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Time For a New Hobby

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Puzzle ID:#18532
Fun:*** (2.81)
Difficulty:* (0.82)
Submitted By:od-1Aca****
Corrected By:Winner4600




After Duffus McClutski's wife made him give up his used tea bag collection, Duffus decided to start collecting fridge magnets. Eventually, he had enough to cover the entire fridge, much to his wife's dismay. After several failed attempts to get rid of them, she finally gave up until one day, their fridge broke down. They looked at dozens of fridges, but finally settled on a top-of-the-line stainless steel model with two doors, icemaker and the works. Duffus was reluctant to spend so much on a fridge till his wife told him to imagine how great his fridge magnets would look on it. That was all the motivation he needed, but once the fridge was in, he soon realized his wife had put one over on him, and he would only be able to imagine his collection on the fridge from now on.
But why, what had she done?


She knew that high quality stainless steel like that used in making expensive pots, cooking utensils, and fridges is non-magnetic. Thus the fridge magnets wouldn't stick and Duffus would have to take up a new hobby. But that's another teaser.

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Aug 12, 2004

My parents just bought a stainless steel fridge and when my brother put a magnet on it, it scratched the surface really bad. Nice teaser...I enjoyed...Axton
Aug 15, 2004

Has Duffis (Duffus) been at it changing the spelling of his name?
Aug 19, 2004

talk about an easy one! Must admit, we have a fair few fridge magnets on our fridge (obviously not stainless teel). But it wasn't that hard to figure it out. Loved it.

Sep 13, 2004

Not very difficult, but I liked the story

Btw, "indeed" is one word, otherwise we're talking about the insides of deeds...
Oct 03, 2004

Poor Duffus . I hope he kept the old one.
Feb 24, 2005

really easy, but i love reading about Duffus' sad life
Mar 16, 2005

thats cool, poor guy! Diffently(SP) a favorites!
Apr 13, 2005

Awwww! I thought almost had the answer! Turns out I went by the hint and guessed, "metal."
May 02, 2005

didn't know steel wasn't magentic but fiured it must not be because it had to be the answer.
May 20, 2005

We do have a stainless fridge, and magnets do stick on them. My guess is high quality stainless for other applications is not magnetic, but the quality of stainless on some (most?) fridges do contain iron.
Jun 14, 2005

That was easy but really funny. This is my fist one that i am putting on my favorites.
Jul 22, 2005

my ex used to have a stainless steel fridge - used to drive me mad!! made him buy a magnetic whiteboard so i could magnet things of importance to it
Jul 25, 2005

Easy, but fun!
Jan 19, 2006

Stainless steel is so called because it is non-ferrous and therefore does not oxidize easily. Non-ferrous metals are generally poor magnets.
Aug 20, 2006

I knew that!

Stainless steel contains, in addition to regular steel, a bit of nickel and chromium.

For you jokers out there, THE ELEMENT NICKEL!
Jun 30, 2007

this just happened to my friends parents... they bought a new fridge BECAUSE they ran out of space to put all there magnets
Dec 06, 2007

you are so funny

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