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We are too stupid to have fun magnets

By johnboy - 29 August 2012 32

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Justice and Community Safety have announced they’re not going to let us have small high powered magnets:

ACT Commissioner for Fair Trading, Brett Phillips, has today announced that certain adult magnetic products that are unsafe for children will be banned from sale in the ACT.

Most Australian States and Territories are proposing to impose an interim ban on the products. This follows the signing of a Draft Notice for the imposition of a permanent ban on these products by the Assistant Treasurer on 22 August 2012.

The products contain small, high powered magnets and are sold under various brand names including ‘Buckyballs’, ‘Neocubes’ and ‘Neodymium sphere magnets’. They are designed to sit on a desk and the user can mould the balls and cubes to create patterns and build shapes.

“The products are intended for use by adults, and come with warning labels, but children and teenagers have been attracted to the items. It is of grave concern that I have read reports indicating that parents are purchasing these items for children as young as eight,” said Mr Phillips.

“Other reports indicate that teenagers have been known to simulate face and tongue piercings with the magnets.

Buckyballs have a website explaining what we’re going to be missing out on.

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We are too stupid to have fun magnets
Holden Caulfield 3:45 pm 29 Aug 12

I think this is a good idea for Canberra.

The risk of being attracted to and ultimately stuck to temporary fencing is far too high.

Jim Jones 3:34 pm 29 Aug 12

IT’S POLITICAL CORRECTNESS GONE MAD!!!

KB1971 3:33 pm 29 Aug 12

They should ban marbles too…..

KB1971 3:31 pm 29 Aug 12

johnboy said :

And cracked have something on this today!

http://www.cracked.com/quick-fixes/5-toy-recalls-that-everyone-should-have-seen-coming/

Websense says that is tasteless.

Henry82 3:13 pm 29 Aug 12

SnapperJack said :

Why was this ever allowed into this country in the first place?

because they’re an adult toy? Seems we can’t have nice things

OpenYourMind 2:46 pm 29 Aug 12

Jivrashia said :

No one is going to take away my collection of magnets obtained from disassembled hard disk drives!

And, believe you me, they are not for unwary adults due to the extreme strength of the magnets, which does pose real danger to your fingers if handled incorrectly.

But, no, they aren’t easy to swallow…

Yeah, I’ve got a few from the really, really old chunky hdd’s. You can stick an encyclopedia to the fridge with one and I’m not talking about the lame arsed J-K, I’m talkin A or maybe M.

I’m pretty sure that these items are very easy to buy online and a ban won’t help that much.

Jivrashia 2:40 pm 29 Aug 12

Next target of the fun police…

Cartwheel ban in schools.
STUDENTS have been banned from performing handstands and cartwheels in the playground of a Sydney primary school.

arescarti42 2:14 pm 29 Aug 12

This pisses me off. If children eat magnets and die, then fine, don’t sell/give magnets to children. You know, just like we don’t sell/give them knives because they cut themselves.

Damned government infringing on my civil liberties again.

p1 2:04 pm 29 Aug 12

ACT Commissioner for Fair Trading, Brett Phillips, has today announced that certain adult magnetic products that are unsafe for children will be banned from sale in the ACT.

I thought adult products were already banned from sale to children? Plus, wouldn’t they tend to stick to your prince albert/??ï? ring?

Jivrashia 1:40 pm 29 Aug 12

No one is going to take away my collection of magnets obtained from disassembled hard disk drives!

And, believe you me, they are not for unwary adults due to the extreme strength of the magnets, which does pose real danger to your fingers if handled incorrectly.

But, no, they aren’t easy to swallow…

futto 1:21 pm 29 Aug 12

Does anyone know if this ban will affect me buying them online? I assume it won’t be illegal to possess rare earth magnets, just to sell them in retail shops.

rescuedg 12:39 pm 29 Aug 12

When I was younger we spent a long time in ED with my younger sister, probably 10 or 11. She had magnetic faux earrings, butterflies – definitely designed for kids. My sister seemed to have thought it would be a good idea to imitate those with nose rings and ended up inhaling the magnets that she had placed on the inside of her nostrils (she put one on each side of her nose). The Drs were very concerned that if she had inhaled two magnets separately they could do significant damage trying to come together inside her digestive system.

Luckily that did not happen and she just pooped out the magnets which were together. I am not sure I agree with the ban but agree that magnets that are easy to swallow should not be given to kids/ adolescents stupid enough to do stupid things with them.

SnapperJack 12:32 pm 29 Aug 12

Why was this ever allowed into this country in the first place? Blind Freddie could have foreseen that kids would swallow it. I can remember years ago when there was talk of banning 35mm film canisters because kids might try to swallow them. Time to be more vigilant.

Henry82 12:29 pm 29 Aug 12

*sigh* Next we won’t be able to buy kebab skewers because kids can poke their eyes out.

johnboy 12:09 pm 29 Aug 12
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