Right before the bird died, Tesla claimed there was a bright light that shone from her eyes to warn him of her impending passing.
In the weeks and months that followed, the inventor was reportedly heartbroken.
When a young Tesla was attending engineering school in Austria, his professors saw that his terrible sleeping habits were destroying him.
He went on to lose his tuition money gambling, drop out of school, and suffer a nervous breakdown.
However, Tesla thought he did. He’d read an erroneous report in the New York Times that he was supposed to share the 1915 Nobel Prize in Physics with Thomas Edison.
Over the course of his life, Tesla obtained 308 patents in 27 different countries over the course of his life.