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As lip, eyebrow, tongue and ‘more intimate’ piercings become increasingly common, it seems the only way to really stand out from the crowd these days is to bury magnets under your skin. Technology website wired.com reports that body-modification addicts are experimenting with implanting magnets in fingertips, and say they can sense electromagnetic fields as buzzing and tingling sensations. The original aim was to be able to stick metal gadgets to the body, but apparently that doesn’t work: “if you try to carry something magnetic on your implant regularly, the pinched skin between the magnets dies and your body rejects the implant” warns Quinn Norton, one of the first experimenters.

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