Saturday, April 7, 2012

Texas and a Tesla Coil

The Hubby and I were watching Storage Wars: Texas last night and two of the guys, Ricky and Bubba (yes, apparently that’s actually his name) ended up finding a mini Tesla Coil in their locker. 

So they brought it to an expert who knew about them. As the expert guy was trying to explain how it works, you could tell it was going right over their heads. They had no idea what it was or what it did. They had never even heard of a Tesla Coil. So the expert guy takes them to see the big one he has outside and to show them what it does.

After he turns it on their faces go from shock to holy shit this is cool. And it was cool.

But what I realized is that I got incredibly lucky to have a dad that loves science so much. And because of him, we went to the Museum ofScience in Boston quite a bit. Which has its own very big Tesla Coil and to put it in perspective, “the coil is about eight feet tall and four feet wide across the top” (from the museum’s website).  

 The first time I saw it, I think I was eight and it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. And thanks to my dad (who also didn’t mind answering over a million questions when I was little), I too love science and one of my favorite places to go is the Museum of Science.  

Have you ever seen a Tesla Coil up close?