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Wonky AI program is cranking out some extremely odd phone cases

You search for the "old man with diarrhea" cell phone case has finally come to an end.

 

David Britton

Internet Culture

Published Jul 11, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 12:12 am CDT

As any of your friends with cracked phone screens will tell you, it’s foolish to not purchase a case for your smartphone. Something that expensive, that you rely on that heavily, deserves some form of protection.

Luckily there’s a nearly endless variety of options. From practical cases that have compartments for your cards or that can extend your battery life, to flashy models covered in sequins, there’s something out there for everyone. Even if what you’re looking for is, say, a shirtless man cutting a wheel of cheese on top of another shirtless man.

cheese wheel cell phone case
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Or maybe you’re more in the market for an ingrown toenail case.

ingrown toenail phone case
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What wonderful person came up with these beautiful works of art you ask? The answer: nobody. According to a report by IFL Science, the cases were designed by an AI bot, which was created to comb the Internet for popular image searches and turn them into cell phone cases to sell on Amazon. But “my-handy-design” the company behind the cases, seems to have left no one to mind the store. While the bot turned out some obvious/boring cases like this photo of a woman at the beach.

Woman on beach cell phone case
Screengrab via my-handy-design/Amazon

It also continues to spew out bizarre options like “sick old man suffering from diarrhea, indigestive problem cell phone cover case.”

sick man cell phone case
Screengrab via my-handy-design/Amazon

Or the “Concrete septic tanks under construction” case.

septic tank cell phone case
Screengrab via my-handy-design/Amazon

And what kid wouldn’t want to go to school carrying the “Varicose veins treatment cell phone cover case.”

varicose veins cell phone case
Screengrab via my-handy-design/Amazon

Or better yet, get kicked out of school for carrying the “Metal butt plug with crystal” case.

butt plug cell phone case
Screengrab via my-handy-design/Amazon

You can almost hear some poor teacher asking “Why is there a picture of a fancy doorknob on your phone?”

There seems to be an endless supply of these, so whether you want a photo of a woman doing laundry, or a purple strapon for “role play games” case, this company has you and your phone covered.

Of course with this many options, the AI was bound to spit out a few that had ironic implications, like this case, which harkens back to a simpler time.

pager cell phone case
Screengrab via my-handy-design/Amazon
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*First Published: Jul 11, 2017, 5:09 pm CDT