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    • This is true! It's an experimental electric bell that was set up in 1840, which has run nearly continuously ever since. It's said to have rung over 10 billion times. Researchers will have to wait until either the battery loses its charge or else the ringing mechanism breaks before dismantling it.
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    • It’s the Oxford Bell, and this is true. Started in 1840, it rings so soft that it’s almost inaudible, but nobody wants to take it apart to figure out what type of batteries it uses. Source: What If? by Randall Munroe
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    • Imagine if it’s infinite power but we’re all too afraid to break it...
      Huskyzs 5 jul
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    • Imagine when it does finally go out its like the solution to space travel where it's using vibrations to charge its self which is what we are trying to do with the new engine with no fuel
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    • The Oxford Electric Bell or Clarendon Dry Pile is an experimental electric bell that was set up in 1840 and which has run nearly continuously ever since. From what I see they do know how it works. It’s just really efficient
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    • We have a really good guess as to what it's made of. The dry piles, which is what the real name of the "batteries" is, are coated in molten sulfur and most probably are composed of paper, silver foil, and zinc foil. Another name for this is a Zamboni pile
      Tolan 6 jul
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    • We know how it works. The clapper is spontaneously electrostatically charged and repelled.
      Cacaonut 6 jul
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    • It amazes me that people need an account to tell them if something is true when you can Google shit like this in under a minute
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    • I used to think you were all crazy talking about the guy always commenting bible verses and now that I’m early I realize he is in fact real and on every post.
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    • energizer bunny is furrious
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    • im guessing it's lasted this long because zamboni piles have huge potential difference output but tiny current output
      eifhxb 6 jul
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    • Craftson 5 jul
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    • They actually have records of it being made from a sodium hydrocarbonic mixture, and the atoms bouncing around create power to keep the battery going
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    • Pretty sure it fell off the T.A.R.D.I.S.
      Neno1313 6 jul
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    • people too scared to break shit to see how it works... i'd dismantle it if i had access to it.
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    • Just like my dad, InfoChecker was nowhere to be found when I needed him
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    • Y'all literally have the key to infinite energy sitting in your fucking hands but your to afraid to reverse engineer it bitch this is why the aliens don't wanna talk to us anymore they give us cool shit like this and we just waste it as a nic nac
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    • It takes a little research, but all those companies have a standard that says they won’t make bulbs or batteries past a certain life cycle. Because they would go out of business if they actually made these and you only bought 1 for your whole life
      Vlademir 6 jul
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    • Steal it, study it, make more, National Treasure 3: Retirement Plan
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    • This is like the tech human guys in warhammer 40k (I’m sorry I don’t remember the faction name). Some guy built bipedal walker things and then he died and everybody else is afraid they won’t turn on again if they turn them off so they keep them on at all times running in a circle until they are need
      _Chaos_ 6 jul
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    • Motherfucker that's an SCP
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    • Wait what? Literally you don't want to take apart A FUCKING BELL to find better energy sources?
      bpis 6 jul
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    • Fuck the bell, open it up already.
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    • Oxford University? The same "University" that banned clapping because it was "triggering"?!?! Rofl
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    • Watch it be some stupid simple shit
      Eldarin 6 jul
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    • Probably a form of solid state battery?
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    • This has the vibe of an scp, but idk why...
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    • Looks like it works from the change atmospheric pressure and temperature change, there are clocks that work in this manner. Look up Atmos clock for more info
      G_Dawg 6 jul
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    • My phone has this type of battery. Unfortunately, it only rings, and you can’t hear anyone on the other phone
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    • Spoiler, they just made an immortal hamster
      Zakybear 6 jul
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    • Yes so, according to TC, and everyone else it’s the Oxford bell that was made around 1840. It rings very soft but it’s active, nobody wants to take it apart. If you ask me if we should take it apart, shit why the fuck not? Sources: trust me, bro.
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    • How do they not know what's in it? Where was the guy who made it? We could be sitting on ultimate battery technology but we're passing it up because we don't want to stop a hot streak
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    • Just imagine a time traveler inventing this with a literal bell so that the future can find the source of infinite energy but out dunbasses think it’s sacred and never touch it
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    • >Perpetual motion doesn’t exist. >this fucking thing does too. >you can’t prove it’s perpetual unless you wait until the end of time to see. Mfw people say science is ever 100% right
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    • The vibration charges it.
