…Unfortunately, the device never made it in the marketplace, as it was as big as a fucking house.
I made this stupid joke to someone today, after stumbling across the above image of Tesla, who, had he not died at the hand of Edison, would have turned 156 today. Unlike most of my stupid jokes, though, I couldn’t get this one out of my head. Something about the idea of Tesla being driven to create a giant cotton candy machine just made me really happy. So, I wanted to record it here, in hopes that it might continue to amuse me in my old age.
Speaking of cotton candy, I just did a little research, and its history is fascinating… Did you know that it debuted at the 1904 World’s Fair under the name “Fairy Floss”?
The following comes from Wikipedia:
…Cotton candy was first recorded in the 18th century. At that time, spun sugar was an expensive, labor-intensive endeavor and was not generally available to the average person. Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by the dentist William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton and first introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World’s Fair as “Fairy Floss” with great success, selling 68,655 boxes at the then-high price of 25¢, half the cost of admission to the fair (equivalent to $6 today). Joseph Lascaux, a dentist from New Orleans, Louisiana, invented a similar cotton candy machine in 1921. In fact, Lascaux patent named the sweet confection “cotton candy” and the fairy floss name faded away. In the 1970s an automatic cotton candy machine was created which made the product and packaged it. This made it easier to produce and available to sell at carnivals, fairs, and stores in the 1970s and on…
And is it just a coincidence that dentists have been the ones behind the development of cotton candy, or do you think that they may have purposefully set out to create and popularize a better mechanism for delivering sticky sugar to human teeth?