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#1 +techbeck

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 18:44

Rock-and-roll legend Chubby Checker has apparently sued HP and Palm over a webOS app designed to calculate penis size. In a press release, attorney Willie Gary argues that Checker (aka Ernest Evans) has been caused "irreparable damage and harm" by the app, which is also called "Chubby Checker:"

Despite numerous attempts to cease the "app," Hewlett Packard refused to dismantle the operation and, therefore, continues to perpetuate degrading and derogatory content directly linked to Chubby Checker. The "app" adversely affects Chubby Checker's brand and value and if allowed to continue, will cause serious damage to the Plaintiff's goodwill and will tarnish his image that he has worked to maintain over the last 50 years.

We've reached out to both Checker and his attorney for further comment. HP hasn't actually produced Palm devices since 2011, and webOS is currently open source, but Checker is reportedly seeking $500,000 in damages, presumably including profits from the $0.99 app. Magic Apps, which developed the offending software, no longer appears to even exist, and it's highly unlikely anybody could really be held responsible at this point. If Checker is genuinely worried about the brand, this is a classic example of the Streisand effect — in all honesty, we're not even sure how he found this obscure app for a nigh-dead platform in the first place.

Update: We've since received a somewhat confusing and noncommital statement from Chubby Checker's management. In part, it reads thusly:

The name Chubby Checker is used by many companies and they know that it's a brand. It gets the attention of the people. It's a very very valuable commodity. There is a new song out called "Changes" by Chubby Checker. With all of this activity surrounding the excitement and the legend, we're more interested in airplay than litigation. As they say in the legal community, "Let the lawyers handle it."


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#2 NeoNut

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 18:48

They should name it Chubby Pecker Checker

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 18:54

in all honesty, we're not even sure how he found this obscure app for a nigh-dead platform in the first place.


He probably just google'd his name (brand/w/e) like the rest of us do periodically.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 19:00

lol i literally just busted out laughing when i put the two-and-two together.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 19:02

LOL is all I can say

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 19:07

The story doesn't tell if the "irreparable damage and harm" was cause by the name of the app or the result given by the app after he tried it.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 19:18

They should name it Chubby Pecker Checker


"Pecker Checker" would have been a better name.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 19:26

what's webos? is it from google?

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 19:28

what's webos? is it from google?

I hope you're joking...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebOS

Ever heard of the Palm Pre? Palm/HP Touchpad? That's what it ran.

#10 arachnoid

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 19:52

Maybe he didnt like the result given for him by Pecker Checker :D

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 19:54

Maybe he didnt like the result given for him by Pecker Checker :D


Well if your tool fits on a phone screen there's nothing the app can do about it ;)

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 19:56

I'm more amazed that Chubby Checker is still alive..

#13 arachnoid

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 19:59

Well if your tool fits on a phone screen there's nothing the app can do about it ;)

I'm more amazed that Chubby Checker is still alive..


Maybe hes making a ###### back,though I really dont want to see the climax of his song :D
I wonder if hes using Bang & Old`em......sorry..... bang and Olufsen kit

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 20:08

Maybe hes making a ###### back,though I really dont want to see the climax of his song :D
I wonder if hes using Bang & Old`em......sorry..... bang and Olufsen kit


Usually i would say it's gonna be slippy but in this case it's probably gonna be twisty instead ...

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 21:42

How sad of a human do you have to be to even need or want an app like this.

Have people become that stupid that they don't know how to use a ruler. :shiftyninja: