Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know

Today's question (and more to the point, the answer) from Dr. Science is simply wonderful.  Here it is:
"What is the difference between electromagnetism and animal magnetism? When I kiss my boyfriend, which phenomenon causes our lips to stick together"

Submitted by Kathy Cooper from  St. Clair Shores, MI

"Animal magnetism is a furry, damp form of electromagnetism. Unlike its sleek counterpart, animal magnetism needs to be fed and cared for to be effective. Electromagnets can be made permanent, but animal magnetism is as changeable as animals, which partially explains current divorce rates. What you and your boyfriend have been noticing in your lip adhesion probably has more to do with naturally occurring mouth Velcro than magnetism. If you notice the phenomenon more in the winter months, it may be the same thing as getting your lip stuck to a cold swingset or an outdoor water faucet. In either case, carefully add crazy glue and then pull apart quickly. "

This is simply one more instance of the brilliant insight provided by Science (the institution, not the journal*).

*Though the journal's pretty sweet, too.

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