. The younger Tesla, not the weird and impoverished older Tesla. I already have OCD like he did, so I guess I’d keep that part… πŸ™‚

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      1. Tesla was an electrical engineer in the mid-1800s until the mid-1900s. He and Thomas Edison were both celebrities who performed shows demonstrating what could be done with electricity. The really disliked each other. He was a close friend of Mark Twain. Tesla invented the synchronous motor and the induction motor, the basis of many electrical motors used today. He invented 3 phase AC power distribution, which is still how it’s done today. He did a lot of early work with radio, he didn’t get much credit until a court case after he died, most school books seem to still leave him out of radio history. He invented the Tesla coil, a resonant transformer that can generate ridiculously high voltages. I don’t know if there’s any practical use for it, but people love to play with them today. There are many Tesla coil kits available on Amazon and eBay. He invented the alternator, used in cars and power stations. He invented the fluorescent light. He demonstrated the first radio-controlled model boat. He had plans to power all the electrical equipment in the world with wireless power. I hate to disagree with someone with his engineering credentials and list of brilliant inventions, but as an electrical engineer myself, that plan could never have worked out. If it could have, the energy loss would have sped up global warming so much that today we’d have the conditions predicted decades in the future. The list of his inventions goes on and on. In his later years, he started getting a bit dotty and made strange statements such as his claim to have contacted aliens with no proof and the invention of a ray gun. I think the mental problems could have been mercury poisoning from his past experiments, people used to think it was pretty harmless back then. He died poor and lonely about the time WWII started. He hadn’t saved or invested any of the money he’d made, and died in poverty. Part of the problem is that he sold most of his patents to large companies like Westinghouse, who nowadays seem like the inventors. Then he sunk the money into new experiments. He was largely forgotten until recently when he was rediscovered by people who seem to worship him, forgetting that he was a brilliant engineer, but not a god. I first discovered him in some old library books in the ’70s, no one seemed to know anything about him. Now he’s famous again.

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