Thomas Edison Planned To Invent A Spirit Phone To Talk With The Dead

Thomas Edison is known for his many inventions, but not all of them totally worked out. Of his hundreds of patents, one little-known 1920s idea sticks out as slightly peculiar: Edison's spirit phone. The inventor had plans to create a device that would communicate with the dead. But we're not talking about any Ouija board-type mumbo-jumbo garbage. Edison wanted his device to not function by "any occult, mystifying, mysterious, or weird means employed by so–called 'mediums,' but by scientific methods." Gotta admire his intentions.

In 1920, Edison told American Magazine that he had been working on his spirit phone for some time, news that shocked the public. Edison said he was "building an apparatus to see if it is possible for personalities which have left this earth to communicate with us." Did it work? Well, probably not. There are virtually no records, plans, or prototypes of this alleged spirit phone. At the very least, we do have evidence that Edison toyed with the idea of connecting to the other side. Learn about more of his little-known inventions in the video below.

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Written by Curiosity Staff October 28, 2016