The history of mankind is riddled with the weird and the wonderful; bizarre people, strange places and odd events. For centuries, we’ve told each other fantastic stories around campfires and in darkened rooms. Tales of ghosts, UFOs, and conspiracies, but are these stories exactly that: Stories? There’s only one way to find out! Join me as I dive down the rabbit hole and into… the Unexplained Files.
This week: Stan Meyer’s Water Powered Car
Ohio, 1998. Viewers of TV station WSYX are about to be presented with a most unusual news item. A local inventor by the name of Stanley Meyer claims to have invented a car that can run on water. More than that he claims that any old water will do: rain water; well water; tap water. He went on to say, “If you don’t have water, go ahead and use snow. If you haven’t got snow, use ocean water,” because Stan was not short on confidence. Then we see it. A water-powered dune buggy which Stan reckons can get from LA to New York on 22 gallons. That’s gallons of water, folks.
How has he done this? Stan claims to have invented a water splitting device that separates water into hydrogen and oxygen, using the hydrogen gas to power the car, hydrogen being a better fuel than petrol. Better than that, he also invented a splitting device that can fit right onto an existing gasoline engine modifying it so it too can run on nothing but good ol’ H2O.
You’re Kidding, Right?
He’s smoking something, right? The idea of splitting water into its component parts is nothing new. As far back as 1800, William Nicholson and Anthony Carlisle did exactly that in the process known today as “electrolysis”. The thing with electrolysis is, it isn’t too efficient. The process requires three times more energy in, as is produced.
Enter Stan Meyer. See, Stan’s found a method of splitting the two elements 1700 times more efficiently than electrolysis.
Think about what that means for a moment. Engines that run on water instead of burning fossil fuels. No more air pollution, no more high energy bills, an end to oil spills. Why surely, Stan won loads of Nobel awards and the scientific community formed a massive queue and one by one dropped to their knees to fellate their new king?
Hold Your Horses!
Not quite. See, the scientific community has some laws that they get all pissy about, and our Stan has just violated one of them. Namely, The Law of Conservation of Energy, which states: “The total energy of an isolated system in a given frame of reference remains constant — it is said to be conserved over time.”
Essentially, it means that energy can’t be created or destroyed, only transformed from one form to another. So when the bartender in an old-timey Western slides a shot of whiskey across to the hero we see kinetic energy in action. But of course the beverage slows down, eventually coming to a stop, making it look like the kinetic energy is lost. But it is, in fact, being turned into thermal energy through friction, warming the bar, the bottom of the glass, and the air around it.
Because of the law that Stan’s device is in direct violation of, it’s tough to get a ‘real’ scientist to back the idea. Such devices are viewed as heresy, and putting your name anywhere near such a device threatens not only scientific reputations, but also future research grants.
Make Your Mind Up Time.
According to Stan Meyer, he was offered billions to shelve his idea and never talk about it again. By whom? Middle-Eastern oil companies, that’s who. The government were also interested and Stan even claimed to have received death threats. So where is Stan now? Well, were all still using petrol powered vehicles, so presumably Stan’s living on his own personal tropical island getting his ears massaged by beautiful women. No such luck.
Stan was at a restaurant in a business meeting with his brother and potential clients when he suddenly stood from the table clutching his throat. He staggered outside, where he died. Before he did die, he managed to utter the words “They poisoned me.” His death was officially ruled as a brain aneurism.
So is it all bunk? Was he conning us all? He certainly seems genuine in the interview videos I’ve seen. We may never know. Is it really possible Stan Meyer was murdered because of the threat he posed to big oil? Remember, we are talking about the same industry where General Motors, Standard Oil of California (now Chevron), and tyre company Firestone clubbed together and bought electric tramway systems in 45 US cities, and ripped them all up, so…
RATING: 1=Bollocks 2=Not convinced 3=Possibly… 4=Compelling stuff 5=Holyshittheskyisfalling
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