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Feds Ban 'Buckyballs' Magnets

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the natural-selection-defeated-once-again dept.

Government 820

SicariusMan writes "Looks like warnings and other precautions were not enough to save Buckyballs Magnets. According to this report, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is concerned about the increase in children swallowing the rare earth magnets, and has issued its first stop-sale order in 11 years. Amazon and others have already agreed to stop selling the toys. 'Although the commission issued a safety alert in November, it has received more than a dozen reports since then of children ingesting the magnets, with many requiring surgery, it said. More than 2 million Buckyballs and at least 200,000 Buckycubes, a similar cube-shaped magnet, have been sold in the United States.'"

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First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (2, Insightful)

crazyjj (2598719) | about 2 years ago | (#40770123)

How about a ban on stupid trailer-park dumbass kids who ruin it for the rest of us?

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (1)

Reverand Dave (1959652) | about 2 years ago | (#40770137)

Seconded.

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (2)

SlickNic (1097097) | about 2 years ago | (#40770221)

Thirded?

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770227)

As I read it, it is just the inclusion in toys that are banned....we just have to shop at legitimate supplier sources and build our own toys now...no biggie.

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770251)

If their parents wouldn't use birth control, Buckyball magnets seem like such a nice alternative. Of course they're expensive-ish, so it's probably trust fund babies who are dying, thus the band. (I keed)

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (5, Funny)

darkpixel2k (623900) | about 2 years ago | (#40770253)

How about a ban on stupid trailer-park dumbass kids who ruin it for the rest of us?

They already tried that. You may have heard of "Planned Parenthood [wikipedia.org] "...

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770427)

They already tried that. You may have heard of "Planned Parenthood [wikipedia.org] "...

but then they had to de-fund planned parent hood! the one shot we have at getting rid of trailer trash and they take it away...

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770259)

For all you know it could be some dumb ass glued to their iphone who was not watching their kids.

Re: stupid trailer-park dumbass kids (5, Insightful)

macraig (621737) | about 2 years ago | (#40770297)

I modded you flamebait, but decided I'd rather tell you to your face that this comment is every bit as ignorant and prejudiced as any I've heard uttered by the so-called trailer trash I've encountered. I don't know if this really reflects your beliefs or you're just trying to be controversial, but at face value that's stereotypical trailer-trash talk.

Re: stupid trailer-park dumbass kids (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770337)

Uh-oh someone rocked your trailer in the wrong way.

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (2)

shentino (1139071) | about 2 years ago | (#40770397)

Indeed

We need an incentive for lazy ass parents not to take a mile when the government gives them an inch.

The only place this slippery slope is going to end is with parents doing fuck-all to teach their kids about safety and ya know actually supervise them and letting Big Nanny decide everything.

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770401)

How about a ban on stupid trailer-park dumbass kids who ruin it for the rest of us? /quote? No, no, how about we stop over-reacting to everything (and not stereotyping too much).

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770549)

how about we stop over-reacting to everything

Sounds like a fine idea! Let's some banning things for everyone, then.

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (5, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 2 years ago | (#40770475)

Fucking crazy. Some schizophrenic lunatic can buy thousands of rounds of ammunition of the Internet, but God forbid anyone should buy a Buckyball magnet.

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (4, Funny)

Zocalo (252965) | about 2 years ago | (#40770497)

Hey, at least we know that it reality it takes at least a dozen dumbass kids now to ruin it for everyone else... The Onion pegged it at three [theonion.com] , back in the day.

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770509)

How about a ban on stupid trailer-park dumbass kids who ruin it for the rest of us?

sixth

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (4, Insightful)

DesScorp (410532) | about 2 years ago | (#40770511)

How about a ban on stupid trailer-park dumbass kids who ruin it for the rest of us?

Why is this insightful? It's not the kids, or even their parents that are banning this stuff. They're a vocal minority. It's a government that wants to nanny us 24 hours a day banning things like this. "For the children" is just another variant of "the public good". Various levels of government want to regulate... or outright ban... everything from the size of your soda to the ingredients in your food.

