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The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

timothy posted about 5 months ago | from the carreon-should-donate-too dept.

The Almighty Buck 78

Ars Technica notes (as does Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman) that Elon Musk has agreed to donate $1 million towards the restoration of Nikola Tesla's old lab as a museum, a project that Inman has been pushing for some time now. And if you happen to get there in a Tesla, you're in luck: Musk is also planning to install one of his company's superchargers in the parking lot. (At the other end of the east coast, you can visit a very different kind of Tesla museum.)

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Fair enough (4, Funny)

rossdee (243626) | about 5 months ago | (#47427659)

After all he is using the name for his cars.

Next up, the Ford motor company donates to the Gerald Ford presidential library

Re:Fair enough (0)

Forbo (3035827) | about 5 months ago | (#47427719)

Except that Ford Motors was around long before Gerald Ford became president.

Naming rights ploy (4, Interesting)

tepples (727027) | about 5 months ago | (#47427771)

We'll know it's a naming rights ploy if Elon Musk tries to buy the naming rights to something near Thomas Edison National Historical Park in New Jersey.

Re:Naming rights ploy (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 5 months ago | (#47429025)

Why would anyone want anything near New Jersey

Re:Naming rights ploy (2)

tepples (727027) | about 5 months ago | (#47429209)

It was supposed to be an allusion to the old feud between Nik and Tom.

Re:Fair enough (1)

hsmith (818216) | about 5 months ago | (#47427781)

Never go full potatoe [sic]

Re:Fair enough (1)

Paradise Pete (33184) | about 5 months ago | (#47428235)

Never go full potatoe [sic]

The "potatoe" incident was not Gerald Ford, it was the legendary Dan Quayle.

Re:Fair enough (1)

Ol Olsoc (1175323) | about 5 months ago | (#47428485)

Never go full potatoe [sic]

The "potatoe" incident was not Gerald Ford, it was the legendary Dan Quayle.

Wrong meme. whoosh.

Re:Fair enough (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47427865)

The Ford motor company is named after Henry Ford, not Gerald.

Re: Fair enough (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47428583)

But didn't Gerald Ford drive a Ford? ?

On his Birthday, even... (5, Informative)

bughunter (10093) | about 5 months ago | (#47427751)

Happy birthday, Nikola, you crazy bastard [vice.com] !

Re:On his Birthday, even... (0)

mirix (1649853) | about 5 months ago | (#47428841)

Why can't someone borderline insane be for the sterilization of the insane? Keep in mind that he had no partner or children, by choice... or barring that, that it's pretty common for people with an odd outlook to think of themselves as normal or proper.

Parts of Canada kept sterilizing mental deficients through the 70's, he would have been proud.

Re:On his Birthday, even... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47429573)

Well, ask yourself why reproduction is rewarded among the more ignorant and penalized among the more intelligent.

Which is harder to farm? A smart rebellious cow or a dumb docile one?

Re:On his Birthday, even... (1)

pr0fessor (1940368) | about 5 months ago | (#47432925)

"A century from now it will no more occur to a normal person to mate with a person eugenically unfit than to marry a habitual criminal."

This makes me giggle.. he was not aware of the bad boy effect..

I found it disturbing that as an intelligent college student working a full time job and having all my stuff together, the women often times passed me over for guys with drinking/drug problems that were drop outs, had criminal records, and were unable to hold any employment. Were these guys physically more attractive? Not really, I won that genetic lottery as well, they were attracted to me but I frequently ended up in the friend zone like most nice guys.

 

Damn (1)

Anrego (830717) | about 5 months ago | (#47427763)

I love how this guy just does crazy awesome things to make the world better.

How to get the rest of the $8 million (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47427791)

Inman estimates it will take $8 million to clean up the site (lots of buildings from Kodak) and to build out the museum. His web comic plea to Musk was for the full amount, and Musk has pledged $1 million in response.

Here's the next pitch: offer a long-term lease of the non-Tesla-related buildings to Tesla in order to establish a facility of some sort on the east coast and add that revenue to the museum's operating budget. This would increase Tesla's brand image considerably; it would increase the draw to the museum site itself (Tesla can offer tours of whatever type of facility it builds there).

