The Oatmeal is a quasi-comic strip website run by Matthew Inman of Seattle. Apparently he’s also a fan of Nikola Tesla, so he helped raise $1.37 million through crowdfund donations in order to purchase Tesla’s laboratory and set up the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in New York. However, an additional $8 million is needed to build, staff, and maintain the museum. Who could be the one to help this labor of love become a reality?
Perhaps a certain billionaire? Indeed, The Oatmeal is making an appeal to Elon Musk to help out with the museum. Musk has already pledged $2500 for the earlier crowdfund campaign but, now that the laboratory has been bought, The Oatmeal is going into overdrive trying to seduce the CEO of Tesla Motors.
First was the review of the Model S, which was awash in superlatives, but Inman also made a case for Musk to contribute to the museum. “A polite request from a humongous fan … You owe us nothing, and you’ve done nothing but good things in the name of Nikola Tesla. But the fact remains: Tesla Motors, a company now worth billions, is using Nikola Tesla’s name, and they’re using his technology, and all we want in return is a little bit of help.”
Musk posted on Twitter that he “. . . would be happy to help.” Does that mean $8 million’s worth of help? It remains to be seen.