Potato Fact #180

In 1901, Nikola Tesla converted 200 acres of potato farm on Long Island into the Wardenclyffe laboratory, where he built a 187 foot high transmitter for his wireless telegraphy plant. Due to financial troubles, the project went under and the laboratory fell into ruin. In 2012, Internet cartoonist Matt Inman (The Oatmeal) partnered with the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe group to crowdfund the $1.37 million purchase of the site in order to turn it into a museum.