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In last week’s Communication Revolutions’ class, Peter (my lecturer) told us a very fascinating story. Did you know that electric chair was invented by Thomas Edison? Well, maybe not the one that’s been used for the actual death sentences. Apparently, Edison wanted to proof that electricity produced by his competition, Westinghouse was too dangerous to be used in households (due to its high voltage). The way he proof his point was by using Westinghouse’s electricity to make electric chair. He then went to New Jersey to demonstrate the danger of Westinghouse’s electricity by putting dogs and cats onto the chair. So basically the very first form of electric chair was invented purely for business purposes. And he also used elephant as a guineapig to proof his point.


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