Does it make business sense, though? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47428013)

Son, business is about four things:

1. Blood.

2. Sweat.

3. Tears.

4. Losing all of your peers.

As you can see, "Leasing unneeded office space thousands of miles away that isn't needed for current or future business purposes, for the sole aim of getting basically no goodwill or brand recognition from the 99.9999999% of people who have no fucking clue who Nikola Tesla was." doesn't appear in that list.

Musk pledged $1,000,000 already. That's more than enough. He's got a goddamn business to run, and he shouldn't be wasting money that could be better spent on that business.

If anyone should be doing the hard work here, it's those who want to build the museum. They need to find a way to make that $1,000,000 go a long way. And hopefully it's because they find ways to create the museum more efficiently, rather than hounding and guilt-tripping hard-working, productive businessmen and businesswomen into giving up large sums of money that could be better used elsewhere.

Re:Does it make business sense, though? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47428913)

Musk is worse than EDISON!!!

Re:Does it make business sense, though? (1, Funny)

HnT (306652) | about 5 months ago | (#47429431)

All I really hear you saying is these four:

1. money

2. money

3. money

4. money

The hero Gotham needs (5, Interesting)

RyoShin (610051) | about 5 months ago | (#47427821)

PayPal, rockets, electric cars, solar panels, paying $1 million for oatmeal or something in the name of a Tesla museum. While he doesn't have absolute control of any one of those industries, he's sounding more and more like a modern Andrew Carnegie, maybe with some Benjamin Franklin mixed in.

Re:The hero Gotham needs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47427837)

PayPal, rockets, electric cars, solar panels, paying $1 million for oatmeal or something in the name of a Tesla museum. While he doesn't have absolute control of any one of those industries, he's sounding more and more like a modern Andrew Carnegie, maybe with some Benjamin Franklin mixed in.

Correction. If Musk is the Goddamn Batman, then let's get it right: He paid $1M for the Oatmean in the name of a goddamn Tesla museum.

Re:The hero Gotham needs (1)

Anrego (830717) | about 5 months ago | (#47427857)

Indeed.

He's got crazy ideas, but he seems to be able to make them happen. We'll probably see consumer level electric cars and private space travel due in large part to his efforts.

He's pretty much the only person in the world who if announced had discovered perpetual energy, I'd probably believe.

Re:The hero Gotham needs (0, Troll)

Singularitarian2048 (1068276) | about 5 months ago | (#47428097)

You went a little overboard in that last sentence there.

Re:The hero Gotham needs (-1, Troll)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 5 months ago | (#47428109)

While he doesn't have absolute control of any one of those industries, he's sounding more and more like a modern Andrew Carnegie, maybe with some Benjamin Franklin mixed in.

Seriously? I knew Musk's personality cult was getting bad, but this is a new low. On the philanthropic front, Musk isn't even bloody close to what either Andrew Carnegie [wikipedia.org] or Benjamin [wikipedia.org] Franklin [wikipedia.org] left for posterity.

(Yeah, I know the Musk fan boy club will mod me down, so be it. The truth remains the truth.)

Re:The hero Gotham needs (1)

RyoShin (610051) | about 5 months ago | (#47428309)

Both of those people are dead, their legacies set. You are correct that Musk doesn't have as vast a philanthropic footprint as either of those two at the moment, but he's also very much alive (43 yo, no serious health issues I am aware of) and has plenty of time to make billions of dollars and then donate that to whatever.

For reference, both Carnegie and Franklin were approx 84 when they died. Assuming we don't go all Mad Max, 40 years is a lot of time for Musk to play catch up.

Re:The hero Gotham needs (2)

hubie (108345) | about 5 months ago | (#47428653)

Musk strikes me more of a Howard Hughes. Let's hope he doesn't start bottling his urine ...

Re:The hero Gotham needs (1)

chihowa (366380) | about 5 months ago | (#47429059)

Hughes' legacy [wikipedia.org] is enormous, too. As a philanthropic institute, it's endowment is second only to Gates.

