It Must be True! It’s on the Internet.

In 1979, the unthinkable happened. The U.S. Patent Office issued a patent (#4,151,431) for a perpetual motion machine to inventor Howard Johnson.

Somehow, this is actually three patents. As this blurb comments, this had never happened before in the history of the patent office (at least not in the last 100 years).

Of course, people trying to sell something never bother checking their sales pitch, or they would have found that in 1868, Alois Drasch received a patent for his “thrust key-type gearing of a rotary engine“. In 1925, Hermann Plauson received patent 1,540,998 for “a method to convert alternating radiant static electricity into rectified continuous current pulses” [be careful; this one is awfully scientifical]. In 1977, Emil Hartman received patent 4,215,330 for a “Permanent magnet propulsion system” (2 years before Johnson), which is related to the Simple Magnetic Overunity Toy (SMOT).

Mr. Johnson was a patriotic, upstanding American who refused to sell out to someone named Big Business.

The news of this patent caused a sensation throughout America. Industrialists competed to meet Johnson. One of them offered 100,00,000 [sic] dollars to buy patent rights of the machine. But spurning the offer Howard Johnson declared, “I do not want to sell. I know that petroleum companies want to buy my invention through their agents to lock it away in the safe, so that their mineral oil business does not collapse. I intend to equip every American home with a wheel to bring an end to energy problems facing the nation.”

Somehow in an unrecorded transaction, Big Business bought the patent anyway. I think this is the same Big Business that bought out the patents for all those 100 mpg carburetors that were invented from the 1920s to the 1950s. This guy is unscrupulous. The publisher of the book explaining how to build one of these perpetual motion machines for yourself has found a loophole in the patent law that allows them to show you how to build one of these devices yourself. They can’t manufacture them because Big Business will sue them for patent infringement, but you can build one for $94 for your own use without infringing on the patent.

However, you need to order your book now before Big Business (FTC?) files more lawsuits to drive this perfectly legitimate scam off the Internet. Please, place your order today while you still have the chance. The publisher didn’t bother mentioning they could have manufactured and sold these devices commercially since the patent had expired in 1996. There was another minor problem. The patent office publicly acknowledged its screw-up (that even the most junior-grade clerk knows) that perpetual motion machines require a working model, and all they had were blueprints. According to the publisher, Johnson actually did build a working model, but Big Business hired thugs to break into his workshop to steal it. He never built another one because he had more important things than perpetual motion to work on.

So there you have it; a credible pile of bullshit if ever I’ve heard one. I hate to be a spoilsport, but you can save a little money on buying the book by going to this website. There is also excellent information on anti-gravity devices in their index to the left.

Andy Graham used the blueprints to build the device (called an HJ motor) and makes this uncalled-for remark:

built a nice-looking HJ unit, but unfortunately it does not work.

Let’s take a look at what he did.

Is there any wonder? If he had watched the sales pitch, he’d realize that he didn’t use one piece of duct tape!

If Graham had just checked with Mikell, he’d have found not only that the HJ motor works, but it is accompanied with this warning:



2 responses to “It Must be True! It’s on the Internet.

  1. Reblogged this on Basil Wheel.

  2. Thanks. I just noticed that this was a comment and not just a WordPress notification.

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