March 29, 2006

The Museum of Unworkable Devices a celebration of fascinating devices that don't work. It houses diverse examples of the perverse genius of inventors who refused to let their thinking be intimidated by the laws of nature, remaining optimistic in the face of repeated failures.

Includes a Gallery of Ingenious, but Impractical Devices and Unworkable Devices as Fine Art such as the BS Gravity Engine. via

  • Fascinating stuff. Of course, no one's thought of MY idea, where the spokes of the wheel fold in and out along the axis, thus creating the overbalance necessary to keep the wheel turning, extending again thanks to clever gearing and centrifugal force. THE FOOLS! *rushes off to patent office*
  • This is really cool. My idea... uh... lets see... Maybe a hamster?
  • Sorry, one thread off.
  • Hamtai! *points finger*
  • Good find islander! That was interesting, but I noticed that the real perpetual motion machine is missing.
  • All I need to do is heat a mixture of hydrogen and lithium up to several tens of thousands of kelvin, and I will steal from them the energy of nuclear binding. And the process will pay in its output for the energy I heretofor was providing in the form of heat and containment. Since there is a near limitless supply of these elements, I should be able to sustain energy production indefinitely!!!!! Either that or I need a pair of infinitely large metal plates held mere angstroms from one another, and I will tap the energy inherent in the underlying substructure of space itself!!!! (fusion research and zero point energy have a lot in common with these guys... in fact, I too think that someday we will work all the bugs out of fusion)
  • Nice link, islander! That reverse osmosis engine is pretty subtle.