I am fascinated with biographies. I have to admit that I haven’t read that many of them, but I know that there is typically goodness to be found within each, things to learn, things to help myself on this journey called life. Well, one story from the story of Nicola Tesla got me thinking one day about the possibilities of electricity and harnessing the power that exists all around us. So here is my latest idea, to build a lightning rod. I am not really sure how to go about it, or even if it’ll work, but I am inspired to think that anything is possible if I just put my mind to it. I wouldn’t suggest following in my footsteps unless you first buy life insurance.

So, in the back yard of the place at which I live there is a wide grass area where I can envision a perfect spot to begin construction of my “Tesla lightning rod.” It is wide and aside from the fact that I would probably have to hide what I am doing from the home owner, I think it’d be a beauty of a place to get crackin’ on this new project.

So, I remember seeing in an online video about Tesla that the voltage that he pumped through his larger coils was staggering. I am not totally sure what those things are all about, ya know, watts, volts, amps, etc. Probably would be a good thing to take some time to learn about, because I saw on that same movie that Edison would use Tesla’s inventions improperly to scare public crowds and even fried a stray elephant to prove how dangerous it was. Hmm, maybe I too should buy some life insurance before I get going on this little experiment.

Well, it did appear dangerous, but Tesla understood how to harness that power safely. He even did his own public experiments to show that the same electricity that Edison was using to kill animals when used properly could run through people without any adverse happenings. Wow! Now THAT would be cool to understand. I think I’ll have to pick up some books before I begin my coil.

Another story about experimenting with electricity that I heard several times while growing up was the one where Benjamin Franklin flew a kite in an electric storm. Not a terribly outlandish idea, but he also fastened a metal lightning pole to its mast. He then, with the help of a wire, let the electricity travel down to earth and…well, that’s about all I remember. I do however recall seeing cartoons in which that famous experiment was depicted and seeing him getting shocked. I’m not really sure if that’s what happened, but with those couple stories showing the power of the energy around us, I think I am going to have to get some life insurance prior to any actual experiments and I must insist that you do the same.

Life is a precious gift and making sure to protect our families in our absence is vitally important.

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