Magnet Eating Toddler Nearly Eats More Magnets During Live TV Interview

By Alex Weprin 

Live television is rife with risk. On Friday’s “Today” on NBC, viewers saw why.

The program ran a story about a toddler who swallowed a string of “Buckyballs,” which are little marbles with rare earth magnets inside. The toddler and her parents appeared on the program for an interview, with the balls inside of a plastic cup with a lid on it.

The toddler opened up the lid, pulled out the magnets, opened her mouth and…



“Do you want me to take them?” anchor Carl Quintanilla asked.