Re:First my beloved Viper fighter, now this (-1, Troll)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | about 2 years ago | (#40770569)

i draw the line when thinkgeek.com stops selling them. this is just bullshit. hitting any page that used to reference them now shows a list of other magnetic toys, and if you manage to hit this page http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/bbe8/b/ [thinkgeek.com] and order them, it tells you that your cart is empty. fuck you, thinkgeek.

My stockpiling has paid off! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770159)

Thanks to Woot! I now own several million Buckyball magnets. I was waiting for the rare Earth metal market to skyrocket before cashing in, but this may be my chance. Hello Ebay!

Seriously (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770161)

What's so special about these magnets?
Children can swallow any kind of magnet you find in toys.
It should be up to the parents to ensure the child is old enough not to swallow the damn thing.
Next up: crayons banned because kids stick them up their nose.

Re:Seriously (3, Informative)

stanlyb (1839382) | about 2 years ago | (#40770275)

It is not the balls, nor the kids. Even if you swallow some balls, but not at once, you will need to go to the surgery. The problem as i see it, is stupid grown people buying bucky balls and giving them to their kids, who, SURPRISE, swallow them.

Blackmarket Buckyballs (5, Funny)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about 2 years ago | (#40770163)

Soon we'll be battling the Buckyball cartels in the streets of America. I say end prohibition now!

Re:Blackmarket Buckyballs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770425)

Think that is bad, just try bringing Kinder Eggs into the US.

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/07/18/tourists-detained-on-way-home-from-vancouver-after-discovering-kinder-surprise-eggs-are-illegal-in-u-s/

only of the many stories of these "crimes"

Re:Blackmarket Buckyballs (5, Funny)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 2 years ago | (#40770545)


First they took away the Buckyball magnets from the Communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Communist.

Then they took away the Buckyball magnets from the the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

Then they took away the Buckyball magnets from the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

Then they came for my Buckyball magnets
and there was no one left with any Buckyball magnets to speak out for me.

Or perhaps


Those who would give up Buckyball magnets to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Buckyball magnets nor Safety

Only in America! (0)

Mitreya (579078) | about 2 years ago | (#40770167)

Something that can be dangerous when grossly misused can be outright banned.
They also spend quite a bit of resources confiscating Kinder egg surprise (50,000 a year according to an article I read), because there is an "unintuitive" toy inside the chocolate egg and a child may swallow it

Re:Only in America! (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 2 years ago | (#40770217)

They also spend quite a bit of resources confiscating Kinder egg surprise (50,000 a year according to an article I read), because there is an "unintuitive" toy inside the chocolate egg and a child may swallow it

It happens a lot because they're legal in Canada, actually.

But you don't want to carry them over the border - the guards can get pretty damn nasty over a bunch of toys.

Last week: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Kinder+eggs+surprise+includes+harrowing+stop+border/6956919/story.html [vancouversun.com]

Re:Only in America! (1)

penguinchris (1020961) | about 2 years ago | (#40770339)

I had no idea they were actually banned in the US... I used to get them regularly in Canada when I was a kid growing up in a border town (Buffalo, NY). I regularly brought them back across the border, too, when I was older and went to Canada by myself or with friends. Canada has a whole different selection of non-toy-containing candy from us so I assumed it was just another thing we didn't get in the US (even though you can easily find other Kinder-brand items in the US).

The chocolate in those things is fantastic, by the way, and the toys are decent for what they are.

Re:Only in America! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770371)

They also spend quite a bit of resources confiscating Kinder egg surprise (50,000 a year according to an article I read), because there is an "unintuitive" toy inside the chocolate egg and a child may swallow it

It happens a lot because they're legal in Canada, actually.

But you don't want to carry them over the border - the guards can get pretty damn nasty over a bunch of toys.

Last week: http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Kinder+eggs+surprise+includes+harrowing+stop+border/6956919/story.html [vancouversun.com]

Kinder Eggs are legal all over the world, except of course the US.
Only in america, lol lol lol lol lol....

Re:Only in America! (5, Insightful)

Brandano (1192819) | about 2 years ago | (#40770231)

Something that can be dangerous when grossly misused can be outright banned.

Unless it's a weapon

Re:Only in America! (1, Troll)

Doctor_Jest (688315) | about 2 years ago | (#40770405)

Shooting the gun isn't a gross misuse of the gun. It may be illegal to shoot another person, but firing the weapon is what it's designed for.

