Darwin Award Candidate: DIY Coronavirus Magnet Device Goes Horribly Wrong

Astrophysicist Dr. Daniel Reardon

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

An Astrophysicist trying to find a means of helping us avoid touching our faces during the Coronavirus epidemic suffered an embarrassing mishap when his rare Earth magnets disappeared up his nose.

Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus device

Australian Dr Daniel Reardon ended up in hospital after inserting magnets in his nostrils while building a necklace that warns you when you touch your face

Reardon said he placed two magnets inside his nostrils, and two on the outside. When he removed the magnets from the outside of his nose, the two inside stuck together. Unfortunately, the researcher then attempted to use his remaining magnets to remove them.

“At this point, my partner who works at a hospital was laughing at me,” he said. “I was trying to pull them out but there is a ridge at the bottom of my nose you can’t get past.

“After struggling for 20 minutes, I decided to Google the problem and found an article about an 11-year-old boy who had the same problem. The solution in that was more magnets. To put on the outside to offset the pull from the ones inside.

“As I was pulling downwards to try and remove the magnets, they clipped on to each other and I lost my grip. And those two magnets ended up in my left nostril while the other one was in my right. At this point I ran out of magnets.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/30/astrophysicist-gets-magnets-stuck-up-nose-while-inventing-coronavirus-device

Thankfully Dr. Reardon’s nostril magnets were successfully removed. But his experience provides us all with a valuable lesson; if you are self isolating and bored, and have a handy set of small rare earth magnets, sticking them up your nose is probably a bad idea.

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mario lento
March 31, 2020 2:06 pm

LOL/ this is a Tuesday funny! We need illustrations Josh!!

Reply to  mario lento
March 31, 2020 7:11 pm

It is, April Fools Day

G P Hanner
Reply to  Gerard
April 1, 2020 9:56 am

This stunt was on the web a week or so before 1 April

Reply to  mario lento
March 31, 2020 11:34 pm

Thanks Eric – needed the laugh. It is April Fool’s in Australia, but the Guardian ran the story two days ago, so it is Darwin Award material.

PS – I haven’t seen a single April Fool’s joke yet. Too grim I guess.

Reply to  DaveW
April 1, 2020 2:20 am

And here we have a prime example of the “quality’ of some and most likely a lot of so-called scientists, churned out by academically sub standard Australian Universities….😂🤣🤪🤩

Reply to  Technetium99
April 1, 2020 3:21 am

Absolutely right there.

Reply to  DaveW
April 1, 2020 3:04 am

April fool’s day has been “cancelled” by all good woke outlets.

Instead we are celebrating All Fool’s Year. It started officially on 1st January.

PS. The joke is on you.

Italy , Spain, Belguim and Netherlands have all peaked
in daily new cases. MSM is reluctant to tell you this, much preferring to focus on the latest “milestone” round number is some arbitrary statistic they can find.

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Reply to  DaveW
April 1, 2020 9:00 am

No, not really. Darwin award requirements from https://darwinawards.com/rules/ include:

So how are the Darwin Awards actually determined?

Nominees significantly improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race in an obviously stupid way. They are self-selected examples of the dangers inherent in a lack of common sense, and all human races, cultures, and socioeconomic groups are eligible to compete. Actual winners must meet the following criteria:

  • Reproduction
    Out of the gene pool: dead or sterile.
  • Excellence
    Astounding misapplication of judgment.
  • Self-Selection
    Cause one’s own demise.
  • Maturity
    Capable of sound judgment.
  • Veracity
    The event must be true.

What I don’t get is how can someone get a PhD science degree without accumulating enough experience with rare earth magnets to think he had a good idea?

His partner handled this exactly right:

“My partner took me to the hospital that she works in because she wanted all her colleagues to laugh at me. The doctors thought it was quite funny, making comments like ‘This is an injury due to self-isolation and boredom.’”

Reply to  mario lento
April 1, 2020 7:01 am

Got it….no magnets up the nose….we learn more every day.

Reply to  mario lento
April 1, 2020 11:20 am

I have a whole box (1’x1′) full of old hard drive magnets and of all the crazy stuff I’ve done with them sticking them anywhere inside my body NEVER crossed my mind. ROTFLMAO

Gloves and safety goggles when handling these things is mandatory and for goodness sake DO NOT stick them inside your body anywhere.

March 31, 2020 2:15 pm

Sounds like ‘product’ Alex Jones might push … and he did run afoul of NY’s AG regards his toothpaste and some other Covid-19 fighting product …

Reply to  _Jim
March 31, 2020 10:00 pm

Jim, check out this innovative Aussie product to help fight the virus. It is very funny and you’ll love the ‘new look masks!


Reply to  Megs
April 1, 2020 11:27 am

Far Cough
Say it fast 3 or 4 times. LOL. Fark Off?

Reply to  TRM
April 1, 2020 2:43 pm

TRM The Aussie crows say it really slowly as they fly over…Faar Coughgh.

Edward Hanley
March 31, 2020 2:16 pm

Thanks for posting. You stopped me just in time.

Reply to  Edward Hanley
March 31, 2020 4:34 pm

Me too! I’ve been planning to stick magnets up my nose for some time. Whew!

Reply to  jorgekafkazar
March 31, 2020 6:02 pm

I’ve had ’em up there for a few days … now I know how to get them out.

Reply to  DonM
April 1, 2020 7:18 am

The best part of the story is that at the hospital they manage to let the last fall back down into his throat, where he could have breathed it in.

It seems that the A&E docs are no smarter than the PhDs down there.

Tom Roe
March 31, 2020 2:21 pm

Thank you Aussies. We need some levity right now. True coronavirus story. My girlfriends adult daughter was over this morning doing some online training. suddenly she announced that the Governor was banning alcohol sales as of 8pm tonight. I was asked to make a run to the local liquor store for wine and margarita supplies. I went. The store was not very busy. One car in the drive thru. Got a call saying it was a Facebook prank. Bought the necessary supplies any way. Cant be to careful these days. Hope all are well.

Reply to  Tom Roe
March 31, 2020 5:17 pm


Actually, Tom Roe, some states in Oz are now putting limits on the amount of boozed you can get at the ” bottle shop”, I guess that’s what they call that a liquor store.

“Major bottle shops have introduced buying limits, restricting shoppers to two slabs of beer or cider and 12 bottles of wine in one transaction as part of a national alcohol limit by Retail Drinks Australia.”

My God! We could have a good party with that unless they can only go to the bottle shop once a week.

Gums sends…

P.S. Meanwhile, Colorado is tryting to enforce a “stay at home” order from the Governor. But the marijuana a liquor stores are open for business, and regular bars and clubs are closed.

Reply to  Gums
March 31, 2020 5:32 pm

Gums we had a tradesman in the other day, he said that he knew of people who were looking to buy kegs of beer! Parties aren’t allowed, maybe they have a big family?

Reply to  Megs
April 1, 2020 6:00 am

he should just contact the local pub
theyre returning kegs to brewers as they can t sell on tap
theyd love to sell with some profit margin Id bet.

Reply to  Gums
March 31, 2020 5:52 pm

True Aussie vernacular is Bottle-o “Bottle Oh”

Gonna go down the bottleo and get some grog/tinnies/coldies/piss. See ya in a bit ay

Just FYI

Reply to  Voltron
March 31, 2020 7:10 pm

You are probably too young to remember the original Bottle-o. He was the guy with the ancient truck who drove round the neighbourhood shouting “Bottle Oh”. People took their empty beer and lemonade bottles out to him, he would give a little bit of money for them, and then take them back to the brewery for refilling. The brewery would give him more money than he paid you, but he saved you the trouble of returning them yourself.

He vanished a long time ago.

