9 GIFs That Make Perpetual Motion Machines a Reality

Just imagine what it would be like if we could generate free energy. No need to worry about pollution, or fuel, or effort, or anything. It's no wonder so many people have tried their hands at building perpetual motion machines. And thanks to the magic of GIFs, none of them ever has to fail.

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The sad truth is that thanks to physics—specifically pesky things like friction—none of these perpetual motion attempts will ever be more than clever visual tricks. But in at least GIF form they can go on and on and on, and generate some perpetual joy.

This is one of the most common designs: the overbalanced wheel. Thanks to friction, it doesn't really work. There's a motor in there somewhere.

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Another variation on the overbalanced wheel

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The overbalanced wheel is very popular.

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Very popular.

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This perpetual water wheel is hiding a secret pump.

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This one only works if you swing the machine and the camera together.

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If only it weren't for friction.

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This beast is wildly efficient, but it stops eventually.

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MikeMcgranahan
Mike Mcgranahan

I honestly think its entirely possible using magnets and gravity together. With a magnetism loss rate of about 1% every 10 years... Although it wouldn't be entirely perpetual you can probably have something that last a good 50 years or so... And honestly what more can you ask for? If you have something that runs perpetually doing the day, while you sleep.. I mean all the time.. Even if the output is minuscule it definitely will add of over time. If quantum particles can do the insane messed up non-logical things we observe... I think it's only right to at least keep the notion of perpetual energy in our head because Hey you never know