Swallowing a magnet isn't. Dumbass.

Re:Only in America! (2, Informative)

JustOK (667959) | about 2 years ago | (#40770477)

They're designed to make a profit for the guns/bullets manufacturers.

Re:Only in America! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770499)

Something that can be dangerous when grossly misused can be outright banned.

Unless it's a weapon

Damn right, Kinder Eggs are not protected under the Constitution.
Ban them, ban them from the greedy hands of american obese kids for all time.

Re:Only in America! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770273)

Something that can be dangerous when grossly misused can be outright banned.

Guns?

Re:Only in America! (1)

Mitreya (579078) | about 2 years ago | (#40770295)

This was not flamebait (well, not meant as one).
Although the actual number of confiscated Kinder Eggs is 25,000 in 2011 [gawker.com] . Illegal candy...

Re:Only in America! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770449)

Obviously they are trying to make them rare in the US so that they can level up.

Thank you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770173)

Stupid kids and stupid parents, thank you.

I wish we helped evolution instead of hindered it.
To hell with society.

Here come the lawsuits... (1)

bhlowe (1803290) | about 2 years ago | (#40770183)

If anything small sells 2 million units, there is a good chance that 1:100,000 will end up in the tummy of a toddler... How many pennies, buttons, or rocks get swallowed each year? This is just another gift to the trial lawyers who can now sue for negligence.

Re:Here come the lawsuits... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770243)

The problem with magnets is they can pinch the intestines between them if you swallow more than one, and that can cause pretty nasty stuff.

Re:Here come the lawsuits... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770483)

That isn't a problem any different than swallowing a quarter, silver dollar, 1/2 dollar, etc, which happens every year. Kids can end up with blocked intestines easily enough. Swallowing rocks, etc is similar.

Re:Here come the lawsuits... (5, Informative)

Anpheus (908711) | about 2 years ago | (#40770517)

My understanding is that it is different, the intestine isn't blocked, but actually ruptured because the magnets pull through it.

Re:Here come the lawsuits... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770263)

It's not a problem if 1 gets swallowed.

It's a problem when 2 or more get swallowed within a short time period, and then the person who swallowed them dies.

We don't sell cribs or strollers that collapse on infants. We don't sell poisoned dog food. We don't sell toys marketed to children that can easily kill them.

It's just a toy, and it really isn't worth kids dying over it. You can still buy strong rare earth magnets if you want, just not in one children-marketed form.

Re:Here come the lawsuits... (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770415)

It's not a problem if 1 gets swallowed.

It's a problem when 2 or more get swallowed within a short time period, and then the person who swallowed them dies.

We don't sell cribs or strollers that collapse on infants. We don't sell poisoned dog food. We don't sell toys marketed to children that can easily kill them.

It's just a toy, and it really isn't worth kids dying over it. You can still buy strong rare earth magnets if you want, just not in one children-marketed form.

So 12 kids died for being dumb, and there are 2 million sets out there in the wild. I'd bet more kids get hurt from knives, percentagewise, and other things adults buy than ever did from toy not-really-a-toy magnets.

This is basically just a shake down. Someone forgot to pay the right people.

Re:Here come the lawsuits... (0, Troll)

johnlcallaway (165670) | about 2 years ago | (#40770493)

And why is it my problem that some other parent can't keep an eye on their kids??

Freakin' moronic parents....Think Geek has already pulled them from their site.

Re:Here come the lawsuits... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770495)

Yes, because absolutely anything defined as a "toy" is for children and children only. Absolutely all toys are built, marketed for, and given only to people whose age is a single digit number.

Idiot.

Some toys ARE fun to play with as a teenager, or dare I say it... a *gasp* adult.

I know, I know, what the hell, not showing my age. Once someone hits 18, they're supposed to have a ceremonial fire in which they burn absolutely everything they own that could fall into the category of "could possibly be seen as amusing by anyone under 18".

Now if you'll excuse me, this 32 year old fomr someone NOT in the USA has some bucky balls to play with. Maybe I'll go get a Kinder surprise as well.

Going after the wrong guys (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770187)

So how many parents of magnet-eating children have been prosecuted for abuse/neglect? It's not like they don't know - the warning is on the package.

