When Buckyball magnet toys first showed up a few years ago, they were the coolest science toy around. Little spherical rare earth magnets are just too much fun to arrange and fuck around with, but they’re also an extreme hazard to small children. As in, not just a swallowing hazard, but a “magnets painfully clamp your intestines together in a way that could be fatal without surgery” sort of way.
Over the past couple years, science has developed cloaking systems for visible light, infrared and sonar. Now, scientists at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (that’s Barcelona, Spain, not Kansas) have been able to cloak magnetic fields using the magic of anti-magnets. Oooh, that sounds futuristic.
Last year, the neodymium magnet toy, Buckyballs were the hottest stocking stuffer during the holidays, because there’s just unlimited fun to be had in strong rare earth magnets, Now, Buckballs have evolved into cubes to make magnet building ven more… stable.
Some theorize that the ancient Egyptians built their pyramids with human slave labor, but these days, we can just force bacteria to build pyramids for us. It’s one more step towards building a microscopic kingdom where we’ll all live in harmony with the gods.
Everybody has a very subtle magnetic field, but mother of one Brenda Allison claims that she’s actually magnetic. Obviously not in a sexual way, but in a “magnets how do they work” kind of way. Brenda claims that in addition to having small, light metal objects sticking to her skin for up to 45 minutes at a time, that she sets off car alarms, disrupts television sets and blows out light bulbs.
Technically, you can’t call it silly putty, it’s the Magnetic Thinking Putty and it’s silly putty-like silicone rubber embedded with bajillions of microscopic magnets and it’s one of the coolest toys I’ve ever seen. For $13.50, each tin comes with the putty and a super strong neodymium iron boron magnet for all sorts of magnetic fun right out of the box.