The worlda of science, invention and literature collided when this photo taken in the spring of 1894 and published in 1895 with Century Magazine‘s article “Tesla’s Oscillator and other Inventions.” Mark Twain visited inventor Nikola Tesla’s lab and held the power of electricity in his hands.

Of course, things could get A LOT crazier in Tesla’s lab:


Nikola Tesla lived a life fitting a baby during an electric storm. According to the tale, his midwife warned “He’ll be a child of the storm,” but his mother corrected “No, of light.” It’s a nice story. Don’t know if it’s true, but the Croatian born scientist indeed help give light to the world. In 1884 her immigrated to the U.S. to work with Thomas Edison, but soon got enough investors to build his own laboratories and create his own electronic devices.

Tesla is the blurry guy in the background of this photograph.