Oatmeal Receives $1 Million From Elon Musk for the Nikola Tesla Museum

As some of you may remember, The Oatmeal published his wacky impressions of what it's like to own a Tesla Model S back in May. Matthew Inman isn't just an enthusiastic owner of the electric drive luxury sedan, but an avid fan of Nikola Tesla, a Serbian American inventor best known for his contributions to the design of modern alternating current electricity supply system.
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After a big struggle, The Oatmeal managed to aquire Nikola Tesla's old Wardenclyffe laboratory, saving it from being torn down after Inman got roughly $1.3 million via Indiegogo. However, The Oatmeal wants to restore the laboratory to its former glory, turning it into a museum. Needless to say, that requires quite a bit of dough, roughly $8 according to Inman's estimates.

And now, some two months after The Oatmeal tweeted Elon Musk about his cartoonish review of the Tesla Model S, Elon Musk promised two things to Mr. Inman – 1) he's going to build a Tesla supercharger station in the parking lot of the museum; 2) he's donating $1 million to the museum itself. Props to Elon for quite the birthday present on Tesla's 158th birthday.

Located in the sleepy town of Shoreham, New York, Wardenclyffe is where Tesla attempted to build a tower that would provide free wireless energy to the entire planet. Regrettably, the Serbian American inventor didn't quite finish this project after he lost funding and the tower itself was demolished in 1917.

Against all odds, funding for the Nikola Tesla museum is steadily getting nearer the $8 million mark. Those green dollar bills coming from Tesla Motors' Elon Musk represent the biggest single donation to moment for this effort. Don't know about you, but we can't wait to visit the finished museum honoring the memory of Nikola.

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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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