Reply to  RoHa
April 1, 2020 6:05 am

yeah last ones i remeber I was probaly about 7 yrs old so 1966 or so, the returnable deposit came in then in SA so you could drink the drink IN store and save 5c or bring it back later
weird how that state did that decades past but Vic is STILL only just getting act in gear for refunds on recyclable glas or pet etc
really save a hell of a lot of litter issues and provides an income for the homeless or unemployed

Reply to  Gums
March 31, 2020 6:35 pm

The Moron Nevada Governor has closed all of the liquor stores. All of the grocery stores sell liquor and smokes, so now people have to go to places with a LOT more people. Liquor stores generally carry smokes, mixers, snacks, vapes, etc. , and serve people one or two in the store at a time. The pot stores are open for business, you know that is Medicine!

Another example of his brilliance, schools are closed but daycares are OPEN for business! Rug rat germ magnets smushed together all day, what could go wrong?

Reply to  Drake
April 1, 2020 3:14 am

Not to mention BANNING doctors from using the one drug which may actually work.

Reply to  Tom Roe
April 2, 2020 6:14 am


Thanks to all for the super linguistic education.

Idioms are fascinating, and even in one country the same thing or activity has different expressions or meanings. My feeling is the U.S. has the most examples due to the various ethnic/national groups settling here and influencing specific geographical areas.

Gums sends…

March 31, 2020 2:26 pm

Normally this sort of thing happens to three-year-old children and not Astrophysicists

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
March 31, 2020 2:55 pm

And a five-year-old knows how to enhance the magentic force by adding magnets in a row. But an Astrophysicist has to ask a child what to do.

Reply to  JuergenK
March 31, 2020 5:40 pm

JuergenK, I thought that if you turned one of the magnets around, then don’t you get a repelling thing happening? Maybe he put the extra magnets together for more magnetic pull, but had them the wrong way around. Wouldn’t that push them further in?

Reply to  Megs
April 1, 2020 3:03 am

He would immediately have felt the push and stopped, methinks.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  JuergenK
April 1, 2020 10:17 am

That the doctor was considered a higher authority on magetism than a physicist is telling! The next astrophysicist to carry on the research will probably stick bigger magnets up his nose to make it easier to take out!

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
March 31, 2020 2:55 pm

I’ve known a couple physicists and a whole lot of 3-year-olds. It is sometimes difficult to tell the difference.

At least this story has a compass moral.

Reply to  -d
March 31, 2020 4:37 pm

Yes, Big Bang Theory is based on real life. I went to school with guys like that, guys who on any given day might stick, say, a mercury vapor lamp up their noses.

Reply to  -d
March 31, 2020 5:04 pm

Yes JuergenK.
He CLAIMS that adding more magnets got the first ones stuck.
I’m skeptical.
Methinks he totally underestimated the adhesive power of boogers.
3 year olds already know this.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  -d
April 1, 2020 6:04 am

He had no business trying to be an inventor without a full set of extra long needle nosed pliers on hand…and not the stainless steel ones neither.
They are no better than hemostats for that type of work.
They are only weakly attracted by magnetic fields.
You need to use fully ferromagnetic alloy tools for that type of procedure.

Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
April 1, 2020 7:15 am

Yet we let this kind of idiot tell us how planets and stars formed etc. Basically because it does not matter.

March 31, 2020 2:46 pm

Maybe he’ll develop a “magnetic personality”

March 31, 2020 7:49 pm

Or become bipolar?

Henning Nielsen
March 31, 2020 2:46 pm

Old stuff, a copy of Monty Python’s “Man with a tape recorder up his nose”.

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Henning Nielsen
March 31, 2020 2:56 pm

And now… IN STEREO!

March 31, 2020 3:00 pm


Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 3:03 pm

re: “TRUMP IS AN .. ”

One may presume that you have run out of meds?

Reply to  _Jim
March 31, 2020 3:22 pm

Pharmacies are still open. Eliza you can get your prescription refilled…

Gunga Din
Reply to  SMC
March 31, 2020 4:28 pm

Though I did read a story today that said because China has restricted (or refocused?) the production/export of non-Corona related drugs, Mexican drug cartels have been hit hard.
They can’t get the good stuff to make the bad stuff.
Maybe Eliza is just in some stage of withdrawal?
(Or her Cap-Lock key is stuck.)

Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 3:10 pm

MAYBE all the pols have succumbed to ‘bad modelling’ put out by … activists, Eliza?

Inaccurate Virus Models Are Panicking Officials Into Ill-Advised Lockdowns
How a handful of Democratic activists created alarming, but bogus data sets to scare
local and state officials into making rash, economy-killing mandates.


Pictured at the article are the two individuals who make the ‘calls’ as to lockdowns in Dallas County, Texas; first, the county health officer, and the 2nd guy, Clay Jenkins, head county commissioner commonly referred to as “judge” Jenkins …

Javert Chip
Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 3:22 pm

Always interesting to see how our would-be rulers think.

Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 3:34 pm


I think state governors might be the idiots. And idiots probably pressured Trump to enable them.

Let’s distribute blame properly, instead of trying to force it onto one person here.

Don’t let the coronavirus scare infect your intelligence.

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
March 31, 2020 4:38 pm

Too late, I’d say, presuming she had any previously.

mario lento
Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 3:47 pm

Eliza: Your rants are further diluted by ad hominem emotional and non helpful posts such as this one. Please try to have a modicum of respect here on this site for the sake of people engaged in intelligent discourse.

Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 3:58 pm

CDC and public health authorities are going to do everything they can to inflate the numbers. At least Italy is honest by not counting deaths from existing conditions as coronavirus deaths.


Michael Jankowski
Reply to  icisil
March 31, 2020 4:20 pm

If someone catches COVID-19, ends-up with pneumonia in their lungs, and dies…in your world, if they are hypertensive, they didn’t die from COVID-19 but instead from high blood pressure? Asinine.

The irony in your comment is that I have seen people argue that Italy’s mortality rate due to COVID-19 is so high because they ARE counting deaths from other causes as coronavirus.

This is an Alex Jones level of stupid.

Reply to  Michael Jankowski
March 31, 2020 4:52 pm

If a hypertensive person dies because his ACE inhibitors caused a severe infection, that otherwise wouldn’t have happened, then the death is iatrogenic.

If a patient has compromised immunity or is already at death’s door. the virus is just a co-factor, not the main cause of death.

Reply to  icisil
March 31, 2020 11:07 pm

an ending sentece …

“That is a Jankowski level of stupidity.”

Reply to  Michael Jankowski
March 31, 2020 4:56 pm

“The irony in your comment is that I have seen people argue that Italy’s mortality rate due to COVID-19 is so high because they ARE counting deaths from other causes as coronavirus.”

Italy’s National Institute of Health determined that 88% of deaths coded as coronavirus deaths by doctors were not actually caused by the virus. That’s what I mean by honesty.

mario lento
Reply to  icisil
March 31, 2020 5:50 pm

I aggregated the continents to compare US and Europe as both dominate their continents counting of cases. Seems that US is doing better than Europe, if you believe the counting, which I don’t. What I mean is we are intentionally not counting healthy people who have contracted the disease, at least not yet. So, given the skewed counting… here’s the numbers as of late this morning PST!

Country Cases Deaths Mortality
Africa 6,061 198 3.27%
Asia 179,142 7,140 3.99%
Australia/Oceania 5,266 20 0.38%
Europe 448,431 29,963 6.68%<–Europe (E.U.)
North America 193,914 3,812 1.97%<–North America (US)
South America 13,435 349 2.60%
Totals 846,249 41,482 4.90% <—ave mortality

Reply to  icisil
March 31, 2020 4:45 pm

Only 3% of NYC people who died with coronavirus died from coronavirus.

Reply to  icisil
March 31, 2020 5:17 pm

Close to 0% of gunshot victims die from lead poisoning … the bullet was framed I tell you.

Reply to  LdB
March 31, 2020 5:39 pm

A person in bad health might not succumb to the wound, but to complications resulting from the trauma due to his bad health. None of these types of details are being clarified by simply coding all deaths as coronavirus.

A guy with a heart condition walking down the road hears a car backfire, has a heart attack and dies. A heart attack k!lled the guy, not sound waves. Those just helped push him over the edge. Postmortem he tests positive for coronavirus so his death is coded as coronavirus.

