Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Robot hoax

  1. May 23, 2008 #1
    hi, i am doing a small presentation on the history of robots and found loads of fake robots. The best is boilerplate robot..which dates back to Victorian age even before differential engine was invented. So i will be happy is some one helps to identify the hoax.
    http://bigredhair.com/boilerplate/" [Broken]
    Last edited by a moderator: May 3, 2017
  2. jcsd
  3. May 23, 2008 #2


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    The website, http://bigredhair.com/boilerplate/
    is a hoax.


    Here is an article bout Commedian Chris Elliot getting caught up in it by using a reference to Boilerplate in a book.


    Last edited: May 23, 2008
  4. May 23, 2008 #3


    User Avatar
    Gold Member

    It's a nice fantasy, harkening back to the days of 'The Wild Wild West' (the series, not the movie). Take a look at the thing, though. Since it would have to have been steam-powered in that era, with large metal gears, there just isn't enough room in it for an actuating system. Besides:
    Doesn't this imply that anyone who buys the story is smoking something?
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook