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If there was one man who could have been a real life super villan, he had all the tools to do it. Tesla was an undisputed super genius (possibly to the point of insanity) and had the ability to build machines that were decades, maybe even centuries ahead of their time – some of which were capable of science fiction style destruction in a time when horses were still a major mode of transportation.
Think about it – in a time of gas lamps and top hats, one man was able to harness the power of electricity in ways that we still can’t reproduce. It has been speculated that one of his inventions might have caused the Tunguska Event in Russia. Just think how different the world would be now if he would have decided that we weren’t smart enough to control our destiny. Luckily he was more focused on his science than social engineering, but he was a fascinating example of the unlimited capabilities of the human mind.
Nikola Tesla may not have gotten proper recognition for his work during his lifetime, but being portrayed by David Bowie in The Prestige is not only pretty cool – it is just another reason that he is my choice for Badass of the week. Click here to read about this incredible man!