Posted Monday, July 31, 2000
So, let's say you're playing Red Alert 2, zapping the bejeezus
out of the Allies with a group of Tesla Troopers, and you're
just chuckling to yourself over the daft novelty of it all.
Soldiers who could control electrical currents? How droll. How
fanciful. How silly.
Not quite. What, you think we make
this stuff up?
Believe it or not, Serbian-American
inventor and researcher Nikola Tesla (you guessed it, the
inspiration behind RA2's Tesla Coil and Tesla Trooper) did
something not too far from that. Tesla would give exhibitions in
his lab in which he'd light a lamp without wires, instead
letting the electricity from a small electric dynamo flow
through his body (it's sort of like a high-tech version of
shuffling on the carpet in your socks). Building on other
discoveries, Tesla later managed to light 200 lamps without
wires from a distance of 25 miles, and also created man-made
lighting, producing bolts of electricity measuring 135 feet.
Hmm. Powers not unlike those of certain units in Red Alert 2,
Of course, Tesla's bold mind was matched by an equally
bold mouth. He boasted of inventions he never created: a death
ray capable of destroying 10,000 airplanes from 250 miles,
devices that could make communication with other planets
possible, and particle-beam weaponry that could split the earth
like an apple. What an imagination. If the inventor gig hadn't
worked out, ol' Tes could've easily found work as a game
Posted Friday, July 21, 2000
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