03 July 2010

Professor in holy water scam

According to the BBC a South Korean professor who claimed he could make tap water into holy water will face fraud charges.

The man, named as Prof Kim, claimed he could digitally capture the elements of holy water from Lourdes, France, that believers say has healing powers. He had sold devices to more than 5,000 people, making almost 1.7bn won ($1.3m, £870,000).

Mr Kim had claimed his ceramic and paper filters, and plastic cards used in water purifiers. The police said that the people who had bought the devices had complained when they did not work.

They did not work? Well duh!


James Higham said...

Ah but how can they prove that?

Sean Jeating said...

These folks just don't believe firmly enough.

Andrew Scott said...

It's hard to feel any sympathy for the fools who would buy such things. But, echoing Sean, the placebo effect can be so awesomely powerful in people of real faith I expect some will come forward now who swear the system is worth every penny. I know how to cure anything by the way, but nobody believes me. If just 1000 ill people could try really really believing in me I'm sure I'd soon be on the road to getting my Sainthood. (But then we already have a Saint Andrew. Drat.)

Claudia said...

O ye, men of little faith! I've been anxiously waiting for it to arrive. It works! I tried it before and I stopped shrinking. I would have disappeared completely without it.

You mean you're not the reincarnated Saint Andrew, Dr.Scott? You could have fooled me. Why do you think I've been speaking with you, all those weeks?

jams o donnell said...

Well perhaps absence of evidence is evidence of absence in this case James

There you have it Sean!

Andrew truly you are saintly material. I bet you have plenty of miracles under your belt already!

Well Claudia we stand corrected but was that the machine or your devotion to a new saint!

beakerkin said...

What a waste of time. The professor should have invented water that tastes great but is less filling. He could have found a mix of minerals to make California water drinkable. The Water in Southern CA is an abomination.

jams o donnell said...

If only... I'm sure he would have made Croesus look poor if he had!

Liz said...

There is so much wrong for so many reasons with this ... ha ha ha.

I notice Sainsburys (and probably other supermarkets) sell bottled water in their Basics range. I had a look at the ingredients list on bottle and I can only assume it came straight from the tap.

jams o donnell said...

It is isn't it Liz! the water is almost certainly from the tap