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How Do You Build a Real Mjolnir? Electromagnets and Fingerprint Scanners!

| 16 Oct 2015 00:48

Youtuber and inventor Allen Pan has built a replica of Mjolnir, Thor's legendary hammer, that only he can lift.

Alternate title: Frigg' Mjolnirs - how do they work?!

It looks like an inventive Youtuber has got Thor and the Asgardians' secrets all figured out: forget all this "whosoever be worthy..." stuff; it's really all in the thumb print.

In the video below, you can see how electromagnets keep the hammer firmly stuck to heavy metal objects, leading would-be lifters to think it is super heavy. Then Allen comes along, presses his thumb against the scanner, and ta-da - he's basically Beta Ray Bill at this point.

I get the feeling that if Thor used the mighty hammer for pranking strangers, he or she might lose some privileges. Sorry if I inadvertently spoiled Secret Wars!

Allen Pan put his video on Youtube less than a week ago, and already nearly seven million people have seen it. Not bad for your second upload - and I am really excited about what's going to come next. Maybe he'll do Captain America's shield! For the record, I'm thinking more along the lines of the bouncing, boomerang-esque qualities, not the bulletproof qualities...

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