Reply to  LdB
March 31, 2020 8:36 pm

The fact you feel the need to argue with a joke sort of tells us everything about you 🙂

Given your obsession it begs the question if a vaccination is available are you going to take it?

Reply to  LdB
April 1, 2020 4:07 am

Sorry, humor and dealing with “Jankowski level of stupidity” come from different parts of my mind. I was on auto didn’t bother to stop and access.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 4:18 pm

Thank you for your valuable insight on the situation. BTW, your is on. Please pay attention to what you type. Someone may actually read it.

Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 4:30 pm

Trump is doing what the crowds ask.

Trump is a vaccine skeptic but promises vaccines soon, because crowds want vaccine.

That’s democratic.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  niceguy
April 1, 2020 4:29 am

Being skeptical is rational.
Ignoring reality is not.
Pop quiz: Has Donald Trump had all of his children vaccinated?

Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
April 1, 2020 2:36 pm

Is that an ON or OFF thing? You either have your children “vaccinated” or “un-vaccinated”?

You can’t do some useful vaccines and not others?

A vaccine has to be useful for anyone anywhere, or useless for anyone anywhere?

mario lento
Reply to  niceguy
April 1, 2020 2:51 pm

LOL: Can one be un-vaccinated?

I think we agree that here in the USA, we get last year’s vaccine and often miss the flu going around this year since it takes a long time to develop the vaccine. So if you already got the flu going around, you don’t need one, and there are downsides. The flu shot will give you something weakened, which needs to be fought off… which is less than fighting off the full blown flu. So it’s not a binary thing.

Me I don’t take the flu shots, because I don’t like purposely getting a little sick or weakened just in case I get really sick. And I plan not to ever get really sick and usually don’t. Maybe on average now every 2 years… whereas when I took the flu shot years ago and was less healthy, I still got sick twice per year.

When the Covid 19 shots come out, I will not take one. Already been there with the real thing… and it wasn’t all that bad for me, relatively speaking

Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 4:53 pm

The Caps Lock key stuck?

Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 4:54 pm

Never argue with all caps rants — it is either generated by software (bot) or by insanity.

Sadly, not the only instance where the difference between those two is small, and either can lead to the other.

Reply to  d
March 31, 2020 7:11 pm

Wasn’t ELIZA one of the very first computer personalities? I remember programming her on my TRS-80……

Alan in Kansas
Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 6:11 pm

Unfortunately, Eliza, there is currently no cure for TDS. And a vaccine is at least 8 months away!

Don Perry
Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 6:28 pm

He never had your support in the first place. Your comment is that of a typical victim of Trump Derangement Syndrome which, at times, is more destructive to our republic than any virus.

Reed Coray
Reply to  Eliza
March 31, 2020 8:18 pm

Eliza: “YOU DO NOT HAVE MY SUPPORT ANYMORE” Is that a threat or a promise?

John Endicott
Reply to  Eliza
April 1, 2020 3:37 am


judging from your all-caps TDS rantings. I’d say it’s a safe bet he never had it to begin with, so no loss there. One can’t lose what one never had.

Reply to  Eliza
April 1, 2020 8:03 am

Last time I checked, it was the governors who are ordering the quarantines, and many of them are complaining that Trump isn’t doing enough.

Regardless, a whole post in upper case. Sheesh.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Eliza
April 2, 2020 11:05 pm

A late reply.
Governors and mayors have closed things down.
One can know this from the timing and differences in the lockdowns.
Or one can read about who has authority where.
Just saying.

John Garrett
March 31, 2020 3:00 pm

I smell a rat. It’s 1 April in Oz.

Javert Chip
Reply to  John Garrett
March 31, 2020 3:24 pm


Accurate point; however, I suspect it’s always 1 April in “ELIZA”.

Craig from Oz
March 31, 2020 3:04 pm

“The solution was more magnet”

Oh Grud, he unironically attempted the Summon Bigger Fish method?

