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Scientific Object of Mystery [20090421|12:00]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Do you know what this is?


Poll #1387253 Scientific Object of Mystery

Do you know what is in this picture?

No, my dear Mad Scientess, I do not. It doesn't look like something you should be waving around at work, either.
18(75.0%)
Yes, I do, and I will reveal my answer in the text box.
6(25.0%)

Well?




It's a cow magnet. These are fed to calves and sit in their stomachs collecting the metal objects that cows ingest when they graze. Cows have a habit of eating whatever they happen to pick up, which includes nails and barbed wire. Obviously these items are not good for their intestinal tracts. The magnet remains in the cow's stomach for its lifetime.

The practical upshot for people who work in space-based instrumentation is that they cannot build magnetic cleanliness testing facilities in fields containing cows. Sheep, on the other hand, are fine.
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[User Picture]From: foreverdirt
2009-04-21 11:25 (UTC)
Wow. SCIENCE!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-22 15:41 (UTC)
It's wonderfully bizarre!
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[User Picture]From: cataragon
2009-04-21 12:00 (UTC)
Weird!

They don't do that here, at all. But then, maybe our pastures are less filled with little metal objects for cows to eat.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-22 15:41 (UTC)
Our head of group obtained this one from a manufacturing company in the States, so maybe they're mostly used there and in the UK.
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2009-04-21 13:40 (UTC)
Wow. I was so wrong.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-22 15:46 (UTC)
Well, it's not an object that wears its purpose on its sleeve, I must say.
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2009-04-21 14:36 (UTC)
Can it be used to ward off marauding hedgehogs?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-22 15:42 (UTC)
If hurled accurately, yes.
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2009-04-23 20:07 (UTC)

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

ROTFLMAO
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[User Picture]From: prolificdiarist
2009-04-21 15:07 (UTC)
How interesting!

I want one now; dunno why...

Kx
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-22 15:43 (UTC)
Apparently, our head of group had to sweet-talk the manufacturing firm in the States to mail him two, and it cost around £40 just for the shipping!
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2009-04-21 15:31 (UTC)
I was hoping you were going to say sonic screwdriver.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-22 15:44 (UTC)
I wish! That would make an even better demonstration for the youth.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2009-04-21 19:55 (UTC)
Wow, never ran across that one in 4H. I do recall scouring our property frequently to make sure there were no nuts and bolts for my wee ducks and chickens to pick up though--they actually GO for the shiny things, the ninnies.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-22 15:46 (UTC)

Ohhh, so punny.

Maybe someone should design a chick magnet.
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2009-04-23 00:50 (UTC)

Re: Ohhh, so punny.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-24 13:26 (UTC)
I keep pressing it. Shiny red candy-like button!
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[User Picture]From: swerve
2009-04-22 03:34 (UTC)
Can I laugh out loud while still appreciating the ingenuity at work here? And why are there so many edible metal pieces in British pastures?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-22 15:48 (UTC)
Yes, and I don't know, but apparently pastures in the States are also bristling with scrap iron, because the manufacturing firm that makes these is located there!
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[User Picture]From: alice_mccoy
2009-04-23 20:07 (UTC)

Is that why cows dont have ipods?

Meanwhile do these magnetics explain this......

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7575459.stm

*snigger*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-23 21:47 (UTC)
No, but it does mean that even though your compass won't work if you're standing next to a cow, you can use the cow itself as a direction-finder instead.
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[User Picture]From: enterlinemedia
2009-04-24 00:31 (UTC)
I just had to put a weird answer in there.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2009-04-24 13:26 (UTC)
I understand. It's a perfectly natural response to something that shape and size!
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