On Tuesday, an anti-vaccine Ohio nurse
attempted to prove that COVID-19 vaccines
magnetic, but she failed to stick the landing, to use a gymnastics
Joanna Overholt, a registered nurse, attempted to use her own body
as proof of potential coronavirus vaccine
dangers while testifying before the Ohio House health
Overholt stated that she had overheard at lunch that vaccines cause magnetism in humans, so she decided to test her theory on herself by attempting to demonstrate how a bobby pin and a key would stick to her exposed skin.
Warning: It did not go well.
“Explain to me why the key sticks to me. It also sticks to my neck,” Overholt said. “So, yeah, if somebody could explain this, that would be great.” The nonmagnetic aluminum key actually fell off her neck as soon as she removed her hand.
Wow. An anti-vaccine nurse in Ohio attempted to prove the Vaccines Cause Magnetism theory in front of a state legislative committee, but the demonstration did not go as planned pic.twitter.com/0ubELst4E8 — Tyler Buchanan (@Tylerjoelb) June 9, 2021
The false vaccine magnetism theory was raised earlier during the hearing by Ohio physician Sherri Tenpenny, who has been named by a watchdog group as one of the “Disinformation
Dozen,” the 12 people responsible for 65% of anti-vaccine misinformation
spread on the Internet.
“I'm sure you've seen the pictures all over the internet of people who have had these shots and now they're magnetized,” Tenpenny told the Columbus Dispatch. “You can put a key on their forehead, it sticks. You can put spoons and forks all over, they stick, because now we think there's a metal piece to that.”
Despite the fact that both Overholt and Tenpenny are trained medical professionals, they both overlooked an obvious explanation for the key trick: the human body secretes a substance called sebum that is sticky enough to hold small items, even those that aren't magnetic.
While Overholt's testimony landed her in hot water
, the nonmagnetic nurse is gaining popularity on social media
"Do you have any questions?" I have so many... https://t.co/7LRzZqklCG
— Céil Doyle (@cadoyle_18) June 9, 2021
It's all fun and games until you learn that the vaccine can magnetize aluminum. https://t.co/IbjtGNODdX
— Tristan Greene (@mrgreene1977) June 9, 2021
"Ladies and gentlemen: This pencil is supposedly made of wood, but if I hold it between my fingers and jiggle it—"*jiggles it*"—it's obviously rubber. Does anyone want to explain that?" https://t.co/2UcB5WBRQJ
— Steve McPherson (@steventurous) June 9, 2021
What's amazing is that this woman was smart enough to get through nursing school, etc. https://t.co/4pqfIv2K3y
— Nick Parco (@nick_parco) June 9, 2021
We are the greatest country on the planet because of people like you. USA USA USA https://t.co/x1CXElQqV0
— Pete Dominick (@PeteDominick) June 9, 2021