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Metro Stories

A man steps onto the metro, right in the center of the car. He waits for the doors to close, adjusting his enormous bag and laptop case. As the metro starts to move, he drops a handful of paperclips onto the brown-carpeted floor. The paper clips stand up. He smiles, and waits for someone to notice. They do, and nervous man-giggling starts up all around me. He begins to opine on the possibilities for why this might be; he notes for his audience as the paperclips dance up and down that they only do this as the train brakes or accelerates. On some cars, he says, his "pets" lean right and on some they lean left. On some they never dance at all. They lay down during a period of glide and he leans over awkwardly to sweep them up. The train slows to a stop, and he gets off, a wide grin in place. A teacher by nature, who knows what by trade.

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bizarrojack
Jan. 14th, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC)
that.is.weird
shadrone
Jan. 14th, 2004 10:14 pm (UTC)
Electrical engineering. Perhaps just physics.
Those trains are full of magnetic fields.
castironskillet
Jan. 14th, 2004 10:14 pm (UTC)
Are you going to try this yourself, with your own paperclips? I wonder if it's some electromagnetic trait of the subway car, or if he's a joker with a huge magnet in his bag, or what..
snidegrrl
Jan. 15th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC)
I guess I will have to but he would have to be pretty talented with that magnet, they did a good job of moving with the accel-deceleration of the train.
examorata
Jan. 14th, 2004 10:16 pm (UTC)
Man, I'm taking paper clips on the Metro next time I go!
multiplexer
Jan. 14th, 2004 10:27 pm (UTC)
Dude. That's the most occult thing I've seen in a while.
rob_donoghue
Jan. 15th, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC)
Seconded. i saw that an thought "Damn. What a great way to get charges for Unknown Armies"
bitchiekittie
Jan. 14th, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC)
I want to date him, the weirdo.
necrocannibal
Jan. 14th, 2004 11:32 pm (UTC)
Midnight Meat Train
zenthia
Jan. 15th, 2004 01:27 am (UTC)
Must feed the founders?
professorbooty
Jan. 18th, 2004 03:09 pm (UTC)
...
Way to pervert a perfectly wholesome anecdote. I approve.

Have you heard that Clive Barker is working on a new volume of short stories to be published after the second volume of the Abarat series? It is slated to include the story he's teased fans with for years, wherein Harry D'Amour meets "Pinhead."
booyeah
Jan. 15th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it is strong enough to do it with nails.
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