Right now the blogosphere is buzzing about a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that is almost certainly a scam : iFind the world’s first battery-free blue-tooth/GPS locator tag. Why is it a scam? For one thing, the demonstration in their one and only video is definitely fake, but more importantly, the math on their “energy harvesting” theories is so badly wrong that you’d have better luck powering the Space Shuttle on a pair of AAs!
(Edit: Kickstarter has come to their senses and suspended the iFind project.)
But, I don’t want to talk about that. Everybody else is already talking about that. 
So let’s talk about a different strangely successful scam that involves free energy!
These people are the latest in a long line of people who want to sell you a perpetual motion machine!
She pronounces this, “kweedge”, and uses it in the sentence “I’m kweedging, are you kweedging?”. ( Teenagers : Say this within earshot of your parents to convince them you’re either on drugs or engaging in a really filthy sex act. )
Why do perpetual motion enthusiasts always say this?
The project’s interminable, twelve minute long video (During which the machine is not demonstrated) is narrated by a woman who manages to hit every pseudo-science buzz-word in the book.
“What you need to realize is that the QEG isn’t really all that different from the other seventy-thousand or more attempts at creating a free energy device. At least that’s how many free energy device patents have been confiscated by the U.S. Government under the threat of national security!”
Uh, confiscating a patent would not keep something secret. It would actually allow anyone to legally manufacture the invention.
“So what makes the QEG any different? It’s really so simple it’s kind of silly. The low frequency vibration human behaviors of greed, ego, fear, stupidity, and alterior motives can be blamed for 99% of the free energy failures to date.”
Wow, forget the second law of thermodynamics! It’s greed that stops people from inventing the most profitable machine in the history of all mankind!
Of course. It makes so much sense. I’m glad they’ve managed to eliminate greed from their efforts to bilk suckers out of $20,000.
Oh well. Soon they’ll flip the switch and they’ll have to admit that it doesn’t work, right?
“For the protection and safety of our family and the QEG, we will not be publicly posting the results of flipping the switch.”