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BUILD A LITTLE ELECTRONIC
BY WALTER NOON III
Free energy, aliens, psychic
phenomenon ... Why is it that we
just can't stop clicking on these
things everytime we see them on
I think that the answer is pretty
simple because whether you love
or hate them, they're almost
always highly entertaining!
P. T. Barnum's great American pastime: the humbug.
In this article, we'll feature two devices. One is a
classic source of circuitry illogic and confusion (and who
hasn't been there in the real world) that will cause one of
the simplest circuits possible to give “impossible” results.
The other is a simple — yet seemingly incontrovertible
— demonstration of both free energy and perpetual
The thinking behind the creation of these devices is
addictive! I hope it will spur many thoughts and a little
electronic mischief from Nut & Volts readers. I'm always
ready to be humbugged myself, and hope to hear of some
of your designs.
Perhaps we could create a running feature for every
April Fool’s Day!
For this article, I am going to focus on real ESP! That is to say, this is an article in which we have "everything
With April 1st just around the corner, it's my strong
suggestion that we dust off the saw in the garage, warm
up the soldering iron, and create a project designed to
confound, confuse, and even possibly cause concern to all
the engineering minds who encounter it! I'm talking about
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Our first candidate for confusion is the infamous
Perplexer circuit. Oddly, I remember seeing one of these
in an old electronics magazine from the early 1900s.
The basic gag is simple. A wooden block has a switch,
a battery, and a light bulb. All the wires between the