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July 26, 2012 - 1:07 pm

I just got of the phone after a brief conversation with the media contact for the company which markets Buckyballs, the nifty magnetic toy for adults, which the Consumer Products Safety Commission has banned because a small number of children ate the things and had to have surgery. (For the record, Buckyballs are marketed to adults, and eating magnets is contraindicated since it can lead to things like a perforated bowel, constipation and, oh, death.)

I’ll be having a longer conversation with Andrew Frank tomorrow, but he left me with this rather pungent quote: “You can buy 6,000 rounds of ammunition online but pretty soon you won’t be able to buy Buckyballs.”

Now I have no problem with someone buying 100,000 rounds of ammunition if they have the money, but it’s a valid point.

More later.

Patrick Richardson has been a journalist for almost 15 years and an inveterate geek all his life. He blogs regularly at www.otherwheregazette.com, which aims to be like another SF magazine, just not so serious.
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