THE 18 MOST SUPPRESSED INVENTIONS
THE ORIGINAL ELECTRIC CAR: UNPLUGGED?
Perhaps the most notorious suppressed invention is the General Motors EV1, subject of the 2006 documentary,Â Who Killed the Electric Car?Â The EV1 was the worldâ€™s first mass-produced electric car, with 800 of them up for lease from GM in the late â€™90s.Â GM ended the EV1 line in 1999, stating that consumers werenâ€™t happy with the limited driving range of the carâ€™s batteries, making it unprofitable to continue production.
Many skeptics, however, believe GM killed the EV1 under pressure from oil companies, who stand to lose the most if high-efficiency vehicles conquer the market. It didnâ€™t help that GM hunted down and destroyed every last EV1, ensuring the technology would die out.
THE DEATH OF THE AMERICAN STREETCAR
In 1921, if the streetcar industry wasnâ€™t actually naming streetcars Desire, it was certainly desiring more streetcars. They netted $1 billion, causing General Motors to hemorrhage $65 million in the face of a thriving industry. GM retaliated by buying and closing hundreds of independent railway companies, boosting the market for gas-guzzling GM buses and cars. While a recent urban movement to rescue mass transit has been underway, it is unlikely weâ€™ll ever see streetcars return to their former glory.
THE 99-MPG CAR
The holy grail of automotive technology is the 99-mpg car. Although the technology has been available for years, automakers have deliberately withheld it from the U.S. market. In 2000, theÂ New York TimesÂ reported a little-known fact, at least to most: A diesel-powered dynamo called the Volkswagen Lupo had driven around the world averaging higher than 99 mpg. The Lupo was sold in Europe from 1998 to 2005 but, once again, automakers prevented it from coming to market; they claimed Americans had no interest in small, fuel-efficient cars.
Nikola Tesla was more than just the inspiration for a hair metal band, he was also an undisputed genius. In 1899, he figured out a way to bypass fossil-fuel-burning power plants and power lines, proving that â€śfree energyâ€ť could be harnessed using ionization in the upper atmosphere to produce electrical vibrations. J.P. Morgan, who had been funding Teslaâ€™s research, had a bit of buyerâ€™s remorse when he realized that free energy for all wasnâ€™t as profitable as, say, actually charging people for every watt of energy use. Morgan then drove another nail in free energyâ€™s coffin by chasing away other investors, ensuring Teslaâ€™s dream would die.
MIRACLE CANCER CURE
In 2001, Nova Scotian Rick Simpson discovered that a cancerous spot on his skin disappeared within a few days of applying an essential oil made from marijuana. Since then, Simpson and others have treated thousands of cancer patients with incredible success. Researchers in Spain have confirmed that THC, an active compound in marijuana, kills brain-tumor cells in human subjects and shows promise with breast, pancreatic and liver tumors. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, however, classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning that it has no accepted medical use, unlike Schedule II drugs, like cocaine and methamphetamine, which may provide medical benefits. What a buzzkill.
Despite how silly it sounds, water-fueled vehicles do exist. The most famous is Stan Meyerâ€™s dune buggy, which achieved 100 miles per gallon and might have become more commonplace had Meyer not succumbed to a suspicious brain aneurysm at 57. Insiders have loudly claimed that Meyer was poisoned after he refused to sell his patents or end his research. Fearing a conspiracy, his partners have all but gone underground (or should we say underwater?) and taken his famed water-powered dune buggy with them. We just hope someone finally brings back the amphibious car.
What if you had a device that could see into the future and revisit the past? And what if you didnâ€™t need Christopher Lloyd to help you? Father Pellegrino Maria Ernetti, an Italian priest, claimed in the 1960s to have invented what he called a Chronovisor, something that allowed him to witness Christâ€™s crucifixion. The device supposedly enabled viewers to watch any event in human history by tuning in to remnant vibrations that are caused by every action. (His team of researchers and builders included Enrico Fermi, who also worked on the first atomic bomb). On his deathbed, Fermi admitted that he had faked viewings of ancient Greece and Christâ€™s demise, but insisted the Chronovisor, which had by then vanished, still worked. Unsurprisingly, conspiracy theorists say the Vatican is now the likely owner of the original Chronovisor.
