Brazil's 'Magnet Boy': Latest In A Series Of Attractive Stories

Jul 11, 2011

We'll get back to the serious stuff shortly. Like deficit reduction.

Now, though, it's time for a little human magnet news.

It seems that 11-year-old Paulo David Amorim of Brazil may be unusually attractive. At least, as an Associated Press video report shows, it sure looks like all sorts of metal objects — from spoons to cooking pots — stick to his skin.

Magnetism? Or just a sticky kid?

Paulo, who is known as "magnet boy" to his friends, is certainly not the first to purportedly display such a talent.

Six-year-old Ivan Stolijkovic of Croatia has shown off his peculiar talent with some pretty heavy pans. And a woman in the U.K. says that not only to metal objects stick to her, she can set off car alarms just by walking by.

Skeptics have been ... skeptical ... of such claims for some time. We can't find, however, a thorough debunking of "human magnet" reports at or the other usual places to look. So please feel free to point to evidence that either supports or undercuts such claims in the comments thread.

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