Charles Wells was a very dubious inventor.
Wells born sometime around 1860 duped people into investing in far-fetched inventions, among them a musical skipping rope. He was successful enough to buy a yacht equipped with a ballroom and church organ. In 1892, he sailed in it to
Carlo, where he had a spectacular win of 16,000 pounds
at the casino and was later dubbed ‘the man who broke the bank at Monte
Carlo.’ The attendant notoriety alerted disgruntled
former investors to his whereabouts and he was sentenced to 8 years hard
labour. On his release, he invented a lifebelt, which was demonstrated by a