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Man, this is just about the most revolting thing I’ve heard in a long time. Apparently a 480-pound woman in Florida was so huge sat down on her sofa and did not get up again — for six years. During that time, she continued to eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom. When she finally got mortally sick, hospital workers were finally called to take her to the hospital.

And that’s when they discovered that her skin had fused to the sofa material. According to the Palm Beach Post:

Unable to separate the skin of the 39-year-old woman from her sofa, 12 Martin County Fire-Rescue workers slid both onto a trailer and hauled her behind a pickup to Martin Memorial Hospital South. She died a short time later.

I am not making this up — nor, really, would I want to. As my friend Bill Kennedy said when he emailed me this tidbit, “all those cyberpunk authors out there who predicted that the post-humans of the future would fuse their bodies with cool mechanical and electronic gadgetry had obviously never been to florida.”

(Thanks to Bill for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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