I learned a valuable tip when I was on a recent cruise. Many ships will give the guest speakers a name badge. That way, the passengers know that you are “special.” Not really – but they do give you a badge that should be worn at all times (except on tours).
They are magnetic with the badge being metal and the powerful magnets go inside your shirt. OK so far. But be aware that if you take your badge off and stick it in your pocket – you risk some bad happenings.
1. You may demagnetize your room key. It just will not work. You could be in your robe after a walk down the hall to the laundry. You may have to go down to the front desk to get a new one. If you do get locked out, and you can find a housekeeper, she can coordinate your rescue. You may also have to get someone to call security. Very embarrassing all around.
2. Your camera may get demagnetized – meaning your SD card will get degaussed (fancy for cleared.) All those 8 MPixel shots of the pyramids down the drain.
3. You might do the same to your cell phone. After all, the memory devices are just little chips that can also be zapped by strong magnets.
It’s hard to remember in the beginning. But NO MAGNETS IN YOUR POCKETS. You can thank me later.
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