One of the multitudinous things I did not know

From Hallowed Be in the comments:

admittedly not equally interesting but because of the iron fortification they add to cereals you can float a cornflake on bowl of water and twirl it around with a magnet.

Anyone want to try testing this? My lack of cornflakes in the house makes it difficult.

23 comments on “One of the multitudinous things I did not know

  1. Quite right. Trust but verify. I have the cornflakes but the magnet wasn’t where it should be (grumble grumble). 14mg of Iron per 100g of flake says the nutrition label.

  2. DJC- a familiar problem with regulatory labels. Really i suppose it should be how much iron is expected to be absorbed given different compounds and the presence of the other fortifiers affect absorption.

    but i did notice this:

    table 5.2 recommended ——– Breakfast cereals ———-Electrolytic iron (×2 amount)

    So that would be elemental iron. not soluble so less absorbable but its all iron, and you compensate by putting twice as much in.

  3. Sainsbury’s Bran Flakes, fortified with Iron.
    Very powerful (30kg pull) NIB magnet.
    No effect.

    On similar topic, ever tried squeezing a Fox’s Glacier Mint in pliers, in the dark?
    Once your eyes are dark-adjusted, you should see a strain-induced blue light. Triboluminescence.
    You also cover the room in shards of sugar.
    Warning: they may have changed the formula: last time I tried this it didn’t work.

  4. Nigella advises to use corn flakes as part of the batter or coating for fried chicken, to give it some crunch. What a woman, possibly perfect.

  5. “Tim the Coder
    November 10, 2019 at 3:24 pm ”

    Works with wintergreen Lifesavers too. You can see it happening in the mouth if you want to watch someone chew them up in the dark (or yourself in a mirror).

  6. Umm… Nowadays cornflakes *shouldn’t* react to magnets, “fortified” or not.
    Anything sufficient to react to a magnet would (should) not pass the detection gates they use in production to prevent stuff like that getting out of the factory.
    Something about (micro)swarf + intestines = Bad PR..

  7. Off topic, but the hockey commentator Don Cherry is in trouble for commenting on new Canadian immigrants not wearing poppies, thankfully he’s the type of person who doesn’t care about the twitter outrage.

    “You people… love our way of life, love our milk and honey. At least you could pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada.” His co-commentator gave a thumbs up in response.

    We have a statutory holiday here for Remembrance Day and we have always attended a ceremony since we have been here and it is predominately white/Europeans that attend

  8. BniC,

    “You people… love our way of life, love our milk and honey. At least you could pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada.” His co-commentator gave a thumbs up in response.

    I don’t have a problem with people who don’t wear a poppy. I don’t even have a a problem with people who decide they want to tear up a poppy and shout fuck the queen. Its the price we pay.

    What I have a problem with is the hijacking of the poppy by various groups, the pacifists with their white poppy were the first and the latest is the LGBT multi-coloured one.

    For 1 day of the year its about those who died. They were from all communities, faiths, genders, sexual orientation, races and any minority I may have missed. They came from all lands and fought for many reasons. The Poppy symbol does not discriminate because they were all dead together and its about them not us.

    On this subject I let my illiberal id come to the fore: So no, just no. Fuck off, because for once its not about you, you narcissistic twats.

  9. The Friends Ambulance Corp were some of the first to wear the white poppy back in the 1920s, specifically to share in the rememberance from a noncombatant participant position. Have you tried carrying a stretcher through gunfire? It’s not about us, it’s about them, those that died so that we could live.

  10. For 1 day of the year its about those who died.

    Even one day out of 365 is too many for totalitarians. They want their boot on your neck, their face in your face, screaming slogans 24x7x365.

  11. “Jussi

    Nigella advises to use corn flakes as part of the batter or coating for fried chicken, to give it some crunch. What a woman, possibly perfect.”

    I prefer it when she adds the cornflakes to chocolate sauce and dribbles the combination down her cleavage.

  12. The Friends Ambulance Corp were some of the first to wear the white poppy back in the 1920s, specifically to share in the rememberance from a noncombatant participant position. Have you tried carrying a stretcher through gunfire? It’s not about us, it’s about them, those that died so that we could live.

    Not through gunfire but I’ve done a 1 mile log race simulation. Respect to them, but I don’t change my mind, there’s no reason why their dead can’t be represented the poppy.

  13. I tried to replicate the video Pcar linked to using a reasonably strong fridge magnet, but it didn’t work. Perhaps I needed a stronger magnet, but I suspect what was going on there was a result of the water’s diamagnetism, not the iron in the cornflakes, which is extremely small.

    According to the Kellogs UK site, 100g of Corn Flakes contains 8 milligrams of iron. If we suppose there’s roughly 100 flakes in 100 grams, then that’s 0.8 milligrams in one flake. That’s about a thousandth of one gram in every flake. Can that small an amount of iron really pull a whole corn flake around? I remain unconvinced.

  14. @Hector Drummond

    “result of the water’s diamagnetism” – magnetic water?

    Fridge magnets are extremely weak. Use a strong Neodymium magnet, or an electro-magnet

    @Gus

    But she wasn’t wearing a bikini : (

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