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July 10, 2018 11:58 AM   Subscribe

A magnetic koozie; need I say more?

Lots of other neat magnet-related stuff on their blog. Please try to refrain from ICP jokes.
posted by TedW (28 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
I mean, I can see why this would be great for Bender or Iron Man, but for the rest of us...
posted by uncleozzy at 12:06 PM on July 10


This means something. This is important.
posted by duffell at 12:08 PM on July 10 [4 favorites]


This post reminded me that I've occasionally wondered why the hell it's called a "koozie" instead of "cozy", so I finally looked it up (tl;dr it's a trademarked term).
That Wikipedia article also lists some pretty entertaining alternate names for can coolers, my favorite is "tin can tauntaun".

posted by Greg_Ace at 12:11 PM on July 10


Incidentally, "Magnetic Tauntaun" is the name of my new band.
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:11 PM on July 10 [2 favorites]


I wonder if magnet companies are as frustrated by stainless-steel refrigerators as I am.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 12:14 PM on July 10 [7 favorites]


give me this now please
posted by capnsue at 12:26 PM on July 10


Ha! Came here to post, "so we've decided, as a species, that we're calling it a "koozie?" I've never liked that term; it sounds like a pejorative somewhere between "cooch" and "floozy." Like, something a 40s guy would call a dame who wouldn't give him the time of day.
posted by skullhead at 12:37 PM on July 10 [4 favorites]


My beer never lasts long enough to require a cozy.
posted by dazed_one at 12:43 PM on July 10 [5 favorites]


It's a "can cooler."

Also: such earnestness and detail! NEW FAVORITE BLOG.
posted by wenestvedt at 12:52 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]


I'm rarely around metal things I need to attach a beer to. Rafts, however...
posted by craven_morhead at 12:53 PM on July 10


Beer cozys are great if you want to chill your room temperature beer outside when it's below -40F. It makes getting the timing wrong and bursting a can much less likely.

I've yet to see a use for them in other circumstances. Adding magnets doesn't really help. Unless you also wear a series of bandoliers with steel plates. (Or, perhaps, a woven Klingon sash.) That could make manipulating utensils while holding plates of food at social events far easier.
posted by eotvos at 12:58 PM on July 10


They're more for keeping your hand comfortable and not wet against a sweating, cold can. Also, hiding a can from authorities in a very 'brown paper bag' sort of fashion when you're at a tailgate or some-such. In terms of the magnets, I've seen this pretty often in workshops. It's a good way to keep a drink off of a work-space, while still having it in reach.
posted by codacorolla at 1:08 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]


This is a great , fun, informative blog -- best of the web.
posted by Fig at 1:13 PM on July 10 [3 favorites]


It's a stubbie holder, as everyone knows. Not to be confused with Noddy Holder, who is not cool.
posted by pipeski at 1:15 PM on July 10 [2 favorites]


Fun barely related fact: On submarines underway you're allowed to bring water bottles/beverages on watch with you, but they're required to be kept in a specific kind of cupholder referred to as a Zarf which I was always told stands for "Zero Angle Retention Facility". Some watchstanders have gotten around not having a Zarf near their watchstation by crafting their own magnetic variation (there's no shortage of steel surfaces on a submarine) but beware, the Chief of the Boat might consider the magnetic holder an unauthorized (albiet temporary) alteration to the boat.
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 1:31 PM on July 10 [3 favorites]


> This little project started out as a silly thing to try

but then, before we even knew it, it had turned into... what now?

[And yes, I will make one]
posted by kleinsteradikaleminderheit at 1:40 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]


I miss my Beat Farmers koozie.
posted by rhizome at 1:41 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]


…when it's below -40F.

Just thought I’d point out that the F is not needed in this particular case. Also, I thought about adding tags for all the other names for insulated beverage holders, but then I saw how many there are.
posted by TedW at 2:55 PM on July 10 [2 favorites]


I've never seen one of these in actual use and so I really thought until now that they were the same thing as what we had when I was a kid, where they actually contained the blue gel stuff and you kept them in the freezer? I had not realized that these foam things even were a thing, all this time.
posted by Sequence at 2:57 PM on July 10


Fun barely related fact: On submarines underway you're allowed to bring water bottles/beverages on watch with you, but they're required to be kept in a specific kind of cupholder referred to as a Zarf

When I was young, my older brother told me that koozie, coolie, and zarf were all synonyms, but I’ve never heard anyone else use zarf until today. My brother is not a submariner, and I think this was pre-Tom Clancy, so he must have picked it up somewhere else.
posted by rodlymight at 3:00 PM on July 10


Magnets? Feh. The one I just got over the weekend is reinforced with slap bracelets instead of magnets. It starts out flat, like a skinny mousepad. Slap it against the can, and it wraps around.
posted by emelenjr at 3:03 PM on July 10 [2 favorites]


Just thought I’d point out that the F is not needed in this particular case.
At -40 Rankines (and, presumably, in vacuum) I suspect beer cozies become somewhat more complicated. But, I agree that you're right.

Edit: crap, that's +40. Nevermind. It seemed funny at the time.
posted by eotvos at 3:23 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]




Why is it that 'cosy' sounds like a 75 yo grandpa with black socks, sandals, and shorts would have in his golf cart?

Koozie sounds like something the good ol' boys have in their jacked up Ford truck along with their gun holder.
posted by BlueHorse at 5:16 PM on July 10


Super fun, but it is also super bugging me that this quote:

The magnets don’t prevent sliding at all, only friction does. See How Much Will a Magnet Hold?

includes a link to a page with a diagram ("Friction Force Diagram") VERY CLEARLY illustrating that the force of friction is linearly proportional to the strength of the magnet.
posted by solotoro at 6:02 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]


Koozie sounds like something the good ol' boys have in their jacked up Ford truck along with their gun holder.

Exactly; and when it’s time to shoot that road sign or whatever, they can just stick their beer to the side of said pickup and blast away!
posted by TedW at 6:57 PM on July 10 [2 favorites]


I used one of these last week - Snap On tools has them as a promo item. It held my beer to the side of my camping chair and it was fabulous.
posted by checkitnice at 8:02 PM on July 10 [1 favorite]


I have a soft spot in my heart for coozies--they are a staple of my camping kit and I usually purchase a bag full of them at thrift stores for 50c every so often because they get lost. (Right now my preferred coozie is an AcroCats coozie--used in bellydance performances too!)
posted by sperose at 5:26 AM on July 11 [1 favorite]


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