Don't worry, their parents have an answer (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770189)

They'll just give their toddlers some bullets to play with. I mean really. Anybody who doesn't have the sense to know if their kid is still in the "wants to taste everything" stage will just as easily give them live ammo.

At least I've got plenty as is. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770191)

I have two sets of buckyballs at home. Kinda wish I had bought more. Well, at least these will become a collectable eventually since I haven't lost any of them. Looks like they're going the way of chemistry sets or anything else even remotely scientific advertised towards kids learning new things.

What about ZEN magnets? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770201)

This is a case of the government overstepping. Would it not be better for our country to ban stupid kid? They tend to grow up and become stupid adults.

Re:What about ZEN magnets? (1)

shentino (1139071) | about 2 years ago | (#40770419)

Parents would scream bloody murder if the government tried to interfere with what kinds of babies they had.

Blame Obama! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770203)

It's amusing how the manufacturer personally blamed Obama for everything that has happened.

Nice things (3, Insightful)

bananaquackmoo (1204116) | about 2 years ago | (#40770205)

You see? This is why we can't have nice things, Barry!

Re:Nice things (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770279)

im talking to my gun, not with it, there is a difference

What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770207)

You mean the guys who shop at Think Geek procreate?

Oh fuck.

The solution... (1)

tomalok (33171) | about 2 years ago | (#40770219)

Why not make them large enough to be impossible to swallow? :)

Re:The solution... (1)

X0563511 (793323) | about 2 years ago | (#40770319)

Because then they'll bore holes in kids' hands or punch holes in fridge doors? Those bastards will be quite strong at that size.

Re:The solution... (1)

miknix (1047580) | about 2 years ago | (#40770343)

Why not make them large enough to be impossible to swallow? :)

Aha! Then they would be banned because kids can smash their fingers with them :P

At the very extreme, this is what we would get with super-sized buckyballs:
http://www.geekologie.com/2009/02/guy-loses-finger-to-neodymium.php [geekologie.com]

Noo, dont touch my balls... (1)

stanlyb (1839382) | about 2 years ago | (#40770225)

But, but, is this ban valid for Canada too?
If not, you, people, know what to do, just like the black people some 100years ago.

Buy Now? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770229)

Does that mean we should buy as many as we can now or is it possible that the ban would get lifted if they marketed them as adult only products?

Glad I already have mine... (5, Interesting)

The Raven (30575) | about 2 years ago | (#40770235)

I have 7 sets of them. Well... technically about 6.7 sets. It's hard not to lose one here or there when you play with them nearly daily. I'm just glad that I got them now, before the ban... they are my third favorite toy, behind my computer and my phone. I make bracelets out of multiple colors as transient art (lost as soon as they stretch out and get rearranged), play with them on my desk, and use them as temporary tie tacks if I leave my mine at home.

Yes, tie tack. Don't knock it, it works!

Re:Glad I already have mine... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770305)

I didn't have to know that you play with your balls nearly daily.

That said, why don't people simply campaign for them to be weapons instead of toys? If you did so, you could go second amendment and keep them.

Re:Glad I already have mine... (3, Interesting)

PeanutButterBreath (1224570) | about 2 years ago | (#40770349)

It's hard not to lose one here or there when you play with them nearly daily.

QED

Re:Glad I already have mine... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770387)

So what you're saying is they should stop marketing them as toys, and instead market them as tie tacks. Kids only accidentally eat toys, not other stuff.

How many... (5, Insightful)

Dcnjoe60 (682885) | about 2 years ago | (#40770237)

The article states that dozens of children have swallowed the magnets and 12 required surgery. There are over 60M children age 14 and younger in the US. Isn't this a bit of an over-reaction? I'm curious as to how many children have had problems after swalling coins and other items that people may have on their desk (ie paper clips, thumb tacks, etc.)?

Seems the shootings in Colorado hurt a lot more people, but for some reason, they haven't banned the sale of bullets.

Re:How many... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770303)

Seems the shootings in Colorado hurt a lot more people, but for some reason, they haven't banned the sale of bullets.

Yes, the USofA is a strange, strange place...

Re:How many... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770315)

Don't give them any ideas! You know how many kids get injured every year for swallowing bullets? Dozens. Literally, dozens.

