Brita, Bottled, or ‘Blessed’

South Korean professor Kim is charged with fraud after inventing a device that he claimed could turn regular tap water into blessed “holy water,” which replicates the healing powers of the holy water located at the Catholic Virgin Mary shrine at Lourdes, in France. Kim’s scientific method involves turning the medical properties of the real holy water into digital signals and transferring these signals onto any tap water via his device which features ceramic and paper filters and plastic cords.

Kim sold around 5,000 of these devices to people in Seoul, Korea with various ailments, and made about $1.3 million before his victims went to the police and turned him in for fraud. (That’s $260 per machine.)

I don’t know what’s worse: Professor Kim’s fake device, or using bottled water for Baptism.

Alternatively, if you want clean tap water, you could always invest in a Brita water  filter. It won’t bring healing powers to your water, but it will filter out the stuff that may have caused some of the ailments suffered by Kim’s victims. After this experience, however, Seoul residents will probably be reluctant to purchase anything that claims to purify tap water for a long time.