By now, most readers in Pakistan will have heard about ridiculous water-fuelled engine “invention” by a man named Agha Waqar. If you haven’t, the basic gist of it is that the man is claiming to have invented an engine that uses water as fuel (called a “water kit”), which the local media (and govemment) brieﬂy went crazy about, hailing it as an amazing discovery. Read more in this New York Times article.
After the idea was thankfully trashed by one of the country’s most eminent physicists, one would have thought that would be the end of the story. Yet somehow, the story persists.
Yesterday, Agha Waqar was back again as a guest on Geo TV‘s Capital Talk, one of Pakistan’s most watched political talk shows. This time he faced his biggest critic, nucelar physicist Professor Pervez Hoodhboy.
The pseudo-scientific gibberish that came out of Waqar’s mouth was more ridiculous than on any previous encounter with the media, as he attempted to defend the theoretical basis of his imaginary invention. In particluar, he cites Max Plank’s research into black-body radiation which proves that resonance and free enegy can be applied to give motion to hydrogen, or any other force.
It was so ridiculous that I just had to translate some of it so that non-Urdu speakers can enjoy it also.
I can’t embed the video in this post so you will have to click on this link, and then select “English” from the “Select Language” tab below the video get the subtitles.
The video is too long to translate entirely, so I’ve just translated the five minutes of it that are the most ridiculous.
It is so silly, that I want to believe that it is part of an amazing prank to demonstrate the extreme gullibility of the Pakistani media, along the lines of the 1996 Sokal Hoax. It’s unlikely, but clearly it would not be difficult to pull it off if one wanted to.