It looks like I'll never get the tactile pleasure of playing with buckyballs. NZ has banned the import and sale of the rare earth magnet adult toy after too many orally-fixated hormunculi have mistaken them for M&Ms and gobbled them.
The ban follows a similar one in the vexatiously litigious USA last year, which compelled geeks to wonder what would be banned next. Geeks here are not amused either.
One wonders how we are to snap out of this economic rut when anything novel or slightly risky is banned if it's shown to be unsafe in kindergartens. The idea of progress and the reality seem poles apart.