Magnetic fields are the bane of my existence. I was in the Big Apple recently--no, not for a guest appearance on Letterman because I didn’t have the time and worried that good old Dave would be all over me. But because I didn’t go on Letterman, I had the tremendous pleasure of using the Metro to get around town.
Which was all fine and dandy until my handy-dandy magnetic Metro card wouldn’t swipe correctly. I wasn’t able to get through the turn stiles.
I expected impatience. New Yorkers are not known for their politeness. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. New Yorkers are known for being brash and for having loud and obnoxious accents.
Lucky for me, most of the people in New York City aren’t native to the city, either and someone helped me through the turnstile. Apparently, my Metro card worked fine for him, but not for me.
That isn’t the first instance that my strange electro-magnetic field has affected my immediate surroundings. I’m unlucky this way. Yesterday, my card wouldn’t go through at the grocery store. It wasn’t for a lack of funds; I know this for a fact because the checker at the grocery store was able to get the card through no problem.
I’ve had the same problem with door swipe card keys, too.
Of course, my little problem with the electro-magnetic field isn’t nearly as bad as the problem my friend had. Her electro-magnetic field was a force to be reckoned with. She couldn’t wear a watch without stopping the clock. She literally stopped time. I’m not joking. I don’t know how this was even possible, but it’s the 100% truth. Now there are even anti-magnetic watches on the market that aren’t affected at all by magnetism.
Fortunately for both my friend and I, neither one of us affects train or bus levitations with our differently charged magnetic force-fields.
According to THIS, a majority of magnetic fields aren’t in actual people and can instead be found in electronic devices such as computers and computer monitors. People who are affected by electro-magnetic fields can actually now buy shields to prevent electro-magnetic interference from the other devices around them.
I’m going to try one out. Stay tuned and I’ll let you know in a few weeks how it works out for me.