A very clever piece of reasoning


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..

13 thoughts on “A very clever piece of reasoning”

  1. I don’t know about the cornfiake factory, but you will often find magnets at strategic places along a food manufacturing line to hook out any stray bits of metal that might have found their way into the process. Especially important when your raw materials come out of a field, although, as Grikath suggests, machines do have a habit of shedding bits into your mix. Regular checks of the magnets also give you an early warning of mixers and pumps and things disintegrating further back in the line.

  2. Sunday Madness Report

    UK: New laws on the sale of deactivated firearms – EU Directive 2017/853

    “Police cannot even cope with the licensing of actual firearms, but now they are expected to track by serial number and owner a million or so de-acts?!

    By 14 Mar 2021 every owner of a de-act has to notify the authorities of its make/ model/ serial number/ calibre, on pain of criminal prosecution?!

    I would have exclaimed “unbelievable”, but that was before the recent spectacle of UK crushing its own system of democracy. Now the unbelievable has become the norm.

    The other day I half-joked to someone that, because of the Brexit turmoil and the EU’s sudden acceleration to Federal power, I wouldn’t be surprised if the order came for all of us to hand in all of our remaining firearms. Perhaps I was being a bit too prescient….”

    Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

  3. Lest we forget

    Today is Remembrance Sunday. In Whitehall, the great and the good will bow their heads in recollection of the fallen. They should also bow their heads in shame for the low status conferred on that memory in the Government’s National Curriculum for History in English schools.

    Neither World War One nor World War Two is required teaching. Instead, these nation-defining events are relegated to the status of ‘Examples (non-statutory)’ that ‘could’ be taught to children. This contrasts with a statutory requirement to teach either Islamic history, West African history or central American history.

    Lord Tebbit has observed that, ‘Lest we forget has become lest we remember.’ He is right. The full extent of the betrayal is…

    For evidence watch Apprentice UK E05 – dunderheads didn’t know when WWII started, ended or who was fighting who

    I will remember and wear a poppy with pride

  4. Pcar

    dunderheads ? – you’re being overly generous there.

    I bet BBC3 have somebody from Novara Media opining on WW2

  5. a statutory requirement to teach either Islamic history

    Actually, that would be a good thing – provided they taught the savagery, the genocide, the rape of 9-year-olds and portrayed mo as the opportunist bandit he was; and not any of the “religion of peace” propaganda.

    Yes, I know this is the UK state I’m talking about, apparatchiks cowering in fear of their being the next stabby, explodey target.

  6. Pcar–all the more reason not to split the vote and start the process of fightback.

    There is NO political grouping in the UK likely to oppose the above EU bullshit in or out. That includes TBP–which if you have listened over the months –contains a substantial number of BlueLabourites on everything except Brexit. Numerous have made pronouncements as to the OKness of anti-waycist wokery and more. So just because they are against the EU does not mean they are enlightened or even anti-woke.

    Get out while we can –reform the line minus BlueLab fans and begin again . “Populism”–anti-Marxism, –is only at its start and Brexit is only round one. An essential round one but round one all the same.

  7. “early warning of mixers and pumps and things disintegrating further back in the line.”

    probably not actually as these are most likely to be st/st in product contact and so wouldn’t should up in a magnetic detector.

  8. The right magnet will even pick up stainless steel particles, especially if it’s the right sort of stainless steel.

  9. Bloke in Wales said:
    ”Yes, I know this is the UK state I’m talking about, apparatchiks cowering in fear of their being the next stabby, explodey target.”

    Not sure it’s even that; those in charge seem confident that the police will protect them. They seem more scared of being criticised in a Guardian column, or over supper.

  10. @Gus – how does that work then? We do quite a lot of Stainless 316 at work (a common food grade – we have done potable water installs in the past), and it’s always seemed pretty convincingly non-magnetic to me!

  11. I’m not a metallurgist. But i know that some stainless grades are magnetic. I have seen stainless shavings scraped from an in-line magnet that have been traced back to a worn pump stator. I googled and this gives some clues: https://buntingmagnetics.com/industry-blog/is-stainless-steel-magnetic/ This interesting too: https://www.greenwoodmagnetics.com/resource/what-is-the-difference-between-304-and-316-stainless-steel/
    Interesting that work hardening seems to increase magnetic attraction of stainless steel. I guess if it’s being scraped off then it’s being worked in some way,
    It doesn’t have to be hardened though. A few years ago I saw a mass of stainless steel wire, I don’t know what grade, from a collapsed filter mesh caught on an in-line magnet. Long story short: if the magnet hadn’t been checked when it was, the product recall would have cost about a million quid.

  12. @tomo

    BBC Three – the dunderhead channel

    A Socialist Experiment “HouseShare” – BBC

    I predict BBC will edit/warp to conclude “Socialism Works”

    When younger I did HouseShare – rented room. We did not pool our earnings, eat together etc; it was five peeps sharing kitchen, lounge, loo, bathroom, garden etc. Some times some/all did something, but usually lived independently.

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