The Oatmeal, who really should freaking start making comics and stop helping museums in Long Island that no one thought about until a week ago, just announced that he and the Internet raised $1 million to support the purchase Nikola Tesla’s old laboratory on Long Island.In 9 days, we managed to raise over 1 million dollars to go towards buying back Tesla’s old laboratory, and with the $850,000 matching grant from NY state this puts us at 1.85 million bucks. At its peak, the campaign was raising $27,000 per hour, crashing Indiegogo, and probably setting some kind of land speed record in awesomeness.
Indiegogo posted a graphic describing the speed and intensity of the effort. They noted that people in 102 countries participated to donate $100 per minute.
At this point, Matthew Inman aka The Oatmeal could probably call for donations to buy a Bugatti Veyron and a Larry Ellison’s private Hawaiian island and he’d probably get it. With great power comes great responsibility.
Incidentally, there is already a Tesla Museum in Colorado. They’ve been emailing us almost daily wondering why they don’t get no respect.