A Perpetual Motion Circus

Photo by: Ted Strutz

“It’s designed for tiny amounts of power,” said Bernard, gesturing to the many-wheeled machine.

“How tiny?” asked Sam, science reporter.

“Far less than a watch battery, roughly. I just intuit this stuff without math. Thing is, I never connected it to any power.”

Sam watched the wheels spinning like mad. “So…?”

“It’s a perpetual motion machine!”

“Impossible!” scoffed Sam. “That would violate the second law of thermodynamics.”

“But nothing is powering it.”

Sam shrugged. “Then maybe it is.”

Inside the tiny drive wheel, one flea said to the other, “Keep running! The exit is just ahead!”

Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2017/12/27/22-december-2017/

Author’s Notes:

Perpetual motion machines have been sought after for centuries. The idea is a machine that once running would never stop, even though it never receives any source of power. Such machines cannot truly exist.

Second law of thermodynamics: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_law_of_thermodynamics

Flea Circus: “…is a circus sideshow attraction in which fleas are attached (or appear to be attached) to miniature carts and other items, and encouraged to perform circus acts within a small housing.”

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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45 Responses to A Perpetual Motion Circus

  1. bbryanthomas says:

    Loved it.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. James says:

    That’s tiny alright.


  3. You aced it with this one, Eric. 🙂 Five out of five Mexican jumping beans for your inventive tale!

    Did you get this idea from historical research? I learned one time that this is the way cranes operated in the 1600’s — propelled by human feet. Talk about life being a vicious circle!

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  4. Dear Eric,

    I’m glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read the last line. I’m sure I would’ve snorted it out my nose. 😀 😀 😀



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  5. Lyn says:

    Well, at least while they’re spinning wheels, they’re leaving my cat alone. Hey, maybe if we caught enough fleas, we could solve the renewable energy power problem. Fleas breed like…well, like flees 😀

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  6. Delightfully different – thanks for my biggest grin of the day.

    Click to read my FriFic!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. yarnspinnerr says:

    Fleas powering a perpetual movement machine – Very clever. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Ha ha ha. These guys are in for a shock.

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  9. pennygadd51 says:

    Now that’s a really imaginative take on the prompt!


  10. WTF!

    (What the Flea!)

    I loved flea circus as a child. Nice to have a modern re-enactment.

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  11. I would not have given up until I found that flea…. the second law cannot be tampered with

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  12. Jelli says:

    Oh, that one is Hilarious! Loved it! Flea-power… hehehe!

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  13. Susan says:

    Fleas don’t live long. I hope Bernard can change them out before Sam finds out.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. prior.. says:

    learn so much with your posts – ha and this one was fun – esp the flea circus

    Liked by 1 person

  15. rgayer55 says:

    I bet those are on their way to the flea market to do some shopping. 🙂

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  16. Jumping to conclusions – wonder if that’s why an apple gave up Gravity and not pie.
    Mine: https://kindredspirit23.wordpress.com/2017/12/27/friday-fictioneers-lifes-cycle/

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  17. Sandra says:

    Loved your take on the prompt!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. This was great, Eric. I sat here and laughed out loud. 😀 — Suzanne

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Deb Whittam says:

    Absolutely love this

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