Re:The hero Gotham needs (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 5 months ago | (#47431015)

Musk strikes me as a lot of things... Carnegie and Franklin aren't among them.

He's an emerging master at PR and managing public opinion, and his fan base (very prevalent here on Slashdot) just laps it up.

Re:The hero Gotham needs (1)

bledri (1283728) | about 5 months ago | (#47432983)

Musk strikes me as a lot of things... Carnegie and Franklin aren't among them.

He's an emerging master at PR and managing public opinion, and his fan base (very prevalent here on Slashdot) just laps it up.

His rockets get to orbit with RP-1 [youtu.be] , not PR. You don't get a $5 billion launch manifest [spacex.com] with PR.

Yes, there are delays and difficulties with both Tesla and SpaceX. Now show me someone that is building more compelling electric cars than Tesla. Owner's of Tesla's love them. If it wasn't a good car, it wouldn't have the satisfaction ratings it does. Car magazines wouldn't be raving about it.

Show me a "new space" company that is delivering cargo to the the ISS, returning mass to Earth, developing a manned capsule, self-funding reusability development [youtube.com] , self-funding development of seriously big rocket engines for Saturn V size rockets.

I'm an unabashed fan because he's making interesting shit happen. The main reasons I've seen for people bagging on him are envy or ideology (Tesla got a government loan - that they paid back, SpaceX got NASA money - to deliver cargo cheaper than any competitor, etc...)

Re:The hero Gotham needs (1)

torkus (1133985) | about 5 months ago | (#47433227)

Agreed. Despite plenty of unnecessary/unrealistic opposition he continues to Get Shit Done.

Oh, Tesla cars ... yah but let's try to make your dealerships illegal.

Rockets? Welllllllll......we *might* let you launch them from your own space. Maybe. Oh...you might take them out of the country? NVM...here some some approvals.

I'm not saying give the guy carte blanche but his track record is pretty impressive even despite the artificial barriers thrown up in front of his work. I mean...when he's delivering cargo for NASA that they simply *CANNOT* deliver as they lack the equipment to do so AND doing it for less money AND making some profit in the process?

Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way. :)

Re:The hero Gotham needs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47433681)

Only way I can see an electric vheicle dealership working is if they specialized in only that, just Teslas, Nissan Leafs, Ford Focus Electrics, Zero Cycles and the Harley Davidson Livewire etc., thats the only way they'd get a fair shake at a dealership that wants to have constant cash flow from maintenence and repairs on internal combustion vheicles.

So, which is it? (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 5 months ago | (#47436799)

The main reasons I've seen for people bagging on him are envy or ideology (Tesla got a government loan - that they paid back, SpaceX got NASA money - to deliver cargo cheaper than any competitor, etc...)

You don't seem to realize that Tesla *borrowed* the funds he used to pay back the government loan - so he's still in debt and still tottering on the edge because he hasn't brought a car to the mass market. That's not envy or ideology, that's a stone cold fact like the sun rising in the East tomorrow morning.
 
SpaceX may be cheaper, but so what? Their demonstrated flight rate, schedule reliability, and flight reliability are far, far below industry averages. As with Tesla, they're tottering on the edge and propped up with government money. (Because their performance is so low, Again, this isn't envy or ideology, it's stone cold facts.
 
I can see only two reasons why you might make the claim you did - either you're completely ignorant of the facts, or you just handwave them away like any fan boy does when confronted with unpleasant reality. (In which case, you're pretty much a poster boy for exactly the kind of clueless fan boy I was talking about.)

Which is it?

Re:The hero Gotham needs (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 5 months ago | (#47436777)

Yep, happened exactly as it always does, the Musk fan boys have been at it - because they can't stand the truth or anything that doesn't smack of adulation verging on worship.

Re:The hero Gotham needs (1)

nEoN nOoDlE (27594) | about 5 months ago | (#47429383)

So you're saying we should name a deli after him?

Re:The hero Gotham needs (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about 5 months ago | (#47430093)

PayPal is not exactly something to be proud of. It's only popular because eBay forces you to use it and excludes all other online payment methods, not because it's good.

But yeah, all the other stuff is awesome.

