I have a small set of round Philips speakers for my iPod, which makes my music “system” incredibly portable. I was using said iPod and speakers while writing in bed this morning and happened to pick up one of the speakers. Stuck to the bottom was a paper clip and I was amazed. I wondered why the speakers were magnetic and I went to show my husband. He said, “All speakers are magnets. That’s how they work.” I was like, “Really? Really?” How come I didn’t know this? Hubby also wondered why I didn’t know this.
Time for the rationalization. A) I didn’t have a physics class in either high school or college, except for the basic physics lessons I got in ninth grade science. We didn’t cover speakers. B) I didn’t take speakers apart as a kid, like my husband did, so I have no practical experience with their inner workings. C) We can’t possibly know everything there is to know about the world, which I think is as good as a rationalization as you’re ever going to get. At least I found out about the magnetic property of speakers within my lifetime.