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Buckyball Magnets: Fun, Powerful and Versatile Choking Hazards

by Lambert Varias
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Happy 25th anniversary, Buckyball! Welcome Google visitors! (9/4/2010)

Hey guys! Let’s play a game! I call it “Hazard!” Here’s how it goes: I describe something, and you tell me the answer in the form of a question. Awesome game right? Okay let’s get started! It is the spherical form of Buckminsterfullerene C60. What? “What is a buckyball?” Nice one! How about this one: They’re small, round, come in groups of 216, and are hazardous to kids and gadgets. I’ll give you some time to think.

“What are boogers?” I’m sorry but that is incorrect. The correct answer is, “What are BuckyBalls?”

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No, not buckyballs. BuckyBalls. BuckyBalls are not allotropes of carbon. They’re magnets made of neodymium. Makers Zoomdoggle have a couple of videos that show what the toy can do:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIYJiZ8Tf8w

As you can see, BuckyBalls are powerful enough that they stick to each other and to metal surfaces as well – even when thrown. They’re also powerful enough to break hard drives and yes, pacemakers. On the other hand, children have also been known to break stuff and cause heart attacks. At least you can throw BuckyBalls away when you get tired of them right?

BuckyBalls sell for $20 US per set, plus a $6 US shipping and handling charge. But if you buy a second set, Zoomdoggle will ship them to you at no extra cost. Place your orders at e-junkie. That’s it for today’s “Hazard!”. If you live in the Internet area and would like to be a contestant, I’m sorry but you can’t be on the show because this is our last episode.

[via The Presurfer]



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