"I'm sure you've seen the pictures all over the Internet of people who have had these shots and now they're magnetized. They can put a key on their forehead, it sticks. They can put spoons and forks all over and they can stick because now we think there is a metal piece to that." -- Sherri Tenpenny, testifying to the Ohio legislature about coronavirus vaccines at the request of Republican lawmakers
Anti-vaxx nurse tries and fails to make a key stick to her neck during speech claiming that vaccines make people magnetic. ...During her testimony, the nurse said she 'found out' something about "magnetic vaccine crystals"... "Yes, vaccines do harm people. By the way, so I just found out something when I was on lunch, and I wanted to show it to you. You were talking about Dr. [Sherri] Tenpenny's testimony about magnetic vaccine crystals? "Explain to me why the key sticks to me."' The key fell off. But of course you can sometimes make small things stick to you if you press them on--we used to do it with coins for fun as a kid.
What's really odd is that anyone can convince large numbers of people that vaccines could magnetize you. I've had the covid vaccine--no side effects. No harm done. And I'm not magnetized. But apart from that--isn't there a flavor of absurdity, a strong taste of "wow that's improbable" that people should be experiencing, hearing these ludicrous claims? How'd they lose that common sense capability? During the winter storms in Texas, people actually believed that the snow that fell uncharacteristically on some parts of Texas must be fake! It was conspiracy snow sent by liberals to make them believe in climate change, they said. They tried to prove, on Instagram videos, in the stupidest ways, that the snow was fake. But it was just...snow. These were adult people, with driver's licenses. They can read and write. How does it happen people can fall for that now? We can only suppose it's an aspect of the magic of the internet; its ability to damage our concentration, to tear our focus apart, so that we're more suggestible. And perhaps it leaves some people mindlessly hungry for the keening bursts of excitement that internet conspiracy theories has addicted them to.
And then there's this: A woman called in to a talk show claiming she'd learned...on the internet of course...that "the vaccines are "experimental" and thus are a violation of the 'Nuremberg Code. Apparently this theory is being spread on social media. However--the vaccines are fully tested. They are not experimental. Claims to the contrary are flat-out erroneous. The FDA gave the covid vaccines emergency authorization because of the pandemic, just to speed things up a little and save more lives--but the vaccines had, at that point, already been expertly vetted, in accordance with medical standards.
As the writer linked above, Michelangelo Signorile, points out: "The Nuremberg Code was about forcing experiments on people in concentration camps -- brutal, terrible experiments on Jews and others who were tortured and died. Claiming this about the vaccines is an insult to all Holocaust victims, survivors and their families. It's an insult to the world. No one is being forced into any experiment."