Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ireland's Paul Moran tries to make gold from his own sorcerer's stone

Alchemy has a long tradition of chemists, scientists, and even amateur hacks trying to change base metals into gold or other valuable elements.  But one man in Ireland took this to the extreme when he tried to use his own feces as a 'Harry Potter' type sorcerer's stone and turn it into gold.

Unfortunately, he failed to recognize that waste products naturally turn into fuel, not metal, and his actions helped create a fire that threatened his neighborhood.

A man from Northern Ireland has been jailed after an experiment in which he attempted to turn his own faeces into gold went wrong and started a fire in a block of flats.
Paul Moran will now serve three months in jail and a further 12 months on license after the failed experiment caused a fire at his Housing Executive home in Derrin Park, Enniskillen.
Moran admitted arson and endangering the lives of others in the fire, which reportedly caused over £3,000 worth of damage. – Yahoo News
We at the Daily Economist do not advocate people to aspire to such desperate measures in these difficult economic times, but perhaps the poor guy mistook a lavoratory for a laboratory.


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