Amazingly, Munsters’ Magic Gas Pill is a Scam

A Texas company that was capitalizing on high gas prices and consumer ignorance to market magic “gas pills” has been smacked down by the State for being, you know, a total scam.

BioPerformance, Inc. marketed a pill that claimed to have a non-toxic effect that can increase fuel efficiency by 30 percent or more and cut harmful emissions by up to 50 percent. Note the word “non-toxic.” In actuality, the gas pills were just moth balls, which you wouldn’t want to plunk down into your gas tank any more than you’d like to plunk one down into your stomach. Exposure to mothballs can result in anemia and neurological or liver damage.

Weirdly, not only is the pill worthless, but it seems to have been the apex of an elaborate Mary Kay-like pyramid scheme. BioPerformance primarily marketed the pill to entrepreneurs looking to start up regional chapters. These sponsored companies were charged from between $300 to $500.

The lesson here? Don’t buy a product inspired by an episode of The Munsters.

Texas Drains Fake Fuel Pill Scheme [Consumer Affairs]

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  1. factotum says:

    These are the turds who are spamming the job boards on Craigslist. I hope they all get brain damage.

  2. GenXCub says:

    There was a Mythbusters episode that tested several of these online scams in both carburetor and fuel injected engines.

    The only one that showed promise was having an electrolytic reaction that generated hydrogen from water to power your car. The product they bought couldn’t make enough hydrogen to actually power a car, but they did prove that you could just aim a hose dispensing hydrogen right into the top of a carburetor and your car would run on it.

  3. DeeJayQueue says:

    Yeah, and they also found that you can’t make hydrogen from water without expelling more energy than you’d use the hydrogen for. Plus Jamie almost ‘sploded himself while playing with the Hydrogen hose. It’s no mystery that Hydrogen is combustible, but thus far it’s not cost effective.

    The most plausible thing was when they ran the Mercedes off of pure filtered vegetable oil. That at least is the bright shining side to America’s love of deep-fried foods.

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