In one of the creepier new toy developments, there is now Magnetic Thinking Putty on the market. It costs $13.50 and is like classic silly putty, except that it is magnetic and somewhat unnerving. The above video features time-lapse footage of the putty slowly devouring a magnet. Depending on your individual worldview, this is either horrifying or calming. Now here’s the fun part, if you get a magnet near it, eventually it will start to react like a symbiote from the Spidey comics. Just look:
Chilling! Manufacturer Vat 19 describes how the putty works thusly:
Magnetic Thinking Putty takes regular “silly” putty and turns its awesomeness up to 11. Like any other putty, it can be stretched, bounced, molded, popped, and torn. However, when this putty is in the presence of a magnetic field, it exhibits fascinating properties.
Millions of tiny micron-sized magnets are embedded in each handful of Magnetic Thinking Putty. Use the included super-strong neodymium iron boron cube magnet to control the putty like a snake charmer. Or “charge” this black, green-flecked blob of putty so it can become a magnet of its own and pick up small tacks and paperclips.
Okay, but what happens when it becomes self-aware and kills us all? And why do I expect that Vat 19’s next invention will be something along the lines of Ice-9? (Via Geekologie)
Chris Cummins is a pop culture writer and Archie comics historian who has contributed to The Robot's Voice, Den of Geek US, Philebrity, Geekadelphia, Uproxx, and Unicorn Booty. He is the co-producer and co-host of Nerd Nite Philadelphia, and is regularly involved in producing and hosting New York Super Week events. In 2014, Chris began Sci-Fi Explosion, a mix of live performance, trivia and funny clips celebrating the weirdest in science fiction that regularly travels around the United States. He wrote the introductions to the compilations Archie's Favorite Comics From The Vault and (with Paul Castiglia) Archie's Favorite High School Stories. You can find Chris on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.