App for That

Now We Know Why Penis-Size App Predicktor Wasn’t Called the Chubby Checker

Singer sues HP for $500 million in legal "Twist."
(Photo: Wikipedia)

(Photo: Wikipedia)

Last week, Betabeat highlighted the work of a Canadian doctor who developed a smartphone app to predict the size of a man’s member. Enter a dude’s height, shoe size, “butt size,” age and finger length, and Dr. Chris Culligan’s app—called the Predicktor—will predict his penis size.

Turns out that Dr. Culligan wasn’t the first tech innovator to take a stab at the penis-size problem. Through September of last year, a company called Magic Apps offered the Chubby Checker, a cleverly-named app that attempted to predict a man’s shaft length by his shoe size.

Or maybe the name wasn’t so clever. According to a press release, the 1960s sensation Chubby Checker—the guy who popularized “The Twist”—is suing Hewlett-Packard for $500 million, claiming that the company profited from his likeness by offering a platform for the app:

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.

Unfortunately for the singer, the Chubby Checker app was only downloaded 84 times, at a price of 99 cents a piece, making a big payout seem unlikely. We can’t say we’re surprised. If you’re not factoring in butt-circumference, you’re really not playing to win.

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