I somehow suspect that the reason this man got into Astrophysics was that he lacked enough basic common sense to get into engineering.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
March 31, 2020 4:31 pm

Still at least several notches above climate science.

Reply to  Scissor
April 1, 2020 8:11 am

At least in astrophysics, nobody dies if you are wrong.

Rhoda R
Reply to  Craig from Oz
March 31, 2020 4:39 pm

This man is going to look back on his life and career at some point in the future and realize his one claim to fame was getting magnets stuck up hi nose.

Mike From Au
Reply to  Rhoda R
March 31, 2020 7:51 pm

I am working on a HV (high voltage) electrostatic air cleaner that can be implanted into the nose. The mistake the researcher made was in using magnetic forces instead of electrostatic forces. My approach using electrostatic forces solves this.

March 31, 2020 3:05 pm


Snopes: does putting strong magnets in the nose really cure Chinavirus Covid-19?

Tom in Florida
March 31, 2020 3:11 pm

Gives a more scientific sound to “up your nose with a rubber hose”.

Alan Webb
March 31, 2020 3:13 pm

Well, what else did ya expect. Covid-19 rampaging around the world and what does Australia give us? An astrophysicist who sticks magnets up his nose and Mt. Dew flavored Doritos.

Reply to  Alan Webb
March 31, 2020 4:53 pm

Alan did you know that they put out a limited edition Lamington flavoured crisp in Australia just before Australia Day?

For non Aussies, a Lamington is an iconic Australian cake. It’s a plain jam sandwich sponge cake covered with chocolate coating and dipped in desiccated coconut. Traditionally cut into small squares before the the coatings are added.

Surely the best thing about these types of snacks is their salty goodness?

Craig from Oz
Reply to  Megs
April 1, 2020 6:50 am

I saw a whole shelf full at my local supermarket.

Two weeks later I could still see a whole self full.

I have zero regrets for never trying them.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
April 1, 2020 2:13 pm

Ditto Craig, it’s just not right.

John Bell
March 31, 2020 3:26 pm

Or you could just listen to the band Rare Earth.

Ron Long
March 31, 2020 3:34 pm

Wow! If you have not played with rare earth, like germanium, magnets you have no idea how strong these things are. The whole idea was nuts, but I am wondering if the astrophysicist was careful to try to attract the stuck magnet with the reverse pole or whether he just stuck another one up his nose?

Reply to  Ron Long
March 31, 2020 4:24 pm

I’ve got some a little bigger than a US nickel that I can’t pull apart; I have to slide them apart. I’ve gotten a blood blister more than once when holding them too close.

Reply to  icisil
March 31, 2020 6:08 pm

… more than once?

and do you think there will be more times in the future?:)

Reply to  DonM
April 1, 2020 4:11 am

Probably. These things are vicious when they get near each other, and it’s not a gradual thing like normal magnets. Wham!

Reply to  DonM
April 1, 2020 5:16 am

I see what you did there Don.


Reply to  icisil
March 31, 2020 6:12 pm

… my guess is that the astrophysicist

1) learned from his experiment and won’t stick magnets in ANY orifice


2) if he doesn’t learn from it, he won’t tell any one about the 2nd time.

March 31, 2020 3:41 pm

Home of Bananas in Pyjamas.

Enjoy the quiz!


Michael S. Kelly
March 31, 2020 3:51 pm

What a hoot! I was just on the K&J Magnetics site looking at NIB magnets, and what the story describes is plausible. But my wife immediately thought it was a joke, and given the fact that it’s 1 April down under, I can’t disagree. Whatever the reality status, it is still a good laugh!

Walter Sobchak
March 31, 2020 3:52 pm

Really, really stupid, but not a Darwin Award Winner. He did not eliminate himself from the gene pool.

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
March 31, 2020 4:43 pm

We don’t know that. He didn’t say he put magnets somewhere else, but he wouldn’t mention that, would he?

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
March 31, 2020 6:08 pm

If he has children, he is not eligible for a Darwin Award, either.

