Sunday, April 02, 2006

Human Magnet Actually Human Suction Cup

Liew Thow Lin, pictured above with a whole bunch of metal stuck to his skin, may be a real-life Magneto. But he may also just be very sticky:
"[R]eal scientists" have validated these powers! Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) lecturer Nasrul Humaimi Mahmood said this ability was probably associated with "suction properties in his skin." Professor Dr. Mohamed Amin Alias, from UTM's electrical engineering faculty in Johor, agreed. After seeing Liew perform, the professor did research on the matter, and decided, "His skin has a special suction effect that can help metal stick to it." "These powers are not an illusion," he said, "That is why his two sons and two grandchildren also have the magnetic-like ability. They have his genes." Dr. Atsusi Kono, former chief physician at the Djo Si Idai Hospital in Tokyo, was so impressed with a Russian he saw doing this stunt, that he commented: "There is absolutely no doubt that the objects stick as if their bodies were magnetic." Dr. Friedbert Karger of the Max Planck Institute in Germany, in January 1997, investigated another "magnetic man" named Miroslaw Magola who was born in Poland in the 1960s, and was able to demonstrate the ability "to pick up a cup from the floor without touching it, and to control its suspension in mid-air."
Link (see also Cellar). He also pulled a car with his pants, which doesn't really seem related. But I hope he put it in neutral.

Indexed by tags: weird, science, magnetism, biology, skin, Malaysia, Liew Thow Lin, suction.
Image credits: "Mr. Magnetism," courtesy
Cellar, borrowed for news-reporting and comment purposes.


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