You’ve probably heard about Thomas Edison’s infamous 1903 film where he electrocuted an elephant. It’s just as horrifying as you’d imagine. But fewer people know that this wasn’t actually Edison’s first electrocution film. Two years earlier, in 1901, he produced a film re-enacting a famous execution. Perversely, it also served as a national advertisement for one of Edison’s latest inventions, the electric chair.
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Video: We're all familiar with Nikola Tesla and his brilliant work helping to invent the electric technologies that we live with today. But did you know that there's a guy named Thomas Edison who also helped invent some of that tech? If you didn't, you should check out the new trailer for the upcoming movie, The Current War.