Re:The hero Gotham needs (1)

torkus (1133985) | about 5 months ago | (#47433253)

Paypal was unique and groundbreaking in it's day. I would certainly be proud of it.

Imperfect? Sure. Still is for that matter. How they managed to avoid getting classified as a bank is beyond me (tin hat: backroom deals to provide info to TLAs)

How eBay's using it now is obnoxious and abusive for sure.

conflict (3, Interesting)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 months ago | (#47427863)

On one hand a FACT based science museum for Tesla is cool. OTOH Inman a rude asshat when you point out some of what he says about Tesla is false.

Re:conflict (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47428219)

OTOH Inman a rude asshat when you point out some of what he says about Tesla is false.

For example? (serious question. I'm not not disputing it.)

Re:conflict (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47428511)

http://theoatmeal.com/blog/tesla_response

Jesus does he come off like a stupid asshole in his counter-response.

Re:conflict (2)

phantomfive (622387) | about 5 months ago | (#47429043)

IMO the worst is trying to drag up a fight that was silly 100 years ago. It's ok to think that both Edison and Tesla were great men.....because they were. You don't have to choose sides.

Re:conflict (1)

painandgreed (692585) | about 5 months ago | (#47431965)

IMO the worst is trying to drag up a fight that was silly 100 years ago. It's ok to think that both Edison and Tesla were great men.....because they were. You don't have to choose sides.

No, but it's fun to, because it's just some silly fight from 100 years ago.

Re:conflict (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 5 months ago | (#47432707)

If you enjoy it, knock yourself out.

Re:conflict (1)

painandgreed (692585) | about 5 months ago | (#47450989)

Tesla! Ra! Ra! Ra!

Re:conflict (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 5 months ago | (#47453239)

Boo! Hiss!

Re:conflict (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47429487)

He comes off overly defensive, but most of his points are actually correct. Asshole? I wouldn't go that far. Jerk, maybe. But saying he's stupid is just wrong.

Re:conflict (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47429893)

This just about sums up what I was going to write. (I'm the AC who asked the question).

Re:conflict (1)

drummerboybac (1003077) | about 5 months ago | (#47430801)

Inman has never denied being kind of an asshole on occasion. If he wasnt, his comics wouldnt be as good as they are.

Re:conflict (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47431301)

Hitler never denied he was the leader of the Third Reich. Does that excuse him in your mind, too?

Re:conflict (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47432049)

Godwin much?

Re:conflict (1)

crgrace (220738) | about 5 months ago | (#47431995)

Indeed. I also find it strange Matt is so adamant that Tesla was shafted by modern memory, when the very unit of magnetic field strength is the Tesla! How many people get units of measurement named after them? Why did Musk name his car company Tesla if nobody had ever heard of him? Why did a heavy metal band name themselves Tesla and use the electricity metaphor in their marketing? There are researchers who probably contributed even more to the development of the modern world such as Steinmetz, Heaviside, and Shannon who are more obscure to the general public than Tesla.

Re:conflict (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47433987)

Indeed. I also find it strange Matt is so adamant that Tesla was shafted by modern memory, when the very unit of magnetic field strength is the Tesla! How many people get units of measurement named after them? Why did Musk name his car company Tesla if nobody had ever heard of him? Why did a heavy metal band name themselves Tesla and use the electricity metaphor in their marketing? There are researchers who probably contributed even more to the development of the modern world such as Steinmetz, Heaviside, and Shannon who are more obscure to the general public than Tesla.

But thats exactly what he means, outside of engineers, scientists and geeks the general public have no idea who Tesla is nor about anything he's ever done. But most of them do know the name Edison and most think he invented the light bulb and pretty much everything electric.

Re:conflict (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47428479)

Leave it to a slashdot user to say that someone else's statement about something is false without a link to back it up.

Matthew Inman's next kickstarter project... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47427983)

Raise $100,000 dollars to send him to an art school to actually learn how to draw. All his characters look disgustingly ugly and morbidly obese. Maybe its a deliberate effort to match the physical appearance of his fan base.

