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Wired.com lists 10 Great Snake-Oil Gadgets: The Q-Ray bracelet is #1! (with the Harmony Chip close behind)
Posted: 06 January 2008 12:09 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Wired.com recently published a list of 10 great snake-oil gadgets. No surprise that everyone’s favorite, the Q-Ray bracelet, made the top of the list.

Tested by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation at an electron microscopy lab, it found that the thing wasn’t ionized at all. Even for true believers, it’s a waste of wonga.

You may also be happy to hear the infamous Harmony Chip made the list as well.

The Harmony Chip is so transparently useless as to be an object lesson in how drivel may be dressed up as science.

And here’s what they have to say about the Harmony Chip’s illustrious inventor.

A long-haired, bare-chested Yorkshireman with a fake Eastern name who rambles emptily about the nature of innovation and who attributes commonplace platitudes to himself.

Click on the link for proof I’m not making this up.

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Posted: 06 January 2008 12:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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What, no LifeWave?

And Alex picked up the beech knobs back in 2006, I see.

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Posted: 06 January 2008 12:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Smerk - 06 January 2008 05:30 AM

What, no LifeWave?

Haven’t you heard, LifeWave uses nanotechnology instead of snake-oil.

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Posted: 06 January 2008 06:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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The best thing on the Wired article is the comments section at the bottom.

Lots of “I tried dowsing and it worked!” testimonials, proving once and for all that when P. T. Barnum said there was a new sucker born every minute he was - in fact - underestimating the American public (though he undoubtedly didn’t go broke doing so)!

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Posted: 06 January 2008 06:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Heh. My husband was just telling me the other week about how his grandfather used a dowsing rod to find the well where his parents live smile

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Posted: 07 January 2008 03:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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If paying thousands of dollars for a volume control isn’t spendy enough, try upgrading it with a pair of $485 wooden volume knobs, replacing the standard bakelites.

There’s just no reason to pay this much for wood, even for committed audiophiles. Look at it this way: unlike speakers, signal processors or even cables, there’s no engineer out there dedicating his life to polishing wooden volume knobs.

LOL LOL LOL

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Posted: 07 January 2008 08:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I think I’m going to buy one of each of these things.  I should live to be 150.  Wheeeeeeeeeee   tongue wink

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Posted: 08 January 2008 02:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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That or the excessive buildup of harmonic energies will incinerate you instantly..

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Posted: 08 January 2008 01:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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“Wonga” is a great word. I just felt I needed to share that.

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Posted: 08 January 2008 07:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Wonga. Wonga wonga wonga.

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Posted: 08 January 2008 10:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Robin Bobcat - 08 January 2008 07:44 AM

That or the excessive buildup of harmonic energies will incinerate you instantly..

I wonder if I can channel it like the Green Lantern.  hmmmmm

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Posted: 09 January 2008 04:53 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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“The Gray Lantern”?  I suppose it could work.  Especially if your first name is Earl.

And I still wonder about the people who bought those stereo knobs, thinking that they actually do anything noticeable to the sound.  Perhaps I should start selling balsa television screens, for a “unique viewing experience not to be accomplished with more traditional screens”.

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