Taking questions from Twitter today during his weekly appearance on WOR radio, Mayor Bloomberg was asked to explain how magnets work. We suspect the person asking was referencing the Insane Clown Posse, who gave the world the memorable line, "Fucking magnets, how do they work?" in a video that became an Internet thing last year. Bloomberg was not quite as flummoxed:
“As you probably know,” Mr. Bloomberg said, noting that he had studied electrical engineering, “everything is made up of atoms and atoms have electrons, usually in pairs, orbiting around them. And they create mini magnetic fields. But the two electrons spin in orbit as pairs, spin in opposite directions so they cancel out each other. But magnetic materials aren’t in pairs, so the spins don’t cancel out each other, and if there’s enough of them in creates a magnetic field."
So an explanation does exist. Perhaps self-described insane clowns are not the best authorities on matters of science after all.
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