You may remember that a while back, I wrote up the intriguing claims of Steorn, a Dublin company which says it has invented a device that produced more energy than it consumed. I was, and am, highly sceptical about all such claims without positive third party proof. There has been none.
Now here's a fascinating email from an anonymous reader. They say:
"I’m directing this message to you because in the past you have written an article on the subject of the Irish tech company Steorn who claim to have discovered ´free energy [...] Many of the people who were at a recent party hosted by Steorn in Dublin, supposedly forum members and Steorn employees, seem to resemble either a crime fiction writers or hypnotherapists!"
Well! Normally, anonymous suggestions get the bums' rush - but since the appropiate file is available from www.padd.nl I decided to go and look for myself.
It's a bit of a pain to download, because it's festooned with popups from the free hosting service used to serve the 4.5MB file, but if you're interested here are just some of the highlights, edited badly by yours truly. These are about a quarter of the examples in the file; some I've not put in are better, others are barely plausible with your eyes screwed up and the bottle empty:
I can't speak for my correspondent, but the photos seem to be accurately sourced. And you can check the original party pictures on their Yahoo and Flickr homes. It could be that the party really was a crime fiction writers' convention with their attendant therapists, or that astonishing facial coincidence is in play, or that we're just seeing things that aren't there. Go check for yourself. Or it could be that, as with all things Steorn, the true nature of what's going remains beyond the reach of mere logic - for now.