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pth
    How many neodymium magnets can someone “safely” eat. 1 is obviously pretty safe, but I can’t imagine 2 would be that dangerous… Anyone covered under Obama care want to test it out?
    wez
      @pth I’m in the UK, we eat magnets for breakfast.
      jamesmartin
        @pth enough neodymium magnets have apparently been consumed to force one manufacturer out of business: http://www.wired.com/geekmom/2012/11/craig-zucker-buckyballs/
        jxpx777
          @pth I think you want to worry about how far apart you eat them. To far and they might be adjacent in the folds of the bowel and stick together…
          pth
            @jxpx777 right lots of experiments need to be conducted.
            wolfster
              @pth The issue with magnets is that they snap together in your small intestine, and the damage caused is approximate to a gunshot wound to the gut.
              wildpeaks
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                jnm
                  @wolfster @pth This. One magnet is no biggie. "This too shall pass." Two can be very bad.
                  pth
                    @wolfster sure, if you eat enough of them, but any proof that 2 can cause damage?
                    antijingoist
                      @mailman1175 @pth one magnet can be bad also. There are situations you can be in that can pull it out of your body forcefully. And iron fillings are a common method of "fortifying" food ...
                      wolfster
                        @pth Yeah. Only takes two. More just reduces the slim chance that they will remain sufficiently distant to pass clear of each other.
                        prometheus
                          @pth the trick of course is to swallow them all at once...and stay away from electrified cyclone fences until your magnets are eliminated. The harm is when a follower two turns back in the digestive tract makes a bee-line for the leader. Surgery or death?
                          linnefaulk
                            @pth Two is bad because they can pinch tissue in the bowels and cause obstruction. Have you tried putting two on your earlobe or your lip? They stick and hurt.
                            thomasbrand
                              @pth eating two magnets is one of the worst things you can eat.
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                              jordan
                                @pth Two sounds about right since then you run the risk of them pinching part of your intestine permanently.
                                shachart
                                  @pth if you have any metal in you (ski accident anyone?), even one is dangerous...
                                  masonfrazee
                                    @pth any more than one is potentially life threatening. They can be attracted in your GI tract and tear through.
                                    kimahlberg
                                      @pth I assume eating two that are already stuck together wouldn't be too dangerous. Eating magnets separately sounds potentially lethal though.
                                      warzabidul
                                        @pth I have a few magnets but I would want to clean the magnets first.
                                        connor_g
                                          @pth Yeah, there’s a reason Buckyballs have been banned from sale…
                                          pspeter3
                                            @connor_g I didn't know they were banned