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
March 31, 2020 6:15 pm

didn’t eliminate hisself from the pool,

but mebbe likely limited his participation options by letting the news of his nostril magnets out into the public domain.

John Endicott
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
April 1, 2020 3:41 am

Indeed, not (yet) a winner, but certainly a potential future candidate. The only question is whether or not he manages to procreates before eventually doing something dumb enough to merit the award.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
April 1, 2020 4:34 am

This sorts of magnets have caused death when swallowed, by bowel perforation and subsequent septicemia.
If they get stuck to each other from adjacent loops of bowel, they are strong enough for normal peristaltic motion to cause them to tear right through the intervening tissue.

March 31, 2020 4:06 pm


Too funny this early, WUWT!

Not Chicken Little
March 31, 2020 4:16 pm

So one may infer that Dr. Daniel Reardon and the unnamed 11-year-old boy who had the same problem, may also have similar IQs…I guess you shouldn’t expect an “astrophysicist” to know much about magnetism, but only gravity instead. With both nostrils plugged by magnets, he was then a real mouth-breather. Did he consult with the 11-year-old to see how he had solved the problem?

Whatever this guy invents, I’d give it a wide berth…

March 31, 2020 4:43 pm

“…At this point I ran out of magnets.”

Now a real Physicist would have coiled a large amount of wire around his head so as to construct an electromagnet capable of ejecting the magnets out of his nostrils at high velocity, like a rail gun.

Of course this guy would have botched it up and shot himself in the brain with his little magnets. Don’t try this at home children, or at University.

Reply to  michael hart
April 2, 2020 8:20 pm

🙂 🙂

March 31, 2020 4:43 pm

What was even more funny than this “brain surgeon” astrophysicist’s antics was the two ads at the bottom of the article for–you guessed it–magnets! “Order online…” they said. I guess so that one can experience and confirm the data of this experiment and join the ranks of Darwinism!

March 31, 2020 4:51 pm

An Astrophysicist? A PhD? PhD = Piled Higher and Deeper. I thing he deserves to get it taken away

March 31, 2020 4:55 pm

We should all have sympathy for the plight of this lonely inventor, striving away in his workshop for the betterment of mankind. We may laugh at him, but I’d take a wild gauss that he really nose his magnetic physics.

Reply to  jorgekafkazar
March 31, 2020 6:11 pm


Puns, do we have to? Really??

Reply to  SMC
April 2, 2020 12:07 am

I have considerable reluctance to eschew puns.

Jim G
March 31, 2020 5:01 pm

Maybe he should step in to an MRI?

That should yank them out!

March 31, 2020 5:04 pm

Oven mitts. Washable, reusable. Cover your hands. Protect your mouth, nose, and eyes.

That said, bad medical staff and personal hygiene, globalism, spreaders of social contagion, and a government and population distracted by more than 13 trimesters of witch hunts and warlock trials have left Americans at risk. The causes will vary in your neck of the woods.

March 31, 2020 5:08 pm

In a way I admire the guy. It’s the kind spectacular effort that led to a spectacular failure. We need people like that to break barriers and innovate. Maybe next time.

Reply to  Dave
April 2, 2020 8:13 pm


March 31, 2020 5:10 pm

The spirit of endeavour and adventure.

Where would we be without people like this?

They make the mistakes we all wouldn’t make, just to prove we are all sane.

Good luck to the guy.

March 31, 2020 5:31 pm

Somehow I get the impression that there will be more people bored at home trying to stick things in orifices where a sensible person ought not to.

Brings to mind coming stateside after years away seeing young men with round plugs inserted into holes in their earlobes’ fleshy part. When I worked in East Africa (early 1970s) I saw plenty of elderly tribal men with post-plugged earlobes so stretched out they’d hang the ear lobe up by draping the hole over the top of the ear for convenience.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  gringojay
April 1, 2020 5:49 am

“‘What’s it mean? What’s it leading to? You know, if you’d have told me twenty years ago, that I’d see children walking the streets of our Texas towns with green hair, and bones in their noses…I just flat out wouldn’t have believed ya!
‘Signs and wonders…But I think once you stop hearin’ Sir and Ma’am, the rest is soon to foller.”
‘Well…It’s the tide, the dismal tide…it’s not the one thing.’
“Not the one thing…'”

March 31, 2020 6:00 pm

A highly educated idiot.

