A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 14, 2016
“What do you call a stolen Tesla?"/"An Edison.”

Tesla Motors was named after Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), who died at his residence in New York City’s New Yorker Hotel (where there is a commemorative plaque). “Nikola Tesla Corner” is located at Sixth Avenue and 40th Street in Manhattan. Many people believe that Tesla’s ideas were stolen by rival American inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931), and there’s a joke:

Q: What do you call a stolen Tesla?
A: An Edison.


“Best Quote of the Week: ‘I always wanted an Edison. That’s a stolen Tesla’” was posted on Twitter on June 1, 2014. The joke went ivral in June 2016 and has been printed on several images.


Wikipedia: Tesla Motors
Tesla Motors (often shortened to Tesla) is an American automaker and energy storage company co-founded in July 2003 originally by Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning, with JB Straubel, Elon Musk and Ian Wright, and is based in Palo Alto, California. The company specializes in electric cars and their powertrain components and also produces battery charging equipment.

Wikipedia: Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Тесла; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

Tesla gained experience in telephony and electrical engineering before emigrating to the United States in 1884 to work for Thomas Edison in New York City. He soon struck out on his own with financial backers, setting up laboratories and companies to develop a range of electrical devices.
(...)
. A commemorative plaque honoring Nikola Tesla was installed on the façade of the New Yorker Hotel by the IEEE.
. An intersection named after Tesla, Nikola Tesla Corner, is at the intersection of Sixth Avenue and 40th Street in Manhattan, New York City. The placement of the sign was due to the efforts of the Croatian Club of New York in cooperation with New York City officials, and Dr. Ljubo Vujovic of the Tesla Memorial Society of New York.

Twitter
Charles Laquidara
‏@laquidara
Best Quote of the Week:
“I always wanted an Edison. That’s a stolen Tesla.”
4:05 PM - 1 Jun 2014

Twitter
MMinSC
‏@MMinSC
Is a stolen Tesla reported as an Edison?
10:13 PM - 19 Jun 2016

Twitter
Saurya Mishra
‏@SauryaTime
What do you call a stolen #Tesla.
An #Edison
4:54 AM - 20 Jun 2016

Twitter
Doniy
‏@me_quemao
IF YOU ARE DRIVING A STOLEN “TESLA”. WOULD IT BE CALLED “EDISON?” http://9gag.com/gag/aB1QNYQ?ref=t … vía @9GAG
5:25 PM - 20 Jun 2016

Reddit
What do you call a stolen Tesla?
submitted July 18, 2016 by DumpMyBlues
An Edison.

Reddit
What do you call a stolen Tesla?
submitted September 25, 2016 by _carrots
An Edison

Reddit
What do you call a stolen Tesla?
submitted October 15, 2016 by ObiJuanKenobi123
An Edison.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Friday, October 14, 2016 • Permalink