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Nikola Tesla Facts: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Great Inventor (VIDEO)

11/12/2012 12:36 pm ET | Updated Nov 12, 2012

As a rival to Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla was the quintessential underdog scientist—in recent years, he's become an Internet darling. Today he is renowned enough that a crowd-funded effort raised $1.4 million to save his former laboratory.

His posthumous rise to fame was supported by stories of lightning machines, government conspiracies and his own eccentric personality, but that's just scratching the surface.

In the video above, learn more about the under-appreciated inventor with 10 Things You [Maybe] Didn't Know About Nikola Tesla. Spoiler alert: one of his exploits involves a death ray.

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