Astrophysicist gets Magnets Stuck on Nose while Developing Coronavirus Device

Yes, you heard me!

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If your lab class didn’t have these attached to the ceiling, did you even do physics?

Daniel Reardon is an Australian research fellow who ended up in hospital in March (I know, very late, but you need to hear this!) after trying to make a device that stops you touching your face as often.

Unfortunately, whilst the poor chap was mindlessly placing magnets around his face, he placed them by his nostrils. The catch: these were strong Neodymium magnets. Anybody who has worked in a school lab will know the power of Neodymium!

So what did Daniel do to get rid of the magnets?

He used more magnets of course!

“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.

“Then, after using my last two magnets in a futile attempt to remove the magnets, and getting those stuck too, I knew I was in trouble.”

This is what Neodymium magnets are used for. Oh look, pliers!

Naturally, that didn’t work, so he turned to metal pliers. Naturally, many metal tools are temporary magnets, which means they become magnetic in the presence of a permanent magnet. Like the Neodymium ones.

That ended greatly!

“The pliers kept getting attracted to my nose, and the force of my nose being pulled was also painful.”

It all was resolved in the end, but you need to read his commentary!

Dr Reardon finally made a visit to the hospital to remove all the magnets and tools from his face.

“When they got the three out from the left nostril, the last one fell down my throat,” he said. “That could have been a bit of a problem if I swallowed or breathed it in, but I was thankfully able to lean forward and cough it out …”

“My partner took me to the hospital that she works in because she wanted all her colleagues to laugh at me.”

And his brilliant medical record of the issue

Hospital record: Daniel Reardon’s discharge report after presenting at hospital with magnets stuck up his nose.
2hrs ago had 2x Neodymium magnets up bilateral nostrils. Stuck to each other via septum. Attempted removal. Tried using 2 other magnets. Ended up with 3 magnets up left nostril, 1 on right.

I lost it at “Denies further magnets!” This cheered me up so much, thanks Dr Reardon!

I’m just glad he nose not to put magnets on his face now.

Daniel Reardon in hospital
Image Credit: Reardon himself.

Find the original article here.


  1. I feel like most scientists radiate this chaotic energy to some degree, whether it be magnets on magnets or breaking equipment by playing with it!

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    • I agree with you! One of my physics professors caused an alarm at CERN once because he and a friend were making particle detectors with their phones and tinfoil. They left the phones near the accelerator. Oh well we live and learn!

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