No – NewsWireless has not got a cyberphone implant

The story sounds like a Kevin Warwick adventure: NewsWireless reporter Bill Ray claiming that “I had my iPhone surgically implanted in my cheeks – but it’s as unlikely as the Martel story.

It may sound obviously absurd. But claims that Thomas Martel, 28, of Bonnie Brae had his over-sized thumbs “whittled” to make using his iPhone easier, have turned out to be a marvellous hoax perpetrated by the North Denver News – a hoax that fooled many online news sources.

“Sure, the procedure was expensive, but when I think of all the time I save by being able to use modern handhelds so much faster, I really think the surgery will pay for itself in ten to fifteen years. And what it’s saving me in frustration – that’s priceless.”

Did you believe it?

Here’s the original North Denver News – Editor’s Note:

“Among the points of the piece: that U.S. society accepts plastic surgery and decorative deformation of the human body for vanity, but not other reasons (consider the Bonds steroid stories); that technology has become a new cult phenomena, in which items are praised or ridiculed based upon tribal allegiances instead of functionality and performance (and we are members of the Cult of the Mac- iPhone division); and we like to pretend that some of our writers have a sense of humor.”

If only we got the readers we deserve, eh?

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