The inventor Thomas Edison was a boyhood hero of Henry Ford. When Ford was in his 30s, the two met, and they maintained a very close friendship until the day Edison died. The friendship was so close, in fact, that the two bought houses next to each other in Florida, and would often go on camping trips with other notable Americans of the time. When Edison was confined to a wheelchair later in life, Ford bought a wheelchair so they could have wheelchair races. Thomas Edison once said, "As to Henry Ford, words are inadequate to express my feelings. I can only say that in the fullest meaning of the term, he is my friend."
Take a trip to the Henry Ford Museum of Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan, and you'll see a lot of incredible stuff: model cars and trains, sure, but also the rocker in which President Lincoln was shot and the Wright bicycle shop. But perhaps nothing within the museum's walls is more surprising than a test tube that supposedly holds Thomas Edison's last breath.
A Memorable Friendship
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A sealed test tube in a Dearborn, Michigan museum contains Thomas Edison's last breath. 00:00
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford bought houses next to each other in Florida. 01:11
There were many test tubes in the room in which Thomas Edison died; they were sealed and are said to contain Edison's last breath. 02:46