CNN: Don’t eat your Apple iPhone, iPod, or their earbuds

“If CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta had his way, when you unwrapped your new iPod or iPhone this Christmas, there might be the following warning label:

SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Ingesting or inhaling your iPhone or iPod earbuds may be hazardous to your health.

Poor reports, “The November 9 CNN “American Morning” warned of the dangers of iPods. The screen read ‘IPOD & IPHONE DANGER – CAN THEY HURT YOU?'”

“Gupta reported that the cord connecting the earbuds to your iPod contain phthalates, according to the litigious Center for Environmental Health. Phthalates are a substance often used for increasing the flexibility of plastics, but according to an article on phthalates ‘may hinder the sexual development of mammals,” Poor reports. “But even Gupta did not say that using an iPod or an iPhone as intended would be dangerous… ‘So the immediate takeaway is, don’t eat your iPhone or your earbuds?’ asked CNN co-anchor John Roberts. ‘Or breathe it in,’ Gupta replied.”

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We guess Apple wasn’t kidding back in January 2005 when they said Do not eat iPod shuffle.


  1. First post!

    Uh, yeah, and tie your shoe laces. Brush your teeth. Wash your hands.

    Really, the government needs to legislate common sense. I think it is high time we get serious about this.

    And, don’t forget, idiot is a bad word to describe some one who is other wise a MORON.

  2. Jeesh!

    I knew the world was heading to a terminal state when Starbucks had to warn customers that the contents of a coffee cup may be hot. Now this!!!

    Have we completely forgotten the concept of personal responsibility: you eat an earbud=you reap the consequences?!?! It’s no one else’s responsibility.

    Grow up!

  3. Next piece of news from ‘Dr’ Gupta (MBBS in Quackery): Don’t bend over and sniff your balls while playing tennis. I mean why would anyone with a sane mind want to eat his iPhone/iPod earbud? What a nutter.

  4. No news is good news as the saying goes, so they give you no news on the news so that you feel good about it. Better not say anything bad on the news, people might not like it and turn to another channel, be entertaining instead, people like that.

    Meanwhile in real life ………..

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