Tiny Thumbs: Truth or Fiction?

OK, so I have to admit that I was taken in by this:

Thomas Martel, 28, of Bonnie Braeis a big guy. So he has a hard time using the features on ever-shrinking user interfaces on devices like his new iPhone. At least, he did, until he had his thumbs surgically altered in a revolutionary new surgical technique known as"whittling."

And though I feel a little dumb for falling for it, in my own defense, given some of the strange things people do to their bodies these days, it’s not as though it’s that unbelievable. And without looking carefully, it would be hard to discern at a glance that the North Denver News site specializes in satire. But good on them, it’s a funny story, fake or not. And they’ve likely gotten boatloads of traffic from the story, to boot.

And now that I think about it, wouldn’t it be better (and less permanent) if someone invented prosthetic thumb caps that are ergonomically designed for typing on thumb keyboards and/or touch screens? Much less expensive, too.

Comments (4)
  1. DEvHammer says:


    Kind of, but for typing, rather than styling…

  2. gobledb@hotmail.com says:

    I believe that the iPhone uses a capacitive touch screen instead of a resistive touch screen. That means that you pretty much have to use skin to make it work. So I guess, you can’t answer your phone while using gloves.

  3. DEvHammer says:


    I suppose you could make the styli/thumbcaps out of meat. I know that works with the SawStop system (http://www.sawstop.com/), which I believe is capacitive.

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