Tech sites around the Web swiftly picked up this story and repeated it as fact. I dunno, maybe it was the Onion-esque headline. Or maybe it was the fact that the iPhone doesn't have tiny little buttons, or maybe it was the closing quote ("Opening spaghetti sauce jars has been a problem. That was a big surprise.") Anyway, I just didn't buy it.
Which turns out to be a good thing. I did some quick fact-checking: there's no Dr. Robert Fox Spars listed in the Denver phone directory. I called the North Denver News and asked for the writer, James Benfly. He hasn't called back, but the story no longer appears on the NDN Web site (though the headline on the home page is still there).
Friday, the dog days of August, the heat setting in and it's a long time till the NFL season opener. A hoax story is just what we needed -- but can you believe that some outlets actually swallowed this?