Re:How many... (4, Insightful)

Sebastopol (189276) | about 2 years ago | (#40770335)

"Seems the shootings in Colorado hurt a lot more people, but for some reason, they haven't banned the sale of bullets."

The makers of BuckyBalls don't have the billions of $$$ of NRA lobbying PAC behind them, otherwise you never would have even heard of the 12 kids requiring surgery...

Re:How many... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770361)

The problem is if you swallow more then one, they bond through an intestine loop and you can't egest them normally.

Re:How many... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770479)

Ouch, that's nasty.

Still though, read their damn website. The front page is COVERED in "keep away from all children" warnings, the FAQ states in almost every answer that buckeyballs are not for children, it'll be all over the packaging, all over everything.

It's so stupid. Sometimes cars hit children, should we ban cars? Sometimes children drink antifreeze and die, should we ban antifreeze? Sometimes children fall off of cliffs and die. Maybe we should repurpose all our prisons to locking up children until they're 18?

Re:How many... (2)

tgd (2822) | about 2 years ago | (#40770489)

The problem is if you swallow more then one, they bond through an intestine loop and you can't egest them normally.

That's just step 1 of the problem. Step 2 is the pressure between them wearing/tearing a hole through the intestine, which can be quickly fatal if not caught in time.

Re:How many... (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | about 2 years ago | (#40770417)

I swallowed a dime once when I was a kid.

I died.

j/k, I never even noticed when I passed it.

Re:How many... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770487)

... after swalling coins and other items that people may have on their desk

Coins don't generally require surgery to remove.

Also, coins don't resemble small candies that children are likely to want to eat.

Just redesign buckyballs to be larger and multi-colored so that they don't look like candy.

Another "ban" (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770239)

Why don't we ban cigarettes, prescription medication, automobiles, power tools, and crime, since they are even more dangerous than magnets?

Re:Another "ban" (2)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 2 years ago | (#40770481)

Why don't we ban [...] crime, since they are even more dangerous than magnets?

So crime is not already illegal in the U.S.?

Alternative Toy (5, Funny)

Solstice (11486) | about 2 years ago | (#40770247)

Looks like I'll just have to get my kid Lawn Darts for Christmas instead.

Ban those deadly magnets!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770271)

Guns and bullets are fine though.

Goes to show... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770277)

Blind stupidity is more valuable than intelligence.

Some other things that should be banned... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770285)

Bleach...McDonalds...Burger King....Mr Muscle...Weightlifting....Kettles with long leads....bricks...heavy objects...coins....forks....knives...fire...water...etc.

Something wrong with this picture...what's wrong with lots of rare earth magnets?

Re:Some other things that should be banned... (2)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about 2 years ago | (#40770439)

don't forget 1000-foot-tall straw men.

Magnets are a bit different... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770307)

I'd hope ./ readers would understand powerful rare earth magnets are a fundamentally different danger when swallowed than, say, small plastic bits or pennies. As noted in TFA, magnets will connect to each other and pinch/tear/destroy important things like stomachs and intestines. Other stuff you may swallow won't do that.

I don't necessarily agree with the CPSC's actions, but it's a different kettle of fish than the typical "dangerous" small object.

Let's see... (1)

AdamStarks (2634757) | about 2 years ago | (#40770313)

12 cases of ingestion over a period of roughly 8 months... and only "most" of them required surgery, so maybe something like 8 surgeries. I'm curious how much blocking this will cost the economy for each case of surgery that is prevented (assuming those same kids won't get themselves into the ER with something equally small and tasty), and whether or not more lives could be saved by merely having the company donate some portion of their Buckyball profits to a children's hospital.

Huh? (1)

Psychotria (953670) | about 2 years ago | (#40770327)

This doesn't make sense. So, you're allowed to sell stuff like beads, ball bearings, tiny pieces of lego, screws, nuts, bolts, pebbles, and a trillion other small things but not these magnets? I'm a little bit confused.

Re:Huh? (4, Informative)

Microlith (54737) | about 2 years ago | (#40770383)

These are neodymium magnets that stick together quite strongly. If two are swallowed they run the risk of coming within close proximity to each other while passing through separate parts of the intestines and clamping them together. Only way to remove them at that point is surgery.

