Do you like Magnetic Words for Skeptics, the awesome kit of more than 200 words that let you create rational poems on your fridge or filing cabinet? But do you get sad when you leave your kitchen or office, because you know you’ll have to wait before creating your next masterpiece?

Good news! Magnetic Words for Skeptics is now available as an iPad app!

Thanks to app developer Fred Ventura of Ventura Educational Systems, you can now create poetry any time inspiration strikes.

If you’d like a little inspiration, here are some works of art from some SGU listeners who entered our Magnetic Words contest last month using the traditional magnetic words kit:

From our friend Doctor Joe Albietz:

I wish
of all my billion creations
the technology to evolve
angry nano robot monkeys
was the worst threat

Brian Brophy with Jay Novella’s favorite:

vaccinate
Bigfoot
against
alien
nano
particle
robot
abduction

And the ultimate winner of a free SGU t-shirt, Scotty Harrison. Look at this creativity under pressure!:

there was a podcasting ghost
hoaxed the skeptic almost
but she did have doubt
said proof its about
& offered the haunted some toast

It’s a limerick that rhymes and scans, using a limited set of words. I am in awe. Thanks to everyone who entered! If you have Magnetic Words (the set or the app), feel free to post your best effort below.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org and appears on the weekly Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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7 Comments

  1. Avatar of marilove
    June 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm —

    ANDROID APP!! :P

    • Avatar of zylla
      June 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm —

      I second that! Android! Kindle Fire! :P

      • Avatar of marilove
        June 28, 2012 at 11:27 pm —

        Yes! Kindle Fire!

        • Avatar of Rebecca Watson
          June 29, 2012 at 9:35 am —

          Hm, I’ll ask if that’s possible, as I have no idea the amount of effort it takes to change something from an iPad app to an Android app. Will let you know if we can do it!

          • Avatar of marilove
            June 29, 2012 at 11:48 am

            yay :)

  2. Avatar of Buzz Parsec
    June 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm —

    I was inspired by last week’s poem to try something… When I get it worked out, I’ll try to magnetize it. I don’t know if it will be any good, but since it involves bulldozers and privilege and burying people alive (metaphorically), it should be pretty funny.

    Now that I’ve committed to it, maybe I’ll actually write it.

    • Avatar of Buzz Parsec
      July 5, 2012 at 4:01 am —

      It came out as a limerick despite my best intentions:

      There once was a Caterpillar D-9
      That, for leveling playing fields, was fine
      Said the team from the hill
      To those now buried in fill
      “You should have seen it coming. Don’t whine.”

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