Home Electricity Project that was a Hoax

The QuipperyThe Car Guy and his father get together once a week to work in the Garage. They’ve tackled many projects. Usually these involve things that suck gas, but last week they turned their sights to projects that involve electricity.

The first was a practical demonstration of the fact that two candles and two nails can’t produce electricity. You may have seen this hoax video on YouTube. It is very convincing, but it is really a demonstration of how easy it is to get people to believe in something that isn’t. I don’t know what the intent was of the people who created this video, but I like to think it was simply their attempt to create a fairy tale. And it was pretty successful. Sure, it contributes to clogging up the internet with useless bits of stuff, but you could say the same about the NORAD Tracks Santa video, which I think is awesome.

The Car Guy was disappointed that the candles and nails didn’t work, but over lunch he and his dad shared several tales from days of yore, including when they made a potato battery.

Electricity is a concept I find difficult to understand and that makes it easy to relate to these quotations:

We believe that electricity exists, because the electric company keeps sending us bills for it, but we cannot figure out how it travels inside wires.
– Dave Barry –

Why is electricity so expensive these days? Why does it cost so much for something I can make with a balloon and my hair?
– Dennis Miller –

Have you ever made a potato battery? Got any great jokes or quotations about electricity?

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