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Desc:Edison shows us the dangers of alternating current.
Category:Pets & Animals, Horror
Tags:elephant, edison, Electrocuted, ac
Submitted:B. Weed
Date:02/20/08
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Comment count is 27
gambol
It was a better time for science.
Wonko the Sane
If SCIENCE is to thrive then endangered species must die
13.5
Teslafied!
ztc
Edison, you absolute shitbag!

Proof that even the smartest guy in the world can turn into a total cunt when his rightness is at stake.
Aelric
that's my great uncle by marriage you are talking about there! cool it!

C. Eloi Marx
While I'll agree that Edison was a shitbag for other reasons, in truth this was a circus elephant that had killed 3 people and was going to be killed by it's owners anyway.

They originally wanted to hang it with a crane but Edison convinced the owners to let him electrocute it instead. Really this most dickhead thing about this is that is was a promotion for Edison's almost unworkable DC power-transmission.

ZawBanjito
Right! Edisooooon, when will you answer for your crimes and history be revised to reflect that in fact you wafdfvgfbg sorry about that, I had to light a new candle.

Corman's Inferno
Stop it, guys.

He's completely in the right. I can't count the number of times I've only had three minutes to prepare an elephant roast for the Bilderburg Group summer luncheon. Bravo, Mr. Edison!

C. Eloi Marx
Zaw, a few thing:

1. Edison didn't invent the light bulb, the general design was made by English chemist Humphry Davy in 1809. Edison's particular design was from patents he bought in 1875 from Henry Woodward and Matthew Evans. The light bulb has many fathers over more then 100 years of development before it became practical, Edison's bulbs weren't even particularly good ones.

2. Most cities had good gaslight infrastructure, and with a gas mantle they provided light that was brighter, cheaper and more reliable then electric light in the late 19th century. It was only because electricity could power other household items that the light bulb took off in the 20th century.

ztc
I'd like the fact that I 5-starred this video to be taken into consideration when I claim that I'm not really mad at a guy for killing an elephant in black and white a hundred years ago.

What I'm really annoyed about is the lack of sound. That must have been something else.

Syd Midnight
Back then you could do anything you wanted to an animal. He could have shot it with a cannon. "Elephant vs 18 field gun" would have been the coolest movie ever.

Syd Midnight
ZTC: For sound, play http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=27085 in the background

Jeff Fries
I think you mean this clip: http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=30523

ZawBanjito
Marx: Jesus, you're right. Let's get to the Supreme Court.

fermun
She actually supposedly never made a sound. He had poisoned her first so she was likely already dying.

EvilHomer
This video is shocking.
kingarthur
Take that, Tesla!
Roachbud
More like: take that, Westinghouse

Syd Midnight
Take that thousands who were executed by electric chair because this convinced a few people it was more humane than hanging.

EvilHomer
I still don't get why we stopped using guillotines. They're simple, they're cheap, they're quick, they're painless, they're effective, and they give French families a way to pass the time on a hot summer day. Seriously, if we're going to have the death penalty, why do we need all this fancy crap?

Azraelazitgetz
On a slight tangent, Peter Christopherson included this bit on NIN's Closure video.
Endoris
Needs a "ssssmokin'" tag.
davinciclone
PLEASE DON'T WESTINGHOUSE THE ELEPHANTS
RockBolt
19th Century format wars

p.s. Edison was a douchebag
Lauritz Melchior
A total douchebag. He tried to get the electric chair to be named the Westinghouse.

andru strange
no way! whatta dick!

kingofthenothing
"the faces of death" related links aren't so great, but holy shit, you can fry an elephant in 3 seconds!
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