# Why does this circuit oscillate despite a short?

I was following a tutorial online and found the following schematic:

Here, there seems to be a base-emitter (and base-collector) short hence bypassing the transistor completely. I still constructed the circuit and to my surprise it does oscillate (it induces aa 10mA current in a secondary coil placed nearby). Why is this?

Edit: I forgot to mention that the secondary coil also has a potential difference of 3 volts. This current remains as long as the circuit I'd connected to a power source

• Where did the circuit come from? – Andy aka Sep 4 '15 at 17:37
• @Andyaka This YouTube video: youtube.com/watch?v=YLu16Yd-c20 It is a Hartley oscillator – DividedByZero Sep 4 '15 at 17:54
• It's not a hartley oscillator if the base is shorted to the emitter. – Andy aka Sep 4 '15 at 21:59
• @Andyaka, yes of course but it is meant to be one. This exactly is the problem- it's not a Hartley oscillator but is behaving like one! – DividedByZero Sep 4 '15 at 22:05