Tesla predicted the BlackBerry in 1909

Yeah, I know, it sounds like a stretch. But according to the Telegraph, Nicola Tesla — you know, the guy that invented the Tesla coil — predicted the emergence of mobile phones more than a century ago.

Tesla made the prognostication in a 1909 edition of Popular Mechanics, claiming that "everyone in the world" would communicate with one another using a handheld wireless device.

I don't know about you, but if I were walking down the street in 1909 and ran into someone who made this prediction, I would have been, well, skeptical... and possibly concerned for my safety. And indeed, Tesla was seen as a mad scientist during his lifetime. But take a look at his Wikipedia article and you'll realize that his prediction about mobile phones was just one of his brilliant insights. And boy, did he have a lot of them.

To view the Telegraph article, click here.

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