The Top 5 Amateur Inventors and Scientist Experiment Failures

Scientist and Inventors have the toughest jobs in the world. Not only do they have to create things that can at times kill them, but they have to go through the early beginnings. You know, the ones where people claim they are the crazy people of the town. Some times these scientist end up becoming great men, like Einstein or Tesla, but other times… they are not so fortunate.

I scoured the internet earlier this week and started to look for the top 5 amateur inventors and scientist whose experiments were awry and ended up doing something completely – unscientific and unreliable to say the least. But at least you can say that some of them made their mark in history right?

#1) The Man who Caught his Apartment Block On Fire by Cooking His Own Poop

His name is  Paul Moran. He’s actually an Irish Amateur nut-case that was trying to work with Alchemy. Alchemy, if you don’t know, is the science of changing base metals into gold or silver, or changing water into the elixir of life. So far, Alchemy is still just a myth and we’ve never actually achieved this process, but it hasn’t stopped people from trying. In Paul’s case, his secret process was a bit different. Instead of using Led (Pb), which is actually one atom away from being gold, he was trying to cook up his own poop combined with fertilizer and other unknown “secret chemicals” on a heater in his house – with the ultimate goal to turn his poop into gold. Unfortunately his alchemy books didn’t go into to much detail and ended up catching his Enniskillen, Northern Ireland apartment block on fire. Paul’s Lawyer told the court that he’s “a man of considerable intellectual ability.” but the judge didn’t buy it and sentenced him to three months in jail. The sad part, this happened a  couple of weeks ago so it’s not like he didn’t have enough resources on the internet to tell him it wasn’t possible.

#2) Man In Sweden Creates a Nuclear Meltdown in his Stove

I was actually a little impressed by this one, an unemployed 31-year-old Swede who says he has “always been interested in nuclear physics,” was arrested a while back when he was trying to conduct nuclear experiments in his kitchen.  Richard Handl, from Angelholm in southern Sweden was actually trying to split an atom in his kitchen using supplies he purchased from E-Bay. He documented his experiments on a blog called Richard’s Reactor. Eventually he was arrested by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority when they found his blog and read an entry labeled: “The Meltdown” the entry said “No, it not so dangerous. But I tried to cook Americium, Radium and Beryllium in 96% sulphuric-acid, to easier get them blended. But the whole thing exploded up  in the air… Of cource I thrown away my pills, and I didn’t drink the juice-syrup”

He even went as far as to document his arrest on the blog he said: “Wednesday, I was arrested and sent to jail, when the police and the Swedish Radiation Safety Authory searched my apartment. They took all my radioactive stuff, but I was released after a hearing. But I am still suspekt for crime against the radiation safety law. My project has been cancelled” But this man never go the chance to answer his ultimate question – Is it possible for a man to split the atom in his kitchen? I guess we’ll never know for sure.

#3) French Inventor who jumped off the Eiffel Tower To his Death

If at first you don’t succeed, then you need to stay away from parachuting right? Well… Franz Reichelt, also known as Franz Reichelt and he was never known by any other name other than Franz Reichelt. Well, either that or the nut job that leaped off the Eiffel Tower with a home made chute never got that lesson. Franz lived from sometime in 1879 to February 4, 1912. He was a French tailor, Inventor, and parachuting pioneer.  He is only remembered for his accidental death mentioned above. In his last years of hi life, Franz became fixated on the development of a suit for aviators that could turn into a parachute that allowed them to survive a fall in case they ever needed to jump off their aircraft.

The first experiments that he conducted were extremely successful, he used a dummy and dropped them from the fifth floor of this apartment building. He then developed a “better” and more “advanced” suit. unfortunately he was unable to get the suit to work properly. He blamed his failure on the fact that the suits were not being tested in the right conditions. He cried for months to the Police until they finally gave him permission to conduct ONE experiment. Since he was only going to get one shot, he wanted to go all in and strapped on the suit on his body and got on the ledge. Despite attempts by his friends to use the dummy he had so much confidence in his design that he said “F-It I’m off bishes!” and you can see what happened in the video at the bottom.  Try to pay attention to his mustache, I think the mustache is the one to blame here.

Either that, or he was just tired of having a large number of failures that he just wanted to commit suicide.

#4) The Arabian inventor who wanted to fly using wooden wings.

Abu Nasr Isma’il ibn Hammad al-Jawhari died in 1002 or 1008, he was actually known for his Arabic dictionary. He was born in the city of Farab a.k.a. Otrar in Turkestan. Unlike Franz, Abu died at Nishapur while attempting flight from the roof of a mosque, possibly inspired by an earlier glider flight by Abbas Ibn Firnas. What he did was grab a couple of planks of wood and tied them down on his arms. Now the pieces were not in the shape of a wing either, they were actually just wooden planks.

Abu jumped off, didn’t take a single flap into the air and he fell a couple of stories from the mosque leaving behind his most precious achievement, the Arabic Dictionary. No one really knows why he was trying to learn how to fly or how he came up with the wooden wing designs. There is no actual history of this jump, and in reality it was just something that was sporadic.  Abu was sitting at home writing, and then decided to jump off the building simple as that.

#5) The Curved Machine Gun developed by the Germans in 1950

This wasn’t an amateur inventor, this an amateur job by a group of engineers developing weapons for an entire nation. In the 1950’s some some inventor was watching cartoons and saw the episode of Elmer shooting Bugs using a gun that had a curved at the end. He instantly got up and said oh “wow, that’s a brilliant idea” (in a German Language) we can shoot first, and then see where we shot later. They came up with a machine gun, an Ak-47 style machine gun, with a barrel that’s bent at a curve to shoot around walls or barriers. I don’t think it was ever tested but the video at the bottom shows you how it would have worked.

Using simple knowledge you can probably tell that this was the worst idea in the world, a bullet is not going to bend around the barrel very easily, and even if it did, the bullet would get deformed and the barrel would be going through so much friction that it could potentially crack and injure the soldiers. You’ll see what I mean once you see the video at the bottom.