A Nurse Tried To Prove A Conspiracy That Vaccines Make You Magnetic & It Failed Spectacularly
"Someone explain why this LIGHTWEIGHT key is sticking to my OILY skin?! Checkmate, science."
A hilarious video of an anti-vaxx nurse has gone viral after she tried, and epically failed, to prove the conspiracy theory that the COVID-19 vaccine somehow turns you into a magnet.
During a state legislature health committee meeting that was held in Cleveland, Ohio earlier this week, Dr. Sherri Tenpenny tried to claim that those who took the COVID-19 vaccine had suddenly developed magnetic abilities in their body.
Tenpenny — a known conspiracy theorist, anti-vaxx doctor and the author of Saying No To Vaccines — attended the meeting in support of a Republican bill that opposed businesses being able to ask for proof of vaccination.
While speaking, Dr. Tenpenny testified that the vaccinated were “now magnetised” as a protein in the vaccine allegedly had “a metal attached to it” that, of course, somehow magically links back to 5G towers.
“I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures all over the internet of people who had had these shots and now they’re magnetised,” Tenpenny said at the hearing. “They can put a key on their forehead. It sticks. They can put spoons and forks all over them and they can stick because now we think that there’s a metal piece to that.”
“There have people who have long suspected that there was some sort of, ‘yet to be defined interface’, between what’s being injected in these shots and all of the 5G towers.”
OHIO: Anti-vaccine *expert* witness claims vaccine causes forks and keys to stick to your forehead and it’s linked to 5G network towers…. Up there trying to out-Tennessee us! 😵💫🥴 pic.twitter.com/GdbQZHrdLv
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) June 8, 2021
To support her unproven and downright baffling claims, vaccinated registered nurse Joanna Overholt attempted to prove the conspiracy theory in front of the group… and it went about as well as you can expect.
“Vaccines do harm people,” Overholt started. “So I just found out something when I was on lunch and I wanted to show it to you. We were talking about Dr. Tenpenny’s testimony about magnetic vaccine crystals, so this is what I found out.”
Whipping out a brass key, Overholt slapped the key to her chest where it momentarily stayed in place.
“Explain to me why the key sticks to me,” the nurse asked. “It sticks to my neck too,” she prematurely continued, as the key immediately fell from her neck.
With the key no longer proving her point after fiddling with it in silence, Overholt shifted tactic over to bobby pins and hastily tried to make the hairpins stick to her skin while still somehow believing her point was true.
“Yeah so if somebody can explain this, that would be great,” she said, embarrassingly proving her own claims of magnetism to be false. “Any questions?”
We should show this clip to aliens who invade our planet. Prove to them we're the dumbest species in the solar system.pic.twitter.com/OpnpLSyN0v
— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) June 9, 2021
And boy oh boy, did the internet have questions.
First of all, people wondered why Joanna Overholt would use a brass key to demonstrate her point — a metal that is famously not magnetic. Secondly, there was confusion over why the nurse would then go on to use plastic-coated bobby pins instead of something like an all-metal paper clip.
But the main question most people had was simply: You can’t be fucking serious, can you?
Someone explain why this LIGHTWEIGHT key is sticking to my OILY skin?! Checkmate, science.
— Josh Brink (@JoshBrink89) June 9, 2021
Fully vaxxed. pic.twitter.com/aRFHlhT1Ez
— George Hahn (@georgehahn) June 9, 2021
"Ladies and gentlemen: This pencil is supposedly made of wood, but if I hold it like so between my fingers and jiggle it—"
"—it's obviously rubber. Does anyone want to explain that?" https://t.co/2UcB5WBRQJ
— Steve McPherson (@steventurous) June 9, 2021
I got the vax back in January. Went to take some things to a scrap metal yard in March. I’ve been stuck here since.
— Chad Helmininack (@helmininacksr) June 9, 2021
Um, “Dr.” Fauci, can you explain why after I got my vaccine, I’m magnetic? pic.twitter.com/xEZYbWu7zJ
— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) June 9, 2021
Now for those not wearing a hat made of foil and are keen to know the actual truth, please know there are no metallic ingredients in any COVID vaccine approved for use in the US and UK — including Pfizer and AstraZeneca, those that are used in Australia. And if any other shot does happen to contain aluminium, it’s literally as harmful as the amount commonly found in food and water.
“Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine will not make you magnetic,” the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes. “COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that can produce an electromagnetic field at the site of your injection.”
“In addition, the typical dose for a COVID-19 vaccine is less than a milliliter, which is not enough to allow magnets to be attracted to your vaccination site even if the vaccine was filled with a magnetic metal.”
As for things being able to “stick” to one’s body — as shown momentarily by Overholt’s brass key — that comes down to the natural oils and secretions, like sebum and sweat, that humans produce regularly. However, doctors speculate that most viral videos showing the post-vaccine “magnetism” are likely untrue, with people using tape, water or spit to help an item stick to the skin to give the illusion of an unexplainable force.
Basically, if it looks so wild that it couldn’t possibly be true, it probably isn’t. If your little cousin can balance a spoon on their nose with no hands, I’m pretty sure a nurse can make a key stick to their chest for a few seconds, too.
Personally, I’d love it if the vaccine turned me into Magneto.
— George Hahn (@georgehahn) June 9, 2021