That's not to say the other things you mentioned don't run a risk of getting stuck, or that these will get stuck. By being rare earth magnets they set themselves up for causing problems in the twisty path of our lower digestive tract.

Not so harmless afterall (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770333)

First I thought this was another nanny-state ban. But it looks like they are dangerous for small children. The problem is if you swallow more then one, they will bond through the wall of an intestine loop. So you can't egest them normally and require a surgery to remove them.

You know what is also dangerous for children? (4, Insightful)

f3rret (1776822) | about 2 years ago | (#40770363)

Uranium [amazon.com] and bleach [amazon.com]

Re:You know what is also dangerous for children? (1)

bobbied (2522392) | about 2 years ago | (#40770505)

We should ban Hydrogen Dioxide. You know it KILLS many people every year! (usually in the summer time)

Re:You know what is also dangerous for children? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770543)

Uranium [amazon.com] and bleach [amazon.com]

I love that on the Uranium link it says "In stock. Processing takes an additional 4 to 5 days for orders from this seller."

Lets hope the Iranians don't find out!

a nice company, too (4, Interesting)

agrif (960591) | about 2 years ago | (#40770365)

Me and my brother recieved the silver Buckyball cubes as Christmas gifts a few years back. These things are a blast to play with.

When one of the balls on my brothers set shattered, we called one of the listed numbers for the company to ask about maybe purchasing a replacement ball. The person on the other end was extremely interested in how this happened (apparently they hadn't had a report of a ball shattering before), and offered to send us an entire new set for free. On Christmas day. This was excellent, excellent support for an awesome product.

It's sad to hear about this.

I'm not saying.. (5, Funny)

HexKrak (1716604) | about 2 years ago | (#40770367)

I'm not saying lets kill all the stupid people, I'm just suggesting we remove all the warning labels and let nature sort it out.

Fuck 'em (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770375)

I've never wanted to own a set of those before, but I'll be purchasing several now they're illegal. Were these seriously marketed towards children? I've never had that impression from any of the ones for sale I've seen.

"Don't give small objects to children too young and/or stupid not to fill their breathing hole with anything that will fit or they might die" should really be enough of a warning.

Freeeeeeeedooooooom!!!!! (1)

airdweller (1816958) | about 2 years ago | (#40770381)

Freaking commie guberment!!! You'll get my buckyballs if you pry them from my cold dead hands!!!!

DMCA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770385)

how is the DMCA notices going to save you now, suckers?

It couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people.

More than a dozen reports ... (1)

jamesl (106902) | about 2 years ago | (#40770411)

... of Buckyball swallowing in about six months.

Football, one of the most popular sports in the United States, is also the leading cause of sports-related injuries. During the 2005-06 season, high school football players sustained more than half a million injuries nationally.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070815154430.htm [sciencedaily.com]

Makes Buckyballs look pretty safe and the Consumer Product Safety Commission look pretty misguided.

Zen Magnets (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770429)

I think the sales of Zen Magnets are about to increase...

(For those who don't know, Zen Magnets are *exactly* the same thing as buckyballs except for a very slight increase in quality and price. That would also mean they'd be more dangerous due to higher magnetic strength.)

So much for free enterprise (2)

ilikenwf (1139495) | about 2 years ago | (#40770431)

I've got the nanny state blues, man.

Time to ban small batteries too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770445)

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/774838-overview reports over 56,000 cases of ingestion of small batteries since 1985. When death occurs it is when the batteries get lodged in the esophagus or airway.

Can you say nanny-government?

You can still buy Buckballs (2)

mcnster (2043720) | about 2 years ago | (#40770457)

from amazon.ca and have them shipped over the border to the "land of the free" (cough).

The way gringos think (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770473)

Ban all cleaning products, ban knifes and any other tool, ban anything that has a hard surface and weights more than 2 pounds... The guns however are sacred and completely harmless.

GOD DAMN NANNY STATE (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#40770551)

if my kid wants to eat toxic chemicals thats his choice!

More power needed Scotty! (1)

Twinbee (767046) | about 2 years ago | (#40770557)

The solution is simple, ban the smaller ones and supply 2 inch cubed neodymium versions instead. They'll have a tough job swallowing those!
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