I believe there is a strong correlation between people who don’t pay attention in school and negative Amazon reviews.
Reading the reviews of magnets on Amazon is enlightening because what goes through my mind is “Magnets! How do they fucking work?!?”
I weep the for human race when someone applies a magnet to a “magnetic surface” like the thin metal wall of a refrigerator with a slick surface and then complain that the magnet cannot hold the rated weight. Or any weight.
I understand that not everyone is mechanically minded and the world is a complex and fascinating place of seeming juxtapositions but if you do not understand that magnets are stronger in one direction, and require something to adhere to that has substance, but weak in the sliding/shearing direction, or weak when sat on a thin ferrous metal surface, or don’t work at all with non-ferrous metals, then I can only conclude that you were not paying attention in science class in school because it is “boring.”
Also, if you had told me 30 years ago that hundreds of people would…
1. Leave detailed reviews, with explanatory pictures, of refrigerator magnets
2. Have people refute or support those reviews with further details and pictures and diagrams
3. Argue over the subtleties of the different types of magnets
4. And have a customer service representative answer questions about how to properly use the magnets
…I would have told you to put down the hash pipe and come back to the real world.
And yet, here we are.
Not only with glowing or damning reviews about a pack of magnets costing a few dollars, but me, thinking long and hard about the human condition of people who write reviews about magnets.