Don't try this at home: swallowed AirPod still functional after exiting man's digestive system

Don't try this at home: swallowed AirPod still functional after exiting man's digestive system
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.


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

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33 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 886; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

What? Wow, always here this crazy stuff from Apple cult, I mean followers.:)

32. Charlie2k

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Cult.. Yes, since story is false. This is how the headphones would apear on a xray if swallowed. https://radiopaedia.org/cases/ingested-button-battery

2. Tipus

Posts: 820; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

iloveapps?? :)))

10. iloveapps

Posts: 724; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Wow! Why can’t android had this kind of free ads? Oh yes, they don’t do much comments. So its better to have a doomed news about apple. That way fandroids rejoices.

16. Papa_Ji

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

It's Because... Apple has made iSheep body totally hollow....Nothing has left inside there body....They have sold all of there organs. Nothing surprising....Its simple... WHEN WE PUT SOMETHING FROM ONE END OF HOLLOW PIPE WE WILL GET THE SAME ON OTHER END.

26. Vancetastic

Posts: 953; Member since: May 17, 2017

Uh...what?

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6601; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

He'll probably try it for himself because he loves apple so much.

30. Vancetastic

Posts: 953; Member since: May 17, 2017

I think he might go the other way with it.

3. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wait what?! How...

9. srgonu

Posts: 522; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

This is a design decision by Johny Ive. He apparantly tested all the airpods on himself and were sold.

4. Papa_Ji

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Apple has made iSheep

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2946; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Are sheeps sacred in India?

12. OneLove123

Posts: 886; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It's "sheep!" The world is already plural.

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2946; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

it's "word"

18. OneLove123

Posts: 886; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

"autocorrect"

17. Papa_Ji

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Maybe because they are less than 0.5%. #16 (Something is wrong with PA comment section...its only showing first few words.)

5. Valdomero

Posts: 662; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Ok so... he was sleeping with his mouth wide open and allegedly the airpod stuck into his ear made its way into his mouth where he swallowed the thing whole without any issue... Now that airpod will play Bad Bunny "music" only because it's directly related to poop. Oh and the smell...

7. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Every expensive lunch.

8. midan

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

This Sounds like a Jeff Murdock case :D https://youtu.be/oAS-DIt7ZaY

14. monoke

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Apple should make them chocolate tasting while they're at it. They'll sell even more if these sheeps are gonna eat it too.

34. mootu

Posts: 1449; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

I suppose it's better than the Tidepods they usually go for.

15. Ichimoku

Posts: 145; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Doesn't feels right

19. CDexterWard

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Good for him they weren’t designed with any sharp edges.

20. lyndon420

Posts: 6601; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

And yet another reason why wired is better.

27. CDexterWard

Posts: 55; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Exactly. Then he could have fished it out himself with no doctor bill!

21. Charlie2k

Posts: 119; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Clearly a false story, as expected. This is how a battery will show up on a xray. https://radiopaedia.org/cases/ingested-button-battery

22. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Well it's made out of plastic. You body doesn't know what to do with it. What I am surprised though, is that the acid didn't ruin the electronics inside. I've swallowed plastic toys before that were small and they come right out, because your body can't process plastic. But I would have expected the internals to be corroded from the stomach acid. Lucky him. But question is, why the hell you swallow your headphone to begin with? So he was laying on his pillow, with one in his ear; it likely slipped off his ear and slid down the pillow to his open mouth while he was snoring and he swallowed it. Because that is the only possible way other than purposely putting it into his mouth and swallowing it. I just don't see how he managed to do it and not choke though. Seems fishy! He should admit he swallowed it to see what would happen. "just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. " - My favorite saying. Fanboys around the world should remember this saying.

24. MEeee

Posts: 406; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Apple should make an optional strap dongle to pull the airpods out if you want to put it in your body where there are openings.

25. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Well that is a s**tty news and I mean literally.

28. Jrod99

Posts: 708; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Dang. What kind of acid resistance do these things have?

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