Speaking of Tesla (3, Interesting)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 5 months ago | (#47427991)

I have a Yugoslavian one hundred billion dinar note from when there was hyperinflation in that country a few decades ago. It's got a nice picture of Tesla on the front.

His birthday is also the same as my wife's.

I'm posting this comment apropos of nothing. But Tesla was one bad ass. And was so cool that David Bowie played him in a movie. And I have no evidence of this, but I'm pretty sure that the huge explosion in Tunguska back in 1908 was caused by Tesla trying to build a time machine. Or something. Here, go read it yourself. I have the day off tomorrow, so I'm already half in the bag. Catch me in an hour or so, and I'll tell you my theory about Tesla actually being the immortal Count of St. Germain, who still lives today developing Android apps and smoking DMT.

http://www.teslasociety.com/tu... [teslasociety.com]

Re:Speaking of Tesla (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47428115)

And I have no evidence of this, but I'm pretty sure that the huge explosion in Tunguska back in 1908 was caused by Tesla trying to build a time machine. Or something. Here, go read it yourself. I have the day off tomorrow, so I'm already half in the bag.

http://www.teslasociety.com/tu... [teslasociety.com]

OK settle down, Gramps... finish off that bottle of Wild Turkey, tuck yourself into bed, and say "night night". I am a huge Tesla fan, but you can't ignore the science of the Tunguska site. Now you're just sounding like an undiscerning fanboy instead of a thoughtful admirer.

Re:Speaking of Tesla (0)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 months ago | (#47428147)

" Now you're just sounding like an undiscerning fanboy instead of a thoughtful admirer."
Just like Inman.

Re:Speaking of Tesla (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 5 months ago | (#47429081)

finish off that bottle of Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey...please. Who's gonna drink that swill when I've got a few quarts of homemade slivovitza under my sink? That way, besides the buzz, I get all the vitamins and minerals from the plums. And, in a pinch, I can run my 1973 Mercedes diesel on the stuff.

If you were a real "thoughtful admirer" of Nikola Tesla, you'd know that. Hmph.

Re:Speaking of Tesla (0, Flamebait)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 months ago | (#47428137)

"that the huge explosion in Tunguska back in 1908 was caused by Tesla trying to build a time machine.
you're an idiot. In fact, that so idiotic I think it rippled back in time and cause bigfoot's head to explode and THAT'S what caused Tunguska. That is just a plausible as your statement.

Re:Speaking of Tesla (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47428213)

Wow dude! You need humor therapy. Maybe find a job as a correctional officer in a juvenile detention camp in the meantime.

Re:Speaking of Tesla (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47428483)

Calm down man, have some onion dip :)

Re:Speaking of Tesla (1)

mirix (1649853) | about 5 months ago | (#47428945)

I see your 100 billion and raise you 500 000 000 000 [wikipedia.org]

one new (1994) dinar was equal to 10^27 old (socialist yugoslavia) dinar, four years later. I guess a country disintegrating war and embargo will do that.

There's already a Tesla museum, in Belgrade. (4, Informative)

Animats (122034) | about 5 months ago | (#47428151)

The Tesla Museum [tesla-museum.org] already exists.

Tesla did great work with AC generators and motors. Most common AC motors today still use approaches he invented. That's his legacy.

Wardenclyffe, though, is a monument to failure. From his patents, you can read how he thought it would work. He thought the ionosphere was a conductive layer. The Wardenclyffe tower was supposed to punch power through the atmosphere to that conductive layer, so that signals and maybe power could be received elsewhere.

The ionosphere does not work that way. Tesla's tower would have done nothing useful, although with 200KW at 20KHz going in, it probably could have lit up fluorescent lamps and gas tubes for some distance around. Since the location is now surrounded by a housing subdivision, rebuilding the tower and powering it up would annoy the neighbors.

Re:There's already a Tesla museum, in Belgrade. (4, Interesting)

Mal-2 (675116) | about 5 months ago | (#47428605)

Tesla's tower would have done nothing useful, although with 200KW at 20KHz going in, it probably could have lit up fluorescent lamps and gas tubes for some distance around. Since the location is now surrounded by a housing subdivision, rebuilding the tower and powering it up would annoy the neighbors.

