Sunday, 20. April 2014 - 16:04
13. 05. 11. - 15:00
A group of experts and sceptics have banded together on Facebook to prove that the Croatian boy who has harnessed worldwide fame for his supposed "magnetism" has no supernatural abilities.
The news about 6-year-old Ivan Stoiljkovic’s abilities to attract metal objects brought a lot of publicity to the Koprivnica-based family, prompting objections from some Croatians critical of "unscientific" representation of the phenomenon. The Facebook group "We are all Magneto Boy" shows photographs of various people with metal objects sticking to parts of their bodies, something of which, experts say, each human is capable. All that is necessary is placing a metal object onto smooth, hair-free parts of the body.
Psychologist Igor Miklousic from "Ivo Pilar" Institute in Zagreb is critical of the motives behind Stoiljkovic's sudden popularity.
"We believe that it is inappropriate to use a 6-year-old boy as a "circus freak," he says.
There is constantly news about people magnets, but so far, in controlled conditions, no one noticed the existence of a human magnetism, these experts claim.
Dr. Sasa Ceci, a physicist from "Rudjer Boskovic" Institute says: "If it were magnetism, he would attract pots and pans through the shirt," which is not the case with young Stoiljkovic.
The group's members believe money stands behind these "pseudo-scientific" claims, the daily Jutarnji List writes.
Centre of Zagreb covered with a live camera
All those missing Croatian capital Zagreb can now watch it on a live camera as part of the project Live Cam Croatia.
Croatian Railways promotion derailed by critics
But instead of lavish praise, the railway bosses were derailed by the fact the company Twitter account ended up jammed with funny one-liners that exposed the many shortcomings of their services.
Two Croats in Russian football cup final
Croatian national football team members Stipe Pletikosa and Hrvoje Milic will play in the final of the Russian national cup.
Croatia extradites former Yugoslav secret service boss
Former Yugoslav secret service boss Zdravko Mustac got extradited from Croatia to Germany.
Samsung linked with building a power plant in Plomin
South Korean company Samsung might be among those bidding to build a new termo power plant in Plomin, western Croatia.
Croatia develops three major energetic projects, Foreign Minister says
Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic has praised government's efforts when it comes to energetic independence of the country.
Monika Jakisic visits Osijek after linked with Prince Andrew
Croat model Monika Jakisic has visited her birthplace of Osijek for the first time after media in UK linked her as dating prince Andrew.
Dinamo Zagreb Chilean forward misses World Cup
Chilean forward Junior Fernandes will miss the World Cup in Brazil after a serious injury he suffered on Wednesday in Croatian championship.
A bee kills a beekeeper in Zadar
The 44-year-old from southern town of Zadar received a quick aid by ER team, but they still did not manage to save his life.
Arena Pula workers visit European Parliament
Eighteen out of 65 striking workers of Croatian fashion and textile company Arena from western town of Pula have visited European Parliament, fighting for their rights.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Tickets already sold out for two of Croatia's matches at the World Cup|
|Special police secure Nauta Lamjana shipyard|
|Colombian Croat football player wanted by Genoa and Vitesse|
|Croatia develops three major energetic projects, Foreign Minister says|
|Foreign investment in sixty percent of a decrease|