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Buckyballs have been banned!

  1. Jul 26, 2012 #1

    jtbell

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    Monique

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    People are swallowing the magnets, thus the product is defective.. interesting take on it.
     
  4. Jul 26, 2012 #3

    Ryan_m_b

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    Not only that but the product is not marketed as a childrens toy. So it's more like "children are swallowing parts of a product that they shouldn't have and thus the product is defective".
     
  5. Jul 26, 2012 #4
    It's a great advertising gimmick the CPSC has come up with. I hadn't heard of these and just bought 2 sets.
     
  6. Jul 26, 2012 #5

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    This is even stupider than that cow who sued McDonald's because she couldn't figure out how to drink coffee.
     
  7. Jul 26, 2012 #6
    http://www.wired.com/geekmom/2012/07/buckyballs-banned/

    There are a number of competitors that were not mentioned in the OP. nanodots, neocube, zen magnets, and cybercube.



    Any chocking hazards, including; marshmallows, balloons and hot dogs are much more likely to be fatal.
     
  8. Jul 26, 2012 #7

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    Especially hotdogs. :yuck:
    At least the other two things that you named are edible.
     
  9. Jul 27, 2012 #8

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    Here in Norway, we just passed a resolution banning polar bears and old firs, due to the hazards they represent to 2-year olds.
     
  10. Jul 27, 2012 #9
    I miss natural selection...
     
  11. Jul 27, 2012 #10

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    And apparently it missed you. :tongue:

    Arildno, old bean... are you honestly telling us that Norweedish children don't have pet polar bears? That's tremendously disillusioning.
     
  12. Jul 27, 2012 #11

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    In that age, we let them play with greater and lesser weevers.
     
  13. Jul 27, 2012 #12

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    Surprising. I'd have thought that it's pretty difficult to take one for a walk.
     
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  14. Jul 27, 2012 #13

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    You know, I thought this was silly too, when I read it. But then I saw it on the news. It's not just a theoretical danger. A 4 year old child got a perforated intestine requiring emergency surgery to remove most of his small intestine because he's swallowed just 3 of these.

    In another case a 3 year old went to the hospital after ripping three holes in her lower intestine and one hole in her stomach.

    The problem is, unlike automobiles, polar bears and household cleaning supplies, these things are toys. How do you keep kids away from them?

    BTW, it's not just toddlers. Teenagers are having this happen too. They wear them like piercings and accidentally swallow them. That may be somewhat foolish, but I wouldn't normally qualify that as idiotic. It's not idiotic to swallow a nickel. Happens all the time. Doctors orders: wait a couple of days and maybe take a laxative.

    You're probably saying "well, stupid people will get themselves hurt, why do the rest of us have to suffer?" Thing is, these things are a type of danger that is outside our normal experience. Magnetism has never been a dangerous phenomenon in normal experience. It is not necessarily reasonable for the average person to think that an innocuous metal ball or two could kill them.
     
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  15. Jul 27, 2012 #14

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    They are also a hazard to pets: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-17688011
     
  16. Jul 27, 2012 #15

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    With all these bans in place, soon we won't be able to eat anything.
     
  18. Jul 27, 2012 #17

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    There's still you. :smile:
     
  19. Jul 27, 2012 #18

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    The politicians can't ban defective people, otherwise who else would vote for them? So they ban "defective" products instead.
     
  20. Jul 27, 2012 #19

    DaveC426913

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    I hear ya, but I still insist, a product is a legitimate danger to the public if:

    - it can send you to the hospital with life-threatening injuries
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    - it is otherwise a reasonably innocuous thing, not known by most people to have such a risk associated with it
    and yet
    - is a toy.
     
  21. Jul 28, 2012 #20
    If you swallow 2 bucky balls and they later pinch 2 intestines together that could be quite painful and require an operation to remove. Just saying.
     
  22. Jul 28, 2012 #21

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    That's the 2nd time that you've said that, Dave. Where did you miss the part about it being a desk toy? How many toddler's work in an office? Do you want to ban Newton's cradle as well? Or USB missile launchers? These things aren't made for kids and were never advertised as such.
    The kids involved in the lawsuit are the same ones who eat dirt and cram beans up their noses. That idiot who needed to have her guts rebuilt is 14 years old! Were you or I stupid enough to eat magnets at that age? If we had, we wouldn't be our age now.
     
  23. Jul 28, 2012 #22

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    Oh, stop fretting, it's not like they're going to outlaw batteries anytime soon.
     
  24. Jul 28, 2012 #23

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    I would buy some Buckyball cubes, but am concerned that they might not be as powerful as commercial grade magnets. Does anyone know what grade they are? I googled for at least two hours and couldn't find anything. I also tried Zen Magnets, their apparent arch nemesis. No luck.

    I mean, my god, this is an old scientists dream!

    https://www.getbuckyballs.com/images/cart/buckycubes/product-image.png?v=205

    Super magnets! I see flying cars, boats, bicycles, and skateboards when I think of such things. :tongue:

    ps. My sister facebook posted a recall on dog food because of a choking hazard about a month ago. I asked her if we should ban chickens, because cats and dogs can choke to death on chicken bones. She said; "yes..." :frown:
     
  25. Jul 28, 2012 #24

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    Look on the bright side—if she had received her rightful share of the family brains, instead of it all going to you, you might not be here with us today.
     
  26. Jul 28, 2012 #25

    OmCheeto

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    Actually, I'm quite certain she's the smartest of the bunch. I think she just loves her dog so much, that when she saw my smartasterisked remark to her public service announcement, it made her, just a bit one-uppitier with wise cracks.

    Not to mention that I should get on her good side, lest she be a troll here at the forum, as she's coming to visit in about a week, along with a hoard of other siblings and what-nots.
     
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