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The 10 most ridiculous iPhone stories so far

Scary and bizarre iPhone tales from the US

Two months after its release in the US, and the hype surrounding Apple's iPhone - sometimes generating enthusiasm bordering on insanity – has already produced some of the wackiest, news stories ever witnessed in the history of technology.

So prepare to be amazed, ladies and gentlemen! Step right up and take a front-row seat for Steve Jobs' unintended sideshow attractions.

The Lobster-Thumb Boy

The North Denver News published a story on August 8 that reported that 28-year-old Thomas Martel, of Bonnie Brae, had his thumbs "surgically narrowed with a revolutionary new surgical technique known as 'whittling'," in order to save time while typing on his iPhone. Hundreds of bloggers believed it and reported it as true - but there was more to this 'story' than meets the eye – click here for more.

World's Fattest Phone Bill

It turns out that AT&T itemises every instance of iPhone internet access. That means every text message, every web connection - everything - even though those instances generally don't cost extra. As a result, Pittsburgh graphic designer and blogger Justine Ezarik received her first iPhone bill in a box - 300 pages worth. Page after page listed items called 'Data Transfer', each costing '$0.00'. Naturally, Ezarik posted a video of the 'unboxing' on her blog.

Although Ezarik's bill was the world's fattest, the total came to just $275 (£140). Another iPhone customer and blogger, Adam Aronson, received the world's largest bill so far: $5,086.66 (£2,550). He blogged about it and in the post said the high cost came from roaming charges incurred when he brought his iPhone to England. He didn't make any calls; he just used the internet.

The Elastic iPhone

Everyone wants an iPhone these days - even Gumby! One overzealous enthusiast built a life-size replica of an iPhone out of clay, including icons, ports, buttons, cradle - even the box!

The Missing Link

Quick! When you think of what sort of person owns an iPhone, what comes to mind? Gadget freaks? High school and college kids? Celebrity types? How about unemployed Republicans? US Presidential adviser Karl Rove, who recently announced his resignation, was spotted in Minneapolis pecking away at his iPhone. The sighting explains why Rove retired: to spend more quality time with his iPhone, obviously! Bizarre!

World's Fastest iPhone

No, I'm not talking about compute performance or data access. I'm talking about revolutions per minute. Blender vendor Blendtec posted an inspired series of online publicity stunt videos titled 'Will It Blend? 'in which it grinds up all kinds of random objects to show how strong its blenders are. Guess what it blended. Here comes the video.

Freaky iPhone Does Magic

A magician named Marco Tempest centres his act around the iPhone. He's written or commissioned applications that run video and play sounds to coincide with his illusions. For example, he makes it appear that his iPhone is brewing coffee, which he then 'drinks'. When he shakes his iPhone, the icons get jumbled, and you can see Mac OS X for a second. His iPhone even dispenses money!


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