CPSC attempting to ban Buckyballs.

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by GoCubsGo, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    This is weird and all over the news. I'm sure there are worse problems but frankly, I don't get why this even has to happen. They're a toy targeted at adults and I can see why the owner of Buckyballs is upset.

    Source & Full Article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/busin...for-children/2012/07/25/gJQA1lDg9W_story.html
    Additional Story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/natio...owed/2012/01/25/gIQA3EwgVQ_story.html?hpid=z3

    This just in, magnets pose a problem if swallowed. :rolleyes:
  2. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I ordered 2 sets of Buckyballs last night. I always wanted some and figured I better get them while I can.

    Just absolutely stupid. Looking around my desk here at work, there's all sorts of stuff I can swallow. Shall they ban these thumbtacks I have? I bet those would hurt more than buckyballs if swallowed.
  3. Antares macrumors 68000


    Ridiculous. I saw this, too, on the news. The packaging says it is for people age 13 and older. It is not a toy created for young children. If a parent gives something intended for adults/teenagers to a child, it’s their fault, not the product manufacturer. Let’s just go ahead and ban pretty much everything…because, you know, children may get ahold of something not intended for them and harm themselves.
  4. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2009
    Absolutely ridiculous. It's sad that someone's invention/business that they built and put thousands of hours into can be shattered by a single person('s parents) who make a stupid mistake that's entirely their fault.

    I almost choked on a ball bearing when I was about that age and it never crossed my or my parent's minds to much such a public spectacle of it. It was solely my fault because I put it in my mouth.
  5. adildacoolset macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2011
    Lusaka, Zambia(If you know where it is)
    Since they don't sell those where I came from, I thought that they wanted to ban the use of fullerene!!
  6. doelcm82 macrumors 68040


    Feb 11, 2012
    Florida, USA
    Think of the poor guy who invented Lawn Darts!
  7. senseless macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    While we're at it:

    "Zinc, a major component of post-1982 US cents, is toxic in large quantities. Swallowing such a coin, which is 97.5% zinc, can cause damage to the stomach lining because of the high solubility of the zinc ion in the acidic stomach.[31] Coins are the most commonly ingested foreign body in children but generally are allowed to pass spontaneously unless the patient is symptomatic.[32] Zinc toxicity, mostly in the form of the ingestion of US pennies minted after 1982, is commonly fatal in dogs where it causes a severe hemolytic anemia.[33] It is also highly toxic in pet parrots and can often be fatal.[34]"

  8. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    I don't get it. If you swallow two buckyballs (or other powerful mini magnets) at the same time, then they'll just attach to each other and pass through you.
    Why all the drama to get them out? The article says that they may trap intestinal wall between them, causing major internal bleeding. I understand this might happen if several magnets were swallowed, several minutes apart, but if they were already joined when swallowed, then they aren't going to magically separate, travel off in different directions, find a loop of intestine, then rejoin across the internal intestine wall.
  9. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    Yeah, no kidding! Buckminsterfullerenes (C-60 being the most common form) are a rare allotrope of the Carbon molecule, are actually not good for life as we know it, and are under study for the development of nanotubes and carbon fiber materials research.

    They call 'em Buck Balls for short.

    Can you ban molecular structures? Look out Neodymium-Hexaflouride! You're next!
  10. brentmore macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2002
    Did the same thing this weekend with a 45% off coupon! Been wanting them for years.
  11. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Yes, romantic evenings are a major cause of buckyball poisoning. You breathe in a good dose of buckyballs from the candle fumes. So next time your significant other suggests a candlelit dinner or a candlelit bath, turn them in for attempted poisoning. And check they haven't updated your will behind your back.
  12. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  13. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    well after the crap Buckyball pulled and threatening Zen maginets I could care less what happens to them.

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