Massive Amounts of Electricity Wasted in Mario Music Tesla Coil Stunt

By Gary Cutlack on at

The X-Labs team at the University of South Florida had themselves a whale of a time recently, burning through some serious amounts of electricity in order to play the Mario theme on an enormous Tesla coil.

The 10 foot electrical arcs were tuned so the noise generated by the power output approximated musical notes, with the university's aptly named "Big Tesla Coil" then churning out a passable version of Mario's key refrain. It even looks like an enormous, mechanical mushroom, but we think that's just a coincidence. [YouTube via Ubergizmo]