Apple is no stranger to unconventionally scoring free publicity courtesy of unusual human interest news pieces generally focused on the life-saving features
of the company's smartwatches
or the incredible resilience of new
and old iPhones
, but the latest such AirPods
-centric story is equal parts impressive and... disgusting.
According to the UK's Daily Mail
, a Taiwan-based AirPods owner recently discovered a previously unknown side of the advertised "magic" behind Apple's popular wireless headphones
after somehow managing to swallow an earbud whole. The user, named Ben Hsu, claims he fell asleep with the headphones in his ears, waking up to find only one earbud in its place, while the other had gone AWOL.
Even though it's hardly unusual to misplace these teeny-tiny yet incredibly powerful headphones
in such circumstances, there's a handy tracking feature you can use to avoid situations where you might need to replace one or both buds due to negligence. But Hsu was initially left baffled by the beeping sound of the missing AirPod that appeared to be following him around his room before realizing exactly what had happened.
We have no intention to show you the image of the excreted AirPod, but here's one of an X-ray taken while it was still inside
A quick visit to a nearby hospital confirmed Hsu's worst fear, but at the same time, the man received assurances his health was not in any real danger... as long as the tainted AirPod could naturally find its way out of his digestive system. Without going into some frankly nauseating details, let's just say a laxative did the trick and, believe it or not, Ben Hsu is once again the happy owner of two perfectly functional and arguably "magical" AirPods.
The excreted headphone even allegedly retained 41 percent of power while navigating through Hsu's digestive system, which sounds a little sketchy. Then again, there are a number of details about this story that don't exactly sit well (figuratively and literally speaking), but perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that just because you can
do something doesn't mean you should