Sunday, April 02, 2006

That's NPR News, Not NPR Nudes

NPR's April Fool's story this year focused on the iBod, a breakthrough electronic device similar to a portable music player that helps "users regulate major body functions: heart, respiration, even cholesterol."

Imagine the surprise of anyone who heard the story and decided to learn more about the iBod on-line. The first links Google returns are from January 2005, announcing the introduction of Playboy Magazine's iBod photo service, since renamed "bodcasting."

No need to describe the nature of the Playboy service. But we will point out that, like NPR's made-up iBod, it probably does help users regulate several major body functions, heart rate and respiration among them.

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