10 things you may not know about Tesla

-March 15, 2013

Tesla monument by Les Drysdale in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

6. Celibate

Tesla chose to live a life of celibacy. Not without options – it is said that Tesla had women falling at his feet due to his brilliance, fame, and periods of wealth – Tesla made the choice, believing sex would muddy his thinking and claiming that his chastity was very helpful to his scientific abilities.

Late in his life, Tesla was said to have questioned if he sacrificed too much for his work in not taking a wife.

7. Fondness for pigeons
Tesla may have chosen to stay away from women and marriage but, according to some reports, he grew overly fond of a pigeon.

Near the end of his life, Tesla walked to the park every day to feed the pigeons. He began to bring injured ones into his hotel room to nurse back to health.

He claimed that he had been visited by a specific injured white pigeon each day at the park. Tesla spent more than $2,000 to fix the bird’s broken wing and leg, including building a device that comfortably supported the bird so her bones could heal.

Tesla is reported as saying, "I have been feeding pigeons, thousands of them, for years. But there was one, a beautiful bird, pure white with light grey tips on its wings, that was different. It was a female. I had only to wish and call her, and she would come flying to me. I loved that pigeon as a man loves a woman, and she loved me. As long as I had her, there was a purpose to my life."

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