Do My Thumbs Look Big In This Dress?


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Has everyone seen the ‘Mobile Darwin Awards’ story of the week yet?  This one is equal parts unbelievable, sad, and comical.

Vince Veneziani at CrunchGear sums it up nicely:

This is about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of. Some dude named Thomas Martel got thumb surgery so that it’d be easier for him to use his iPhone … In essence, this is totally gross and probably very painful. Never alter your fingers just so you can text Becky to tell her how great that skirt looked today at work.

The saddest / funniest part about the story for me is that, although one of the doctors involved talks about how this is sort of functional rather than aesthetic surgery, the patient himself then talks about having a hard time opening jars. Great, so you can bang out text messages at semi-automatic weapon rate, but you can’t turn the shower on!

For more, check out the CrunchGear and ZDNet pieces.

UPDATE: Well, it turns out this was a fake story, initiated by the North Denver News. Just another bit of proof that truth is often stranger than fiction, or in this case, is just fiction.

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  1. #1 by dgoldring on August 11, 2007 - 1:21 pm

    I think this is as much a statement about the design of the iPhone than anything. I mean, com on, if that thing had been properly designed, then there would be no need to have any surgery to begin with. You never heard about people having thumb enhancement surgery with a WinMO device…

    Besides, who needs to open jars??? :)


  2. #2 by dgoldring on August 13, 2007 - 9:29 am

    Sorry, Patrick.

    It looks like this was actually a satirical story run by a weekly newspaper. Here is the Editor’s note:

    But man, for a weekly paper…they must be loving the publicity they are getting right now.


  3. #3 by PatrickJ on August 13, 2007 - 11:29 am

    Yup, saw that – nice job North Denver News! Have added an update to the post to reflect this also.

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