August 14, 2007
iPhone Thumb sharpening as satirical social commentary
Something I missed while on vacation. According to PC World, the story claiming that a Colorado man had his thumbs surgically whittled to sharper points so he could dial his iPhone was a joke.
"The North Denver News' story of last Wednesday told the tale of Thomas Martel, 28, who decided he needed the help of a plastic surgeon to handle the increasingly decreased size of modern technology. "From my old Treo, to my Blackberry, to this new iPhone, I had a hard time hitting the right buttons, and I always lost those little styluses," Martel was quoted in the article.
"This is really, on the edge sort of stuff," explained Dr. Robert Fox Spars, who worked on developing the procedure. "We're turning plastic surgery from something that people use in service of vanity, to a real tool for improving workplace efficiency."
On Saturday, The North Denver News's Editor said the piece was just satirical social commentary.
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