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Wild Wild West - What Kinda Magnets Are Those?
The magnetic collars in the movie can't possibly work the way they are shown. First of all, the magnetic collars don't start attracting West and Gordon until they hit one and "reverse the polarity." Reversing the polarity means they should have been _repelling_ each other just as strongly in the first place. Also, if they were strong enough to drag Gordon hundreds of feet through the desert to the rail tracks, he and West could never have separated themselves. And finally, magnets could never make metallic flying discs move anywhere in the fashion shown without them running out of inertia.
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Steve Crow on 03-21-2001
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JoeGoda writes:
Your shouting wrong certainly convinced me of a basic law of magnetic physics. Regardless of you histrionics, I see nothing you said that even relates to the topic. The fact of the matter is that the magnetic collars did NOT adhere to the basic laws of magnetic physics. Read the whole article before you feel you should respond.
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TACD writes:
Criminy, it is a film. I thought that was a cool idea, I would love to have something like that. :) Oh look, another slipup - nothing that happened in the film actually happened! Sheesh.
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Mr. Jack writes:
I agree with the first person. This movie is a "fictional" movie, it's not real. There aren't or weren't really giant spiders back then either now were there? So how could you complain about the magnets????
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wizzard writes:
I think the theory was that the collars were one polarity (thus would repel each other) and the buzz saws were the opposite (thus would be attracted to the collars) when Arti hit the collar and "reversed" the polarity, they attracted each other. Of course, this is nonsense. It's a nonsense movie people! The spider itself couldn't possibly stand or walk without snapping half the control cables.
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Melody writes:
Thanks, I was hoping somebody that. The collars shouldn't attract because they both attracted the disks, meaning they were the same pole. The same pole repels.
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Hack Ace writes:
WRONG! OPPOSITES attract. The South pole of a magnet is attracted to the North pole.
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