Berndt Koch
March 31, 2020 6:34 pm

He should have borrowed this guys magnets…


Reply to  Berndt Koch
March 31, 2020 10:10 pm

Soon to move over to the Climate Science field, he will fit right in.

March 31, 2020 6:53 pm

Sounds like he was able to laugh at himself, an important fact missing from Mann et al! And as an Aussie myself, he is a lot less embarrassing to Australians than the idiots whingeing about the standard of the 5 star hotels rooms they are confined to for isolation because they left for a cruise in mid-March when everything was starting to close down.

Mr Reynard
March 31, 2020 7:16 pm

&… To think, that I was in an argument with a Sheila, who was confusing Intelligence & Education ??

March 31, 2020 9:44 pm

Perhaps too much iron in his diet ?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  fred250
April 1, 2020 1:58 am

As a “sufferer” of haemochromatosis, let’s not go there. I am blessed with the lesser aggressive gene combination.

April 1, 2020 1:45 am

Here’s an astrophysicist who seems not to have heard of convection. Perhaps these guys aren’t as bright as they say they are.


Reply to  Graemethecat
April 1, 2020 6:10 am

Rather odd that, since heat transport in stars is almost exclusively by convection. He somehow must have failed to appreciate that it works in cold gases as well.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  tty
April 1, 2020 7:57 am

Depends on the mass of the star, and the stage of it’s life cycle it is in.
For stars on the Main Sequence of the H-R Diagram, IOW stars burning hydrogen in their core,
it breaks down like this: Small mass stars are entirely convective.
Medium mass stars (like the Sun, and others between ~0.5 and 1.5 solar masses) have an inner radiative and outer convective structure, and for high mass stars, a small inner convective and large outer radiative zone. Progressively large stars over 1.5 solar masses have increasingly large inner convective zones, but they maintain a large outer radiative zone. Proportionally, larger stars have more and more of their diameter dominated by radiative energy transfer.
At least…according to current prevailing astrophysics.
(except really stupid stars, which have a pinhead-sized inner magnetic nasal zone)



Patrick MJD
April 1, 2020 2:02 am

Yeah. Had to be an Australian “academic” dicktard. May as well go to Coles or Wollworths (Supermarkets) to get Aussie PHD’s off of the back of a Weetbix box (Breakfast cereal) these days!

Ed Zuiderwijk
April 1, 2020 2:36 am

That’ll teach him.

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
April 2, 2020 12:42 am

Personally, I hope to see him become famous enough to make a guest appearance on Big Bang Theory.

Nicholas McGinley
April 1, 2020 5:54 am

With an additional large neodynium magnet held at the posterior base of the skull, he could have become famous for innovating a new minimally invasive form of lobotomy brain surgery.
He missed his calling.

April 1, 2020 6:04 am

Also don’t swallow this type of magnet. A single one is pretty harmless, and so are two that are already stuck together, but two or more swallowed separately may later stick together in a bad place inside you and kill you. They are easily strong enough to pinch a hole in your intestines.

And don’t do as a security guard in a swedish hospital recently, who went too close to a MRT with a set of handcuffs at his belt. He got smashed into the equipment and they had to dump the Helium to get him loose. Veeery expensive….

Dudley Horscroft
April 2, 2020 3:10 am

But a candidate for the Darwin Awards was the gentleman who, together with his wife, heard that hydroxychloroquine was a remedy that had good results in ameliorating the effects of Corona Virus. Finding that some of his fish tank cleaner contained this substance, he tried eating or drinking it. His wife survived, he didn’t!

Believe he may have been a Yank. Definitely not Australian!

April 2, 2020 6:15 am

Knew PHD scientist that validated invisible doggie fence by trying the collar on himself. It worked, big time.
Never confuse education with intelligence or common sense.

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