Fun Facts About Tom

  • Thomas Edison Thomas Edison’s favorite holiday was 4th of July; and he made his own fireworks to celebrate the day with some really loud boomers too!
  • Edison was a big fan of the American revolution writer Thomas Paine.
  • Edison was a big supporter of solar energy way back in the early 1900s. His famous quote about it was…”I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
  • Edison was responsible for the words “Hello” on the telephone; and “bugs” in unproven inventions and new systems.
  • Edison and his son Charles played very important roles in the US Navy in both WWI and WWII.
  • Edison had the most recognizable face in the world, when newspapers and magazines were the chief means of communicating news.
  • Edison was quite fond of pie, which friends joked that he ate by the yard.
  • Edison had a tattoo on his forearm, a quincunx, like the face of the number “five” on a dice cube.
  • A practical joker was Edison, and he gave as good as he got.
  • His first two children were nicknamed “Dot” and “Dash” in honor of his early telegraph days.
  • He taught his second wife Mina Morse Code, and proposed to her by taping it out on her palm. She tapped back, “Yes”.
  • Regular bathing was not a big deal for Edison, and he often went several days without it.
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  1. Robert Toth says:

    Open my site and see my tribute to Edison

    Open video > Info/ Press at top of site

    Also go to my Legacy site to see three versions of Edison sculptures and my collaboration with Theodore Edison in 1974

    Thank you for any feedback

    Robert Toth, Sculptor

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    To Whom It May Concern,

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    My questions are: how has Edison changed the world with his inventions? How can Thomas Edison’s inventions inspire people to create new inventions? How do you create a prototype of Thomas’s light bulb? Can you give me some intresting facts?

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