Last year, a company based in Ireland called Steorn announced that they were building a working model of a free energy machine using magnet-based technology they termed “Orbo.” This claim was, of course, met with skepticism and a big fat “yeah whatever” from the rest of the world.
The company planned to reveal their magical machine on July 4 2007 in London before a panel of scientists and a streaming web video. Because, you know, historically that’s how most laws of physics are overturned. Wait . . . now that I think of it, this is much more reminiscent of the way King Louis XVI’s committee of academics told Mesmer to STFU re: animal magnetism.
Anyway, Wednesday was July 4 if you didn’t notice, and Steorn’s free energy machine was unveiled, found to work perfectly, instantly destroyed everything we know about the universe, drove the entire energy industry into the ground, and ended the war in Iraq.
Hold on . . . I’m sorry, that was just a beautiful daydream I experienced while waiting for Steorn’s demonstration to start (and taking vast amounts of mescaline). What actually happened was that the light bulbs in the display area made the machine too warm, causing a Goldbergian chain reaction leading to total failure. From the Steorn site:
Steorn announcement: Kinetica Demonstration Further to Steornâ€™s announcement yesterday (5th July) regarding the technical difficulties experienced during the installation of its â€œOrboâ€ technology at the Kinentica Museum in London, Steorn has decided to postpone the demonstration until further notice.
Sean McCarthy CEO stated that â€œtechnical problems arose during the installation of the demonstration unit in the display case on Wednesday evening. These problems were primarily due to excessive heat from the lighting in the main display area. Attempts to replace those parts affected by the heat led to further failures and as a result we have to postpone the public demonstration until a future date.â€
He continued that â€œwe apologise for the inconvenience caused to all the people who had made arrangements to visit the demonstration or were planning on viewing the demonstration online.â€
Over the next few weeks the company will explore alternative dates for the public demonstration.
Whoops! Oh well, I guess the most groundbreaking discovery mankind has ever stumbled upon will just have to wait until the UK finally figures out air conditioning.