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Lab Track: Nikola Tesla Dood

You’re a fan of Matthew Inman’s comic The Oatmeal, yes? Aren’t we all? Have you seen his reverential Nikola Tesla comic? Did you know that Inman loves Tesla so much that he ran an Indiegogo campaign that raised $1.37 million to purchase Tesla’s own lab in hopes of turning it into a Tesla museum? And that it was successful? Did you know that he’s now raising money to actually build that museum, an effort to which Elon Musk of Tesla Motors just donated $1 million? Did you know that you can help the project get the rest of the money it needs by buying a T-shirt or an engraved brick?

Well, now you know. Here’s a song Inman created in collaboration with singer/songwriter Sarah Donner to help publicize the project. Though most of the lyrics are about how she’d like to get with Mr. Tesla and what terrible things she’d like to do to Thomas Edison, there is a bit of science hidden within. Also, bonus points for not even trying to find a word that rhymes with Tesla by simply calling him “Mr. Tesla Dood.” Enjoy!

This has been another installment of Monday Lab Tracks. Send us your musical recommendations through our contact link at the top of the page, and tell us what you think of the song in the comments below!

Ashley Hamer

Ashley Hamer (aka Smashley) is a saxophonist and writer living in Chicago, where she performs regularly with the funk band FuzZz and jazz ensemble Big Band Boom. She also does standup comedy, sort of, sometimes. Her tenor saxophone's name is Ladybird.

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