American inventor Royal Rife (his real name), in 1934, cured 14 â€śterminalâ€ť cancer patients and hundreds of animal cancers by aiming his â€śbeam rayâ€ť at what he called the â€ścancer virus.â€ť So why isnâ€™t the Rife Ray in use today?A 1986 book,Â The Cancer Cure That Worked, Fifty Years of Suppression, by Barry Lynes and John Crane, revived the Rife device affair. The book, written in a style typical of conspiratorial theorists, cites names, dates, events and places, giving the appearance of authenticity to a mixture of historical documents and speculations selectively spun into a web far too complex to permit verification by any thing short of a army of investigators with unlimited resources. The authors claim that Rife successfully demonstrated his deviceâ€™s cancer curing ability in 1934, but that â€śall reports describing the cure were censored by the head of the AMA from the major medical journals.â€ťÂ A 1953 U.S. Senate special investigation concluded that Fishbein and the AMA had conspired with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to suppress various alternative cancer treatments that conflicted with the AMAâ€™s pre-determined view that â€śradium, x-ray therapy and surgery are the only recognized treatments for cancer.â€ť
In 1953, a drought threatened Maineâ€™s blueberry crop, and several farmers offered to pay Reich if he could make it rain. The weather bureau had reportedly forecast no rain for several days when Reich began the experiment at 10 a.m. on July 6, 1953. TheBangorÂ Daily NewsÂ reported on July 24:
Dr. Reich and three assistants set up their â€śrain-makingâ€ť device off the shore of Grand Lake. The device, a set of hollow tubes, suspended over a small cylinder, connected by a cable, conducted a â€śdrawingâ€ť operation for about an hour and ten minutes.Â According to a reliable source in EllsworthÂ the following climatic changes took place in that city on the night of July 6 and the early morning of July 7: â€śRain began to fall shortly after ten oâ€™clock Monday evening, first as a drizzle and then by midnight as a gentle, steady rain. Rain continued throughout the night, and a rainfall of 0.24 inches was recorded in Ellsworth the following morning.â€ť
A puzzled witness to the â€śrain-makingâ€ť process said: â€śThe queerest looking clouds you ever saw began to form soon after they got the thing rolling.â€ť And later the same witness said the scientists were able to change the course of the wind by manipulation of the device.
The blueberry crop survived, the farmers declared themselves satisfied, and Reich received his fee
A number of overunity generators, which produce more energy than they take to run, have surfaced in the past century. Ironically, they have been more trouble than they were worth. In nearly all cases, a supposedly working prototype has been unable to make it to commercial production as a result of various corporate or government forces working against the technology. Recently, the Lutec 1000, an â€śelectricity amplifier,â€ť has been making steady progress toward a final commercial version. Will consumers soon be able to buy it, or will it too be suppressed?
Billions of dollars have been spent researching how to create energy using controlled â€śhot fusion,â€ť a risky and unpredictable line of experimentation. Meanwhile, garage scientists and a fringe group of university researchers have been getting closer to harnessing the power of â€ścold fusion,â€ť which is much more stable and controllable, but far less supported by government and foundation money. In 1989, Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons announced that they had made a breakthrough and had observed cold fusion in a glass jar on their lab bench. To say the reaction they received was chilly would be an understatement. CBSâ€™sÂ 60 MinutesÂ described how the resulting backlash from the well-funded hot-fusion crowd sent the researchers underground and overseas, where within a few years their funding dried up, forcing them to drop their pursuit of clean energy.
Cold fusion isnâ€™t the only technology to get buried by hot-headed scientists. When two physicists who were working on the decades-long Tokamak Hot Fusion project at Los Alamos Laboratory stumbled across a cheaper, safer method of creating energy from colliding atoms, they were allegedly forced to repudiate their own discoveries or be fired; the lab feared losing the torrent of government money for Tokamak. In retaliation, the lead researchers created the Focus Fusion Society, which raises private money to fund their research outside of government interference.
MAGNETOFUNK AND HIMMELKOMPASS
Nazi scientists spent much of World War II hidden in a covert military base somewhere in the arctic, creating the Magnetofunk. This alleged invention was designed to deflect the compasses of Allied aircraft that might be searching for Point 103, as the base was known. The aircraft pilots would think they were flying in a straight line, but would gradually curve around Point 103 without ever knowing they were deceived. The Himmelkompass allowed German navigators to orient themselves to the position of the sun, rather than magnetic forces, so they could find Point 103 despite the effects of the Magnetofunk. According to Wilhelm Landig, a former SS officer, these two devices were closely guarded secrets of the Third Reich. So closely guarded were they that neither device apparently survived the collapse of Hitlerâ€™s Germany, although the real tragedy is that no one has ever named their band Magnetofunk.