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Well, that’s just swell. Using his awesome Google-fu, my nephew has discovered my blog. That means I can’t say bad words any more. Like shit. Or nipple. Or pillock. It’s a fambly friendly weasel from now on.

So, we took the gang out to our favorite chish and fips shop on Tuesday. I was twiddling the silverware waiting for our order (as you do) and I discovered my knife and fork were moderately magnetized. We went around the table, and all of our silverware was magnetized. Can any Professor Smartypants out there tell me why? Something to do with industrial dishwashers, perhaps?

It was fucking fascinating, is all I can say.

Have a good weekend, everyone!


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 4, 2009, 5:47 pm

It was really amazing. Can’t think why Geller’s fish bar would have had cutlery like that…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 4, 2009, 5:55 pm

I can hang a spoon off the end of my nose. Given a warm spoon and some encouragement.


Comment from francis
Time: September 4, 2009, 6:48 pm

I saw that magnetizing thing happen one time on an episode of “Ghost Hunters”. The silverware had a nasty habit of rearranging itself on the table, and the proprietors thought maybe it was a spook with a thing for placesettings. Turns out, I don’t know the science of it, but all the banging around that happens with restaurant steel knocks the magnetizing whatsits into line and they can actually get a pretty powerful attraction. The GH crew was carrying around chains of silverware dangling off each other.

Comment from The nephew
Time: September 4, 2009, 6:56 pm

I feel real special i made the weasel news 😛 It was only yours & uncle badgers that worked mine was crap, funny that.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 4, 2009, 6:57 pm

SWeasel, so glad to see that you have cleaned up your mouth so your nephew will be able to visit without blushes. . .

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 4, 2009, 7:38 pm

Well, I can’t imagine he’ll want to listen to too much old-farts-discussing-foreign-politics, Can’t hark.

Also, did I mention he’s, like, twenty?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: September 4, 2009, 7:56 pm

Shouldn’t that have been, ‘he’s, like, twenty, d00d’?

Comment from EZnSF
Time: September 4, 2009, 8:04 pm

Magnetized silverware, orange cucumbers, tomatoes with handles, birds that sing like R2D2….

My bet’s parallel universe.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 4, 2009, 8:08 pm

Geller’s Fish Bar? Only magnetized? You’re lucky that all the spoons didn’t bend in half or fly off the table!


Comment from Rustbucket
Time: September 4, 2009, 8:17 pm

Icansez bad werds 4u, no?

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: September 4, 2009, 10:40 pm

Being an even older (slightly) fart than you at least, I may lack the appropriate perspective–but I suspect discussions between you and Uncle Badger, regardless of subject matter, are probably reasonably entertaining even for a 20 year old. . .I mean, EZnSF’s post kinda says it all.

Comment from MCPO Airdale
Time: September 4, 2009, 10:47 pm

Nephews should never repeat the ramblings of their crazy American aunts. It’s in the EU charter, I believe.

Comment from Muslihoon
Time: September 5, 2009, 10:03 am

I, for one, welcome our Weasel Fambly overlord. If he has even half the wit of Uncle B, he should be quite enjoyable!

Welcome, The Nephew!

(Yes, Your Ladyship, I still read you. I just don’t comment. Except for this one.)

Comment from jw
Time: September 5, 2009, 11:33 am

It was suggested to me, that marginal magnitization could come from the dishwashing process, if it is a motorized process, however, being that it IS the UK, it was also suggested that they are magnetized for the purpose of not allowing “dangerous weapons” out of the restaurant. Perhaps having a detector located at the door to alert if they are stolen?

Seeings how a tweezer and a ball point pen are considered dangerous weapons, for traveling purposes on airlines here in the U.S., is it not conceivable, that flatwear, would be considered an “uber-dangerous” weapon in the UK?

Comment from James
Time: September 5, 2009, 11:48 am

The flatware at the CERN cafeteria is magnetized too. I’d ask why, but my French isn’t very good. They use a dishwasher–the freshly loaded knives and forks are almost too hot to touch.

Comment from Dawn
Time: September 5, 2009, 12:50 pm

Nephew snephew.
His google fu is no match for my bing fu!

The flatware is chromium steel and it is magnetized either for the dishwashing system or for this reason…
The Lodestone Industries “Magnetic Cutlery Catcher” can save most restaurants, hotels, cafes and clubs hundreds of dollars annually, by minimizing the loss of expensive cutlery that is inadvertently thrown out when mixed in with food scraps.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 5, 2009, 1:01 pm

Musli! We were just wondering about you the other day. I’ve gotten so bad about walking down my blogroll, now that I’m busy playing farmer’s wife. I’ve lost touch with ever’body’s ever’thang.

Comment from Roman Wolf
Time: September 5, 2009, 11:31 pm

You? Family friendly? I’ll believe it when I see it.

I’d believe that claim like I’d believe it if you said you where going to be completely politically correct.

Oh, I joined a choir group…and I have never sang since third grade.

Comment from The nephew
Time: September 6, 2009, 8:13 am

Everybody should stop what they are doing & go make a grilled cheese sandwich!

Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: September 7, 2009, 8:21 am

The silverware at the world’s largest WORKING nuclear accelerator (Tevatron) in Illinois is not magnetized, according to a friend. The fact that CERN doesn’t work makes me suspect the poltergeists others have referred to!

Comment from Allen
Time: September 7, 2009, 1:38 pm

Ha, Auntie Weasel. That does have a ring to it. I’m picturing a rockin’ chair, a jug of shine, and a corn cob pipe. “Get off my lawn dammit!” 🙂

Hey and shotguns are still legal in Brittania aren’t they? What’s an Auntie Weasel without her fowling piece.

Oh, as to the magnetic thingy. Many restaurants have magnets to prevent silverware from being ingested by the disposer. Over time the silverware can become magnetized after being in contact with the magnets.

Comment from James
Time: September 7, 2009, 1:52 pm

Your friend is correct, dfbaskwill, it isn’t magnetized at Fermilab, but CERN’s was like that back in ’85 too–when their collider _was_ working and Fermilab had decided to stick with fixed target experiments. (I’m rooting for the Tevatron experiments to find the Higgs first, but it is a long shot.)

Allen’s explanation is plausible.

Comment from Mike C.
Time: September 7, 2009, 4:31 pm

Magnetizing tableware to prevent it being smuggled out/thrown out with the trash ? Nonsense. If it’s metal and conductive (duh !), a simple metal detector loop would find it, whether it was magnetized or even magnetic or not.

Come on, people…

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