Today is Nikola Tesla Day!

It is also his birthday.

Hey, it’s a reason to party.

He was an inventor and genius with an eidetic memory.

He was instrumental in the invention, development, or enhancement of, among other things; alternating current (actually that’s a discovery) robotics, the electric motor, lasers, wireless communications, X-rays, and radio.

Some say he changed the world.

Maybe, maybe not, but he obtained nearly 300 patents for the things he did create.

He was an odd ball, a misfit, an eccentric,

And a workaholic.

He worked daily from 9 AM  until 6 PM, ate dinner at exactly 8:10 each day and for years at Delmonico’s restaurant.  He telephoned his dinner order to the headwaiter, who was also the only one Tesla would allow to serve him. He dined alone.

After dinner, he’d head back to work and stay there until around 3 AM.

He claimed to sleep no more than two hours per night.

He walked 8-10 miles DAILY!

He curled his toes exactly 100 times on each foot every night claiming that it stimulated his brain cells.

I may try this.

Later in life, he became a vegetarian living on milk, bread, honey, and vegetable juices.

He was 6’ 2”, weighed 142 pounds with little or no variation from 1888 to 1926, and was described by those who interviewed him as “…certainly the most serious man…”

His grooming habits were meticulous, his clothes stylish, and his customs unchanging.

He was said to have light eyes and “very big hands.”

He never married, claiming that his chastity was helpful to his scientific abilities, and felt he could “…never be worthy of a woman…” as he considered “…them superior in every way…”

Later in life he changed his tune and claimed “…women were trying to outdo men and make themselves more dominant.”

He became indignant and felt that women were losing their femininity by demanding the vote and attempting to gain power.

In August of 1924, in an interview with The Galveston Daily News, he said, “…In place of the soft voiced, gentle woman of my reverent worship, has come the woman who thinks that her chief success in life lies in making herself as much as possible like man – in dress, voice, and actions, in sports and achievements of every kind…The tendency of women to push aside man, supplanting the old spirit of cooperation with him in all the affairs of life, is very disappointing to me.”

It’s probably a good thing he’s dead now.

And may explain why he never had a girlfriend, or the fact that no pink knitted chapeaus were found in his effects.

Hey, like I said, it’s a reason to party – happy Tesla Day.