When I was 8 I got my hands on dozens of huge rubber bands. I attached them to my bike such a contraptionary way that when I got it going, the rubber bands would keep peddling for me... FOREVER! Things weren't working out so well, and then one of the bands snapped. I realised (in some crude way) that you needed energy to break stuff, so these god damn rubber bands were actually slowing me down and would in no way give me a free ride to the video game arcade.
Fucking science has also prevented me from flying by moving my legs very fast and from travelling through time by attaching several old car batteries to cunningly arranged loops of chicken wire.
He's going for those "C" grade free energy devices. An "A" rated one invents itself utilizing the power it produces once invented. Just like how Abe Lincoln was born in that log cabin he built with his own hands.