NPR has a story about the crowd-sourcing success sparked by The Oatmeal to raise money for The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe - and it's pretty astonishing: within the first week they've raised more than a million dollars!
The goal was $850,000 to enable them to buy Wardenclyffe.
We have been trying to save the 15+ acre site in Shoreham where Nikola Tesla, the father of robotics, remote control, alternating current, and radio, had a laboratory. It is the last laboratory anywhere in the world where Tesla worked. Still remaining at the site is the original building designed by famous architect Stanford White, and the octagonal foundation for Tesla’s iconic Wardenclyffe tower, which he intended to use to transmit wireless messages and energy over 100 years ago. It is our plan to create a science center and Tesla museum at the site, including a physics playground, an auditorium, and other attractions. The site is currently owned by Agfa Corporation, which is asking $1.6 million for it. Any additional funds raised beyond the original goal will allow us to secure the site and begin its restoration.If you want to help this museum get off the ground, you can contribute at their link above, or at the IndieGoGo page.