15 mind-boggling Facts about Nikola Tesla, the man who ‘harnessed lightning’

Nikola Tesla, born in modern-day Croatia to Serbian parents was as an inventor, mechanical, electrical and physical engineer.

He is often considered as the man who ‘harnessed lightning,’ a true genius, and he envisioned new technologies far before their time and claimed to have had contact with extraterrestrial beings.

At an early age, Tesla became fascinated with electricity, and he was determined that one day, he would harness the power of the Universe in benefit of all living creatures.

He is best known for his numerous inventions in the field of electromagnetism, developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His work was beyond important for today’s society.

Tesla patents and their theoretical work helped to forge the foundations of modern systems for the use of electric power by alternating current (AC), including the polyphase system of electrical distribution and the AC motor, which contributed to the emergence of the Second Industrial Revolution.


Nikola Tesla moved to the United States at the age of 28 and started working for Thomas Edison. Tesla became Edison’s rival quickly, but despite their differences, they were not sworn enemies and had mutual respect for one another.

Tesla’s inventions went far beyond electricity. He made groundbreaking discoveries such as wireless radio communications, turbine engines, helicopters, fluorescent and neon lights, torpedoes and the X-ray among others. By the time of his death, Tesla held nearly 700 worldwide patents.

Nikola Tesla was born at a time which, coincidentally, coincides with an ancient Zoharic prophecy that speaks about the opening of the gates of wisdom upon the earth.

Tesla developed the idea for a “Smartphone” in 1901 Tesla described this idea to J.P. Morgan – his funder. He envisioned a fascinating idea of developing a communication apparatus that would gather stock quotes and telegram messages, funneling them to his laboratory, where he would encode them and assign them each a new frequency. That frequency would be broadcast to a device that would fit in your hand –  a modern day smartphone.

Tesla wanted to provide mankind with limitless, free energy.

Tesla did not like pearls, When his secretary wore pearl jewelry, he sent her home for the day. No one knows why he had such an aversion, but Tesla had a very particular sense of style and aesthetics.

Tesla claimed his brain was a receiver. “My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe, there is a core from which “We” obtain knowledge, strength, and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know it exists”.

Tesla intercepted what he felt were intelligent signals from space. He was also among the first to capture radio signals from “the Black Knight Satellite”.

Tesla described experiencing intense flashes of light, which were followed by moments of intense creativity and clarity. Basically, Tesla was able to imagine and see an invention in his mind during this “moment of clarity” almost ion holographic detail, Tesla claimed that he could even rotate these visions taking them apart piece by piece and he knew exactly how he was going to build these inventions based on his visionary experiences.

One of his greatest creations is the rotating magnetic field. He claimed the idea came to him in a flash of intuition.

Tesla believed it’s absurd to think we’re the only intelligent beings.

Westinghouse AC generator. The world’s first. Built by Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse. Ames Hydroelectric Plant, Telluride, Colorado. 1895 powerhouse, photo ca. 1900. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Even though his invention fuels our technology even today, Nikola Tesla never received a Nobel Prize.

In 1934 Tesla made headlines with his most controversial invention, “the death beam” which according to Tesla, could generate enough energy to bring down a fleet of 10,000 airplanes at a distance of 250 miles away.

Tesla began work on his flying machine in 1910, focusing on the use of field propulsion, or anti-gravity Tesla had discovered that high amounts of electricity could actually create lift in an object.

Nikola Tesla was obsessed with the number three and he was very interested in numerology. In fact, his obsession made him circle a building three times before entering it. Fuirthermore, Telsa had calculated nodal points around the Earth and they were probably linked to the numbers three, six and nine. Nikola Tesla claimed that the numbers 3,6, and 9 had a very importnat meaning in the universe.

Tesla considered himself an environmentalist. As we could probably deduce from his work on Free energy, Teslawas “very concerned about the fact that we were using up the Earth’s resources too fast. He had seeral ideas to prevent us ‘destosing earth’. Tesla wanted to make sure that we were using nonfossil, renewable fuels.”

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