An Australian astrophysicist who wanted to create a device to help stop people contracting the coronavirus has ended up in hospital – after the magnets got trapped up his nose.
Dr Daniel Reardon came up with an idea to make a necklace which would respond if your hands were near your face.
Unluckily, the device did not work as planned.
“My invention had the contradictory effect – it buzzed nonstop until a magnet was put near.”
‘I knew I was in trouble’
“I had a laugh and gave up briefly,” he said. “Then I started thoughtlessly placing the magnets on my face. Initially, my ear lobes, then my nostrils – like a magnetic piercing.
“The problem was when I placed magnets in my other nostril. They all pressed together, and the ones on my septum got stuck!”
The university research fellow remained cool, though.
“At first it hurt, but I was not too worried,” he said. “I started to get more and more worried when I realized it wasn’t going to be simple to remove them.
“Then, after trying my last two magnets in a useless attempt to eliminate the magnets, and getting those trapped too, I knew I was in difficulty.”
But he was still insistent to get out of the problematic situation by himself: he used pliers, but that came with its own trials.
The force of attraction
“The pliers kept getting attracted to my nose, and the power of my nose being pulled was also painful.”
It was at this point he admitted he would have to go to his local hospital in Melbourne. His partner works at the same hospital.
“They thought it was great, mainly the doctors that know my companion,” he said. “They came to have a laugh and questioned ‘why were you placing magnets in your nose?!'”
Fortunately for him, the doctors were able to free the magnets finally, and he left the hospital quite unharmed.
As for his equipment – well, that has been put on hold for now. “I think I’ll give up and let somebody more qualified give it a go,” he laughed.