Boing Boing has a wonderful collection of links related to Nikola Tesla in celebration of his birthday.
I have finally completed a little 555 noisemaker project. I used an old tea container for the case and the rest mostly from other parts on hand. I had hoped for some older knobs, but these will do for now. I am having trouble getting the LED to light, but otherwise it is working nicely. Below are some pictures and a video.