Saturday, March 10, 2012

Breast Enlargement And Birth Control: That's Asking A Lot From Your Phone

From Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S. by Alex Boese, who claims that only one of these is a hoax:

Breast Enlarging Ringtone, Page 32:

Japanese women can purchase a breast-enlarging ringtone for their mobile phones. Its inventor, Hideto Tomabechi, promises the ring tone will "increase the breast measurements of those who listen to it." Just how is unclear. The ad copy states only that "it's a technique involving subliminal effects." I've had the good fortune to hear the ring tone, and it sounded like an extended Jimi Hendrix guitar riff. So far, I have experienced no breast development.

Sperm Killing Accessory, Page 59:

Does a cell phone accessory project a high-intensity electromagnetic sound cone, inaudible to the human ear but fatal to sperm cells, thus serving as an effective means of birth control when placed nearby during moments of intimacy? The Belgian company Prophy-Lectic debuted the Nippit 3000 mobile-phone birth control accessory [in 2004].

From me:

You gotta love the Internet. And smart cell phones. And guys like Alex Boese.

Judging from a quick search online, it is hard to tell which, if either, product is made up. The breast enlarging ringtone seems to be a legitimate bit of merchandise, if a less than likely theory. The sperm killing acessory seems not to have fooled ABC News, but other organizations have a lot of good to say about it. I especially like the name, Nippit 3000.

What do you think?

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