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Claim: E-mail advertises new cell phone conforming to federal regulations requiring motorists to use hands-free devices only.
Origins: This knee-slapper has been part of the online canon since 2000. It is periodically taken out, dusted off, and updated so as to adjust the
This sort of humor is not new, as evidenced by the 1930's "sure and deadly potato bug killer"
As for the underlying premise of the "hands-free cell phone" jape, although some states and municipalities have banned the use of handheld cell phones by motorists, there is not yet any federal law in the offing that would make this interdict countrywide, so cell phone users need not save up their rubber bands quite yet.
Barbara "da boyz in the band" Mikkelson
Last updated: 20 March 2007
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