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Katy Perry’s ‘High Frequency’ Men and the Tesla Trend

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(Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for LACOSTE)

(Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for LACOSTE)

By Courtney E. Smith

Katy Perry’s global Cosmopolitan cover has hit newsstands and there’s a certain quote that has grabbed the public’s attention. In it, Perry tells interviewer Chelsea Handler about her bad-luck love life: “I guess I happen to be attracted to high-frequency men.”

It’s been an eye-grabbing quote because no one is quite sure what it means. Was it a misstatement? Did she reach and grab for the wrong words? Or is Katy Perry making an allusion to Tesla’s work with electricity?

Put very simply, “high frequency” typically refers to light, which is a high frequency manifestation of energy. Our most practical application of it is in the Tesla coil, that little piece of filament in a lightbulb that contains the energy and enables the neon and flourescent illumination commonly used today. Nikola Tesla parlayed this discovery into the wireless transmission of power, known now as radio waves. Set at a certain frequency (location on the dial), the coils magnify the signal.

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It would appear that what Perry is implying is that she likes men who operate on a high frequency and/or amplify the energy the world throws at them. In short, larger than life is her type.

That Katy Perry might be referencing the work of Tesla, a well-known inventor with a bit of a reputation in new age fanatics, underdog lovers and conspiracy theory circles, is not out of the realm of possibility. Perry outs herself as a studier of crystals later in the interview when, in response to her statement that she is never single for long she says, “I carry a lot of rose quartz, which attracts the male. Maybe I need to calm it down with the amethyst.”

Interestingly, Perry’s not even the first pop star this week to reference Tesla, either. In an interview with The Fader, Lana Del Rey shrugged off feminism, calling it “just not an interesting concept.”

“I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities,” she said, referring to the Tesla motor company, named after Nikola, and their attempt with SpaceX to reduce the price of space travel.

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