      Devast8 6 jul
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    • Perhaps it's desperately calling us to find put what it's made of.
      c43u3 5 jul
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    • That seems pretty stupid. “The possibility of long lasting batteries in a world where batteries are more frequent than anything else. Or one ringy boi.”
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    • InfoChecker isn't here because they're giving everyone customized features.
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    • I thought the tar dripping is the worlds longest experiment
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    • I know info checker isn’t here, but this is what I found: the bell has been ringing almost continuously since 1840, stopping only a few times. We do know that it runs off of a dry pile battery. The pitch drop experiment is generally credited as being the longest running experiment.
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    • It’s not been taken apart because the lobbyists in the White House don’t want to lose their precious oil money ... if we discover what this is we are no longer dependent on them!! I hear the FBI knocking I got to g....
      shanef07 6 jul
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    • How did they make it and not write anything down?
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    • You telling me that battery’s been running since the 1800s and yet my damn phone tops in under a day💯 Like the fucks going on
      74L0N 6 jul
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    • Is that what's in my head
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    • Inb4 it's just plugged in underneath
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    • Could be a solution to much longer running batteries but nobody wants to take it apart
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    • Infochescker
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    • Don't let China near it
      Imall469 6 jul
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    • Watch it be plugged in
      Doc3 6 jul
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    • Neat
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    • Sounds like an scp to me
      OperaGX 5 jul
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    • Did I get featured ?
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    • Fact check from above: Not only is this true, mustard is also yellow! Wow, neato!
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    • I thought the longest running experament was the pitch drop experament?
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    • Powered by cum
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    • Just hit the snooze button.
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    • Probably designed and created by a black person
      iQFacts 6 jul
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    • It is just plugged into the electrical system
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    • I'll be waiting here for InfoChecker. Someone tell me if they respond
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    • Well what if what’s powering the batter runs out and is just gone, wouldn’t it be best to actually take it apart before then
      SenseiOP 9 jul
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    • What if they take it apart and there's no power and its still ringing?
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    • It’s a small potato
      joeker00 9 jul
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    • It's powered by the souls of our enemies
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    • It's a colony of bugs that keep breeding inside
      EatMe 9 jul
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    • magnets that repel and attract. The movement charges the batteries. I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. I don’t know what I’m talking about. Bamboozled you are.
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    • I bet we find out in 2040
      CC19 8 jul
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    • Isn’t this just the imperiums entire worldview in warhammer 40k?
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    • So nobody wrote down what they were doing?
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    • They had electric cars in the late 1800 or something. It's not that big of a surprise.
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    • Alien tech at its infancy
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    • Lol as if the battery companies would use it anyway
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    • Wouldnt it be worth taking apart, figure it out and make a new one?
      cd_0 8 jul
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    • Why not just take it apart to try and reuse the technology? I dont get it.
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    • Look what my experiments have created, a bell. 🤭
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    • SINCE WHAT-
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    • The Sirens Bow in Praise
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    • Dude stops ringing it's the end of the world
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    • A Tesla invention maybe?
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    • Schrodinger's bell
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    • It's going to outlive humanity
      sl00t 8 jul
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    • Cum
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    • I’m guessing it’s some sort of perpetual motion with some sort of energy generated from it for an alarm
      zAomiic 8 jul
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    • Some Adeptus Mechanicus type shit
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    • Why the fuck would we not want to see what it’s actually made of?
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    • The black stuff from 1944 is cool too
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    • Imagine if they discovered an unlimited energy source
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    • That's dumb as hell
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    • The best part is the fact we're pretty sure what's in there. We just can't be sure till it finally stops
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    • There’s an infinity stone powering that thing
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    • Unlimited power!!!!!!!!!!
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    • Man are we going to look dumb when the janitor unpluggs it to dust the back off
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    • Imagine if all this time theres a guy under the table shaking it
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    • I’m either gonna figure this out or die trying
      bundle 7 jul
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    • So The Foundation let one slip
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