Just what you were waiting for to make your life Greener
Hasbro, the owners of the most popular game board ever, Monopoly, is going green! On Earth day last week, they announced a version of Monopoly, Here and Now, with replaces the utilities in the normal game with Wind Energy and Solar Energy...eh? you are not impressed? Why, this incitement to buy a new version of the game that no doubt you already have will revitalize global commerce, reduce global warming and, no doubt, improve your sex life. And if you believe that, I have a bridge in my backyard for sale.
Sad news, your last chance to buy one of these-- via AutoBlog Green
The 3-wheeled Bajaj Motors rickshaw, ubiquitous in India and other Asian countries, has been taken off the market in the US (who knew it was on the market?) Though super-energy efficient (supposedly at 65mpg but that's with a 2-stroke engine which spews oil fumes,) its manual transmission was cited as the major reason "it didn't sell well," but perhaps discerning critics may find a few others, such as "who in their right minds would want to drive that thing in the US?" and "what happens when it rains (in India they have drop down flaps, inexplicably not shown in the photo)" [image via AutoBlogl]
The total ignorance of so many (blog and otherwise) writers (among them: Environmental News enn.com) was exposed when this ridiculous device was given wide-spread publicity: a gravity-powered light, the Garvia. It even got a Greener Gadgets award!
Supposedly you raised the weights to the top of the lamp (manually) and the falling weight would provide 40w equivalent of light for four hours. Even my 10-year-old son might have had enough physics knowledge to know this was completely stupid.
As it turns out, a simple energy calculation shows that it might, if the weights were 20lb, produce approximately 1/100th of a watt. Not even enough for that sparkle in your eye.
So what does it say that hundreds of endorsements of this perpetual-motion-machine-like gadget are still in existence? Some writers have added corrections pointing out the impossibility of the claim, but nobody, to my knowledge, has condemned the originator, who recently graduated from Virginia Tech with a Master's degree in engineering, for being deceitful.
Looks good though, might make a good paperweight.