If you were one of the many thousands who were super stoked about the Miracle Machine that can turn water into fine wine in just a few days, we hate to burst your bubble, but that feat will have to be left to the big guy upstairs after all — the machine was a hoax, but before you get too upset, you were fooled for a really good cause (and you can still get some wine out of the deal).
A video released a few weeks ago featured an elaborate story and presentation of the Miracle Machine, which would supposedly allow you to make high quality wine at home in just three days. The video went viral and has been viewed more than 200,000 times. All this attention has created the perfect environment for the people behind the video–the nonprofit Wine to Water–to release their punch line: the gadget doesn’t exist, but there’s a major world issue that does.
“While we can’t turn water into wine,” admits the big-reveal video (below), “we can turn wine into water.” For ten years, Wine to Water has been using wine-related events like tastings and wine sales as fundraisers to help get clean drinking water to people who need it most. To date, the organization has provided clean water and sanitation to over 250,000 people in 17 countries.
“The Miracle Machine has generated enormous interest around the globe,” state’s the charity’s website. “We and W/W supporters Kevin Boyer and Philip James are sorry to disappoint anyone who was looking forward to high quality wine in 3 days. Watch this video to find out about a real miracle…If the idea of the $499 Miracle Machine got your juices flowing, perhaps we can offer you some of our limited edition ‘MM’ commemorative wine instead. For every bottle purchased, ten lives will be saved through our work around the world.”
Okay, so they pulled a fast one on you, but you’ve got to admit they did it really, really well, and you can still get ahold of some fine wine and do some good…no hard feelings?