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Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, the duplex telegraph, and a long-lasting, practical electric light bulb.

In the film National Treasure, Benjamin Gates stated that Thomas Edison discovered hundreds of ways not to make a light bulb before knowing the one way to make said invention work. He was also mentioned a few times by Phileas Fogg in Disney's 2004 live-action movie Around the World in 80 Days. Additionally, he was mentioned by Oscar Diggs in the 2013 fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful, in an episode of Stuck in the Middle, the Spider-Man episodes Take Two and Bring on the Bad Guys part 4 and in the I Didn't Do It episode "Lindy & Logan Get Psyched".

A wax statue of him appeared in the Gravity Falls episode "Headhunters". An animated version of him appeared in the Schoolhouse Rock! song "Mother Necessity".

In the film Tomorrowland, he is identified as one of the founders of Plus Ultra.

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