9 GIFs That Make Perpetual Motion Machines a Reality

By Eric Limer on at

Just imagine for a moment, 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.

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.


9 GIFs That Make Perpetual Motion Machines a Reality

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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9 GIFs That Make Perpetual Motion Machines a Reality

Another variation on the overbalanced wheel.

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9 GIFs That Make Perpetual Motion Machines a Reality

The overbalanced wheel is very popular.

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9 GIFs That Make Perpetual Motion Machines a Reality

Very popular.

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9 GIFs That Make Perpetual Motion Machines a Reality

This perpetual water wheel is hiding a secret pump.

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9 GIFs That Make Perpetual Motion Machines a Reality

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

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9 GIFs That Make Perpetual Motion Machines a Reality

If only it weren't for friction.

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9 GIFs That Make Perpetual Motion Machines a Reality

This beast is wildly efficient, but it stops eventually.

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