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Woman loved becoming a human magnet; sadly, her body had other ideas

Alex Pearlman explains why she had a magnet implanted in one finger (in Pennsylvania, since Mass. has a law against such things) and how she had to have it taken out less than two weeks later.

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I have many thought on this matter, I just do not know where to even start. That emoji face thing will have to do.

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Want something implanted in your hand? Have it done by a hand surgeon.

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Most doctors won't do it - there's no therapeutic benefit and it's an unauthorized experimental procedure...

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... which you might or might care for, but no one goes to the doctor to get their ear or navel pierced.

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There are a lot better places on the body for indulging abnormal psychology and ennui.

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At least she had the sense to get it taken out before the infection killed her. Points for that and nothing else.

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people who are obsessed with themselves and their own every little pang, pout, and obsession- and think the rest of the world is also as enthralled.

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She's a writer, and she's writing about the sort of people who have things implanted in themselves, so she did it to get a better appreciation of that particular culture.

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A small number of people doing weird, dangerous things to themselves is not a "culture."

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In order to better cover the news in Boston perhaps you should get a gun and attempt to shoot someone, preferably hitting someone who wasn't the initial target. Or get a job with Walsh to see how it feels to be pressured to support Union hacks.

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I understand and respect the desire for writers to know their subject but sometimes they use it as an excuse to do something really stupid, perhaps because they think they themselves would make for a better story. A good journalist need not copy their subjects to be able to write confidently about them.

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You don't start taking heroin to report on the opioid crisis. It is a bad idea to start taking heroin, if you wanted to report on the opioid crisis. Same concept.

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Reporter goes undercover in a for-profit prison.

Just because I'm not made out for such stuff doesn't mean other people can't do it.

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she does go on at length about the charge she got from having the magnet and how she got the sads when it got all puss filled and taken away.
you're glossing over how uninterested some of us are in the self-dramatizing narcissism of others.
aberrations and deformities- even self made ones- like hunks of metal driven through flesh here and there, in other words fetishes, are as interesting as old time freak shows. except to rubes. writing about it also isn't writing- it's typing by those with limited imaginations and not much to say. it screams- appreciate how cool i am because i am fascinated with X.
no thanks.
and how dumb people are about how one gets an infection.

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you're glossing over how uninterested some of us are in the self-dramatizing narcissism of others.

Right, because lack of interest is not a thing.

I have to say, as much as I think "wtf?" about implanting a magnet in one's body, I like your reaction to the story a whole lot less. It's not your finger and it's not your ox being gored, and there's really no useful purpose served by your pop-psychological faux-analysis rant of "those people". Whatever "hunks of metal" someone puts in their body is not your problem, nothing to see here, move along.

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...and after only 12 days, an emergency room doctor removed it.

Thanks for doing your part to clog up the emergency room.

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You wouldn't believe the body mods those folks have under their scrubs. Go to an ER doc's cookout sometime.

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I find the lack of coverage of the Nabisco Campaign to be troubling

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I lost interest immediately on learning Mr. Spaghetti would not be his vice mayor.

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that's where I knew I could stop reading.

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