In 1890, Thomas Edison created some of the world’s first “talking” dolls.

In 1890, Thomas Edison created some of the world’s first “talking” dolls. The vocal components were recently restored to reveal insanely eerie, shrill intonations (even their inventor found them “unpleasant.”) The not-easily-spooked may listen to “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep” here ... if you dare. »5/17/15 5:00pm5/17/15 5:00pm


Tesla gets his revenge on Thomas Edison through the "power" of rap

Epic Rap Battles of History has finally gotten around to the most important scientific feud of all time. I was afraid Edison's savvy business sense and promotional skills would lead him to having the doper rhymes, but I feel like Tesla really pulled it out at the end. Oh, if only the real Tesla had been so lucky! »3/12/13 2:30pm3/12/13 2:30pm

One of the best tributes to Nikola Tesla we've ever read

Nikola Tesla was a brilliant (if sometimes misunderstood) scientist, tinkerer and genius. Thomas Edison was kind of an exploitative creep. You may already know these things, but The Oatmeal's Matt Inman really drives both points home in his latest webcomic, and does so with the twisted mix of hilarious visual aid and… »5/17/12 12:10pm5/17/12 12:10pm

Watch the first kiss in the history of cinema, filmed by Thomas Edison

In 1896, the famed inventor, futurist, and elephant electrocution archivist made history yet again by recording the first kiss in cinema history. This clip, which featured a mustachioed fellow leering over Canadian actress Mae Irwin, was considered scandalous at the time, but Edison was no stranger to courting… »1/20/12 11:00am1/20/12 11:00am