The Laws of Thermodynamics

A decade or so ago, there was an Australian minister for science whos education was not exactly science-based (as with too many politicians).

One day while visiting a laboratory, he was shown a machine with a dial showing energy in and energy out. The dial showed a lower wattage coming in than coming out. Not only did this machine appear to be a perpetual motion machine, it seemed to be able to create energy.

Thrilled with the obvious commercial applications (creating electricity out of air) he chatted with another politician about possible funding. On having it pointed out that this machine effectively violated the laws of thermodynamics, the minister spat out:

“Well, we’ll repeal them then!”

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