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Tesla's Cylon Pigeon

Tesla earned a reputation as a mad scientist partly because he was such a weirdo when it came to pigeons. He loved pigeons, and kept many of them as pets during his lifetime. He had a particularly tight bond with a female pigeon, who he described as being the "purpose to my life." In 1924, this bird landed at his window and he sensed that she was trying to tell him that she was dying. Tesla claimed a dazzling light emerged from her eyes, brighter than anything he had ever produced in his lab. He knew that with her death, his greatest work was over. Indeed, during the last 20 years of his life, he suffered massive creative frustrations. Who knows what he would have invented if a pigeon hadn't shot meaningful laser beams at him with her eyes?

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