My teacher had a long metal pole (I believe it was aluminum) and said that it was NOT magnetized. He put a magnet up to the side of the pole and it did not stick, and he dropped a marker through the top of the pole and the marker came out the bottom at a normal rate. However, when he took a magnet and dropped it through the top of the pole, it took a long time for it to come out, maybe 10 seconds. Then it just slipped out the bottom. Some one please explain this phenomenon, thanks!!