Tesla came over from Graz and went to work for Thomas Edison. Nonetheless Edison offered him a job, promising Tesla fifty thousand dollars if Tesla could redesign Edisons breakdown-prone DC generator designs. The new generator designs were a vast improvement over Edisons originals. Upon completing the job Tesla went to Edison to collect the $50,000 promised for the task. " Tesla ", Edison replied, " you don't understand our American humour ." And Tesla was never paid. These two men became arch-rivals.
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