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Time To Lighten Up 18 August 2000 Edition
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Sometimes I think the whole Internet industry and scene is getting just a little bit heavy. Security holes, viruses, law suits, company collapses - they're all regular reading in the Net-industry news these days, so today I'm ignoring the dull and depressing to focus on the zany, whackey and laughable.

Over the years that I've been surfing the Web I've stumbled over some rather interesting websites, many of which have been cluttering up my bookmark lists for far too long. Today I'm sharing some of the best, worst and craziest with you.

4 Robert "Paul" LeBreton
Now here's a real whacko if ever I saw one. Mr LeBreton is a self-proclaimed "Scientist & Engineer & Entrepreneur" who is sitting on a small fortune by way of his "free energy" devices that look suspiciously as if they're powered by regular internal combustion engines.

However, don't dismiss this man as a fraud -- how could he be? After all, it says on his website that his companies are now "Hot Linked" to NASA!

Wow! Think of it, the guy is so smart that he's worked out how to put a link from his own website to NASA's one. I bet he's beating investors away with a stick eh?

4 The Adams Motor
Here we have another free-energy eckspurt who seems to think that he's onto something good -- and he's a Kiwi to boot!

Unfortunately, like so many people working on inventions that threaten the oil companies, he has become an enemy of the state and "survived an attempt on his life by an individual affiliated with the NZSIS and the CIA. Poor bugger!

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It's a shame the guy hasn't learned more than the very rudiments of electrical theory or he'd realise that his math and measurements are somewhat flawed.

4 Rocket Car
There can be few people who haven't heard the legend of the guy in the USA who strapped a rocket engine to is car and then set it off on some long deserted road.

According to the story the rocket was so powerful that the car could not be stopped and eventually he ran out of road, flew across a canyon and impaled himself and the vehicle in the side of a mountain.

This site gives a list of reasons why the original rocket car story could not have possibly been true and goes on to give a very long, detailed, and often very funny account of events surrounding a group of youths who actually built and fired their own rocket car.

It's really worth reading the whole 100K on this page as it's well written and quite an intriguing story that had me riveted to my screen for quite some time.

Is it true or just another hoax? You decide.

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If you have some sites that you think are just whackey or interesting enough to be of interest to other Aardvark readers -- let me know and I'll publish the best.

As always, your feedback is welcomed.

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