I came across this problem in my physics book.
This is why everyone should take physics.
History Meme: [1/3] Inventions
NIKOLA TESLA’S MECHANICAL OSCILLATOR
"…he revealed that an earthquake which drew police and ambulances to the region of his laboratory at 48 E. Houston St. in 1887 or 1888 was the result of a little machine he was experimenting with at that time which “you could put in your overcoat pocket.”
The bewildered newspapermen pounced upon this as at least one thing they could understand and “the father of modern electricity” told what had happened as follows: -
"I was experimenting with vibrations. I had one of my machines going and I wanted to see if I could get it in tune with the vibration of the building. I put it up notch after notch. There was a peculiar cracking sound.
"I asked my assistants where did the sound come from. They did not know. I put the machine up a few more notches. There was a louder cracking sound. I knew I was approaching the vibration of the steel building. I pushed the machine a little higher.
"Suddenly all the heavy machinery in the place was flying around. I grabbed a hammer and broke the machine. The building would have been down about our ears in another few minutes. Outside in the street there was pandemonium. The police and ambulances arrived. I told my assistants to say nothing. We told the police it must have been an earthquake. That’s all they ever knew about it." In another interview, he boasted that, "With this principle one could split the earth in half like an apple" [x]
I needs this. Now.
Nikola Tesla used to invite the press to his birthday parties to show them his new inventions but no one cared and if you don’t think that’s the saddest thing ever then you’re wrong