Hans August Larson

From Kook Science

Hans August Larson was a Danish-born eccentric resident in Manitoba and Minnesota during the early twentieth-century, self-described as a spiritualist, hypnotist, and mind-reader (Spirritualist & Hipnotist & Minwreeder), and who claimed to have devised a method of perpetual motion as well as a submarine torpedo that he claimed "would make the nation that purchased it master of the world."


1896-1910 (Balsam Bay, Manitoba)

1911-1916 (Aspelin, Minnesota)

Perpetual Motion

Submarine Torpedo

  • "Hans August Larsens mystiske Opfindelse" (in Danish), Minneapolis Tidende: 12, Minneapolis,, "Winnipeg, Man., den 2de Sept. Hans August Larsen af Mid­dle River, Minn., vil kanske sælge fin mystiske Opfindelse, som han siger vil dræbe Tusinder af Tyskere, hvis fæstet til en Undervandsbaad, for en ringe Sum af $5,000,000. Dette fortalte hart Brigadegeneral Ruttan idag. Han er imidlertid ikke faa ivrig for det og vil ligesaa gjerne sæl­ge til den tyske Regjering, naar hatt har havt „sit aftalte Møde med Keiseren”, i Tilfælde den kanadiske Re-gjerittg ikke vil fjøbe. Hvordan Minnesota-Manden idethesetaget fom saa langt som til General Ruttatt er en Gaade sor Myndighederne." 
  • "Hans Will End War in Jiffy For $5,000,000 - Calls at War Office With Invention But Officers Short on 'Change'", Winnipeg Tribune (Winnipeg, MB): 1, 19 Sep. 1916, 
  • "$5,000,000 SECRET ON BACK HE BALKS AT 5 CENT BILL", Owensboro Messenger (Owensboro, KY): 7, 15 Oct. 1916,, "Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 14. - Carrying on his back an invention which he valued at $5,000,000, Hans August Larson, of Middle River, Minn., made so much trouble over five cents in a Gateway restaurant that he was taken to municipal court and fined $10. Larson startled Minneapolis by announcing that he had invented a submarine torpedo that would make the nation that purchased it master of the world. He went into the Seymour restaurant, priced beefsteak and potatoes, and then sat down to eat. The meal over, the cashier told him his bill was 35 cents. Larson insisted it was 30 cents. 'No steak in the world is worth 35 cents and you can't fool me,' said Larson. In court Larson handed Municipal Judge C. L. Smith a written oath declaring he wanted his body to shrivel and his voice to be destroyed if he didn't tell the truth. He said he was overcharged and that was all there was to it. At the end of his story he was fined $10." 

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