- For the book about Thomas Edison, see Thomas Edison (book).
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Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor, scientist, and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.
After Lisa mentioned to Homer that Thomas Edison invented the film projector as well as many other inventions Homer uses, Homer decided to learn more about Edison and eventually idolized him. At his museum, The Edison Museum, Bart and Homer aimed to smash the chair which was identical to Homer's invention. On the car trip to the museum Edison, as a ghost, appeared in front of Homer where he tried to convince him to not destroy the chair. However, when they visited the museum, Homer discovered that Edison idolized Leonardo da Vinci and failed to destroy the chair.
Abe once claimed to be the first Springfieldian to ever own a radio, which only played Edison continuously reciting the alphabet.
When Mr. Burns was given a veggie burger, he said that he felt like Thomas Edison "on that incredible, magical night". Smithers asked if he meant the night he invented the light bulb, but Mr. Burns said that he meant the night he invented the electric chair.
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When Abe Simpson talked about Professor Funnywumpum's Old-Time Emporiums he said that the Ferris wheel was invented by Thomas Edison.