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The 15 Greatest Scientific Hoaxes Of All Time

By Vadim Newquist Mar 20, 2013

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Perpetual Motion Machine

A perpetual machine is said to violate the laws of thermodynamics by generating enough energy to run forever on its own movements. Throughout the ages, fraudulent perpetual motion machines have proliferated. The most famous one is Charles Redheffer's: a machine so convincing that skeptics agreed to pay a large sum of money to expose him. As it turned out, all it took was removing some wooden planks from the device to find a belt that went through a wall where an old geezer was hiding—turning a crank with one hand and eating a loaf of bread with the other!

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Vadim Newquist

Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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