I’m tired of hearing about Nikola Tesla. He wasn’t the noble crusader and misunderstood genius many people try to make him. I have often been called stupid or ignorant for saying this. I have often been told to look into Tesla’s history, as though I hadn’t already done that. Some people just won’t accept the possibility that they haven’t learned the facts.
Where did we get the phrase, “Rule of thumb?” One common explanation is that it refers to a legal precept that states a man was entitled to punish his wife with a stick no thicker than the thickness of his thumb. This explanation is widespread. The notion is bizarre, which encourages people to share it. Spousal abuse has been widespread and accepted throughout much of history. It is easy to imagine that there might have been legal limitations on the accepted severity of the abuse.