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6 December, 2005

Attractive gift idea

Ideal for that precocious 10-year-old nephew: a N45 ('highest grade') neodymium magnet. Don't let his mother read the sales copy:

Warning! These are absolutely not toys and can be very dangerous! Keep away from children – these can easily crush fingers! We cannot be held responsible for injury or damage caused by these powerful magnets.

Uses include magnetic steering of nuclear particles in homemade accelerators, levitation devices, magnetic beam amplifiers, scrap iron separators, etc.

Beware – you must think ahead when moving these magnets.
If carrying one into another room, carefully plan the route you will be taking. Computers & monitors will be affected in an entire room. Loose metallic objects and other magnets may become airborne and fly considerable distances – and at great speed – to attach themselves to this magnet. If you get caught in between the two, you can get injured.
Two of these magnets close together can create an almost unbelievable magnetic field that can be very dangerous. Of all the unique items we offer for sale, we consider these two items the most dangerous of all. Our normal packing & shipping personnel refuse to package these magnets – our engineers have to do it. This is no joke and we cannot stress it strongly enough – that you must be extremely careful – and know what you're doing with these magnets. Take Note: Two of the 3" x 1" disc magnets can very easily break your arm if they get out of control.
We can only ship these magnets by ground UPS – they cannot be shipped via air as it will interfere with the aircraft's navigational equipment.

Hmm. Okay. Better wait until he's eleven, then.

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