It wouldn't have done what he envisioned, but it could well have proven to be the worlds' first VLF radio station. I'm sure it would have crossed his mind to modulate the transmitted power at some point, and any receiving equipment on the other end could easily have demodulated this into an audible tone. Other people were already playing with radio, including modulating it with audio frequencies, but even if the idea wasn't original, it could have provided a viable product for Tesla to market and sell. It would have been accidentally useful, but that's exactly the sort of break Tesla could have used.

Re:There's already a Tesla museum, in Belgrade. (1)

Animats (122034) | about 5 months ago | (#47429301)

It wouldn't have done what he envisioned, but it could well have proven to be the worlds' first VLF radio station.

Marconi already had VLF working, sort of, before Wardenclyffe was built. Marconi's R&D approach was to transmit across short distances, test and improve the hardware, then try longer distances. Over a few years, he slowly worked up from across the room to across the ocean. Less grandiose than Tesla, but more successful.

Tesla is said to have assisted in the construction of the 1913 Telefunken VLF station on Long Island, but the IRE Journal article [google.com] doesn't mention him. Telefunken built a VLF antenna much the way one would be built today - a simple guyed tower resting on an insulator base, with wires spreading outward to a circle of poles. They only used 35KW, instead of Tesla's 200KW. The station communicated with a similar station in Germany.

Re:There's already a Tesla museum, in Belgrade. (1)

stajp (2588149) | about 5 months ago | (#47429829)

The Tesla Museum [tesla-museum.org] already exists.

And there is a memorial center in his home village Smiljan in Croatia http://www.mcnikolatesla.hr/ [mcnikolatesla.hr] . Tesla cars are often seen there, as it has a free charger for electric cars (rarity in Croatia), although it's not a supercharger (Elon Musk, what are you waiting for? :D )

Tesla memorial center was a stop during the Croatian EV rally earlier this year, with both Tesla S and roadster models participating (pictures available in gallery on their website)

Moral of the Story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47428577)

Ask for $8 million, get $1 million.

Re:Moral of the Story (1)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | about 5 months ago | (#47428985)

Ask for $8 million, get $1 million.

Maybe The Oatmeal should take a cue from the guy who started a $10 campaign for potato salad on Kickstarter. [forbes.com] He seems to get a pretty good return on his requests.

Re:Moral of the Story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47431043)

perhaps they only wanted 1 million so they asked for 8???

Tesla is soooo yesterday! (4, Interesting)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | about 5 months ago | (#47428949)

I'm going to visit the museum in an Elio! [eliomotors.com]

Yes Slashdot, I even left your gclid in the URL so you get another ad credit for each click. :-P

Tesla Fans (1)

EmagGeek (574360) | about 5 months ago | (#47430169)

Shit, reading these comments, you'd think Slashdot would take Tesla over Chuck Norris in a fight...

Re:Tesla Fans (1)

cellocgw (617879) | about 5 months ago | (#47432061)

Shit, reading these comments, you'd think Slashdot would take Tesla over Chuck Norris in a fight

Probably not a good idea, as here are
the results [googlefight.com] of said competition.

Title is wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#47430557)

"The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum"

Shouldn't this be "Elon Musk Donates $1 Million to Tesla Museum"

Why would Oatmeal's founder be the hero of this story?

Re:Title is wrong (1)

Clockwurk (577966) | about 5 months ago | (#47430905)

Because it's always about the Oatmeal's founder.

Re:Title is wrong (1)

neminem (561346) | about 5 months ago | (#47431437)

Um, because the Tesla Museum was the The Oatmeal guy's baby? And because Elon Musk presumably is donating a million bucks at least in part because said Oatmeal guy made a comic a few weeks ago that started off talking about how awesome Teslas were, and then finished by making fun of Musk for being all excited about the museum, but donating an extraordinarily tiny fraction of his immense wealth? How is the title at all wrong?

Electrotherapy "Museum" closed (1)

_anomaly_ (127254) | about 5 months ago | (#47432745)

The Electrotherapy Museum [electrotherapymuseum.com] referenced at the end of the summary is no longer open to visitors as of June of this year.
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