The Oatmeal, aka Matt Inman, tested his Internet rainmaking prowess just a bit ago with his hilarious and awesome Operation BearLove Good, Cancer Bad campaign against Funny Junk, raising more than $200,000  and snapping a nice “FU” pic to boot. Now, he’s set on helping to create a Tesla Museum.

No, not Tesla the band.

He wants to save the laboratory site of inventor and science geek Nikola Tesla.

You can read The Oatmeal’s take on the wondrous inventions of Tesla — and why Thomas Edison was a douchebag — here.

Apparently, Tesla’s old laboratory is up for grabs in New York State, and a nonprofit wants to create a Tesla Museum. The state has pledged to match half, or $850,000, of the $1.7 million needed to preserve and renovate the space and protect it forever. And the Oatmeal wants to help the nonprofit raise the rest.

Of course, as in Tesla’s lifetime, there are evil, money-grubbing entities about, as in other interested parties who want to use the land for “retail” space.

Do we need more Costcos*? We think not.

Vote Tesla with your dollars. You can donate here. As of today, the Oatmeal has already raised more than $450,000 with 44 days to go in the campaign.

Disclaimer: *It may or may not be a Costco. We have have no idea, but it sounded nice. And Costco is kind of the symbol of American over-consumption, don’t you think?

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  • Rebecca Raven

    I love Costco…but more likely a Wal*Mart.

  • Agrippa

    I would have gone with WalMart rather than Costco. Costco is tiny and benign and not nearly as virulently spread out as WalMart.

  • Molly Brown

    Good call! I was weighing Wal-Mart after the initial write… don’t know why I didn’t change it.

  • Guest

    Best wishes to the Oatmeal! I can’t wait to visit.

  • Arlington Albertson

    Yeah, definitely should have gone with Walmart. Costco, while granted I know people have their own issues with, is generally NOT a force of mass destruction in the same way that wallyworld is. Costco is generally more precise about where they plant a store and opt for covering a large area with a single store instead of getting in as absolutely close to everything and killing off small businesses the way walmart does.


  • Ken Ettlinger

    Along a similar line (Tesla, not WalMart), a group of talented young west coast film-makers are struggling to produce the pilot of what they hope will be a series called the Tesla Archive based on the intrigue about the notes that Nikola Tesla left after he died and which were confiscated by the government. Anyway, they’ve been trying to raise funds for several months. I figure that I would toss that out…

  • Kevin Pierce

    A big pile of money? Queuing Charles Carreon, in 3…2…1…

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