Magnetism can make you crazy

Ohio, the state where I lived for over thirty years, seems to be a breeding ground for nutcases and we saw them on display at recent statehouse hearings where several people peddled all manner of nutty theories about covid-19 and vaccines.

Here is anti-vaxxer named Dr. Sherri Tenpenny giving her two cents worth.

Then there was this nurse who picked up the magnetism ball and wanted to score a touchdown but fumbled.

So it did not go well.

But why did the key stick to her chest? One cannot be sure until one does some experiments but we know that things can stick to other things due to various adhesive forces and moisture plays a role. People have been regaling children for years by sticking spoons to their noses and the like without invoking magnetism.

But there is something magical about magnets. Einstein is said to have been deeply intrigued by magnetism as a boy. This is because it is an example of action at a distance, where we can control the motion of another object without touching it. Gravity is also action at a distance but out of our control.

The Insane Clown Posse sang, “Fucking magnets. How do they work?”, followed immediately by “I don’t want to talk to a scientist.” Who would have guessed that these anti-vaxxers in Ohio were such fans of this rap duo?

Ah, the mysteries of science. It can make you wonder. It can also inspire crazy theories.


  1. consciousness razor says

    Wow. An anti-vaccine nurse in Ohio tried to prove the Vaccines Cause Magnetism theory in an state legislative committee. The demonstration did not go to plan

    Yes, you all laugh now. But wait until you see how her tongue gets stuck on a frozen flagpole, because of the vaccine. Then we’ll see who is still laughing.

    Or just consider this recent video showing how plastic bottles work now, because of the vaccine. What if a baby’s head were inside that thing? This is incredibly dangerous! Your lies are all exposed.

    Any questions?

    Yes, I am currently taking several psychoactive drugs.

    Next question?

  2. Matt G says

    Not sure how cognitively impaired Tenpenny was before COVID-19, but the pandemic seems to have sent formerly intelligent, rational people off the deep end. Were they able to conceal their craziness well, or did something just snap?

  3. Trickster Goddess says

    Wait, wait, I’m confused. How did the anti-vax nurse become magnetic if she didn’t get the vaccine?

    Also, I’m vaccinated and I’m disappointed that I’m not magnetized. Maybe it comes after the second dose? If I was hesitant about being vaccinated but they told me it give me magnetic superpowers, I would rush out and get it right away!

  4. Mano Singham says

    Trickster Goddess,

    As a nurse, she may have been required to take the vaccine and is aggrieved.

  5. Who Cares says

    As one wag wrote on the internet, with audible exasperation seeing the thread (vaccination conspiracy theories) it was in:

    Have they run tests on the possible interaction between the 5G chips and this magnetism effect? Since I’ve seen an awful lot of people being attracted to cell towers lately.


  6. blf says

    @6, That reminds me of an “explanation” I posted to Pharyngula’s current [Pandemic and] Political Madness All the Time thread here at FtB, after another commentator quipped this vaccines-make-people-magnetic malarkey is “bananas” (slightly edited):

    The microchips are inert until activated by a magnet. Once activated, they become themselves magnetic. The intention was for the injected microchips to be activated by EMF from a mobile (e.g.) — 5G is particularly good for this — or by woo-woo from numerous sources. The magnetic activation means the chips in separate vials don’t interfere with each other during transport and storage, and being inert, can survive freezing.

    Once activated, the microchips and their magnetism suck in all available woo-woo, and, importantly, bananas. Over time, the woo-woo then turns the vaccinated person into bright yellow fruit. (Being covered with spoons and other ferrous metallic objects probably helps, especially the anvils st(r)uck to the head.) It is thought there is a spacefleet nearby, filled with either chimpanzee-like aliens, or mutant fruit flies, eagerly waiting for Earth to become Totally Bananas.

  7. Holms says

    The nurse is definitely suppressing laughter at the end. Also, I had no idea ICP’s music was so… sappy, so lame. It reminds me of christian ‘metal’. Or was that song the exception to their usual sound? That was actually the first time I’d ever heard an ICP song, so I’ve no clue here.

    No, I’m not going to check.

  8. K says

    The midwest likes to pride itself on being better than the rest of the country (particularly the coasts), but there are an awful lot of deranged loons who inhabit it.

  9. Ridana says

    How did the anti-vax nurse become magnetic if she didn’t get the vaccine?

    Haven’t you heard? Vaccinated people shed vaccine particles, which makes them dangerous to unvaccinated people, causing disruptions in periods, as well as miscarriages, and apparently making them magnetic (more research is needed to determine why the 3-4 grams of iron in the average adult hasn’t made us all magnetic). This is why brainy folks like the esteemed Dr. Wolfe say it’s urgent to segregate vaccinated and unvaccinated sewage. Maybe if they put this in the infrastructure bill Repooplicans will vote for it.

  10. steve oberski says

    @7/blf Sharing psychoactive drugs with consciousness razor ?

    I must get in on this, will check to see if covered by my drug plan.

  11. garnetstar says

    This one made me burst out laughing: the “doctor” claimed that “we just found out that there is a metal attached to the protein.” I’ve done bioinorganic chemistry on metalloproteins for years, so found that hilarious. 40% of the enzymes in that woman’s body right now are metalloenzymes. And no, the spike protein that they’re so scared about isn’t a metalloprotein. I mean, it might have some magnesium counter-ions, or something, but that’s all.

    Wonder what they would think if they learned that they’re full of iron attached to proteins right now? And that they’d instantly drop dead if the iron weren’t there and attached? That’s why cyanide is such a quick poison, actually: it binds to the iron attached to your proteins and stops you dead in your tracks.

  12. A Lurker from Mexico says

    All I got out of this is that right wingers need to shower more often.

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