When cornered by their wife, men sometimes say the most ridiculous things in order to wiggle out of trouble. However, blaming your iPhone for giving the impression you are having an affair has to rate as one of the best excuses ever.

According to a posting in the Apple discussion forums a lady called Susan became suspicious of her husband in the infidelity department. Looking through his stuff, she claims that she "took my husband's i-phone and found a raunchy picture of him attached to an e-mail to a woman in his sent e-mail file (a Yahoo account)."

OK, well, fair enough. Sounds pretty damning evidence of wring doing to me. That's what Susan thought, until her husband sought to confuse her by blaming the iPhone. "When I approached him about this (I think that he is cheating on me) he admitted that he took the picture" Susan says, adding "but says that he never sent it to anyone."

So, we have a man taking a photo of his privates and not sending them via email to a woman who appears to have received it anyway? Still sounds a hard excuse to swallow. So how does the husband explain the evidence? Could he be suggesting that his iPhone got drunk and did the dirty deed? Maybe the penguins attacked and allowed someone to access his iPhone and send the picture?

None of the above. What he actually did was tell his wife that he went to the Genius Bar at the local Apple Store who told him that it was an iPhone glitch. According to the forum posting the Apple Store staff said that "photos sometimes automatically attach themselves to an e-mail address and appear in the sent folder, even though no e-mail was ever sent."


Susan finishes her post by asking if "anyone ever heard of this happening? The future of my marriage depends on this answer!"

I hope you are sitting down Susan, here's the answer. No, I have not heard of this happening and, to be honest, it sounds almost impossible from a practical perspective. However, I have heard of husbands coming up with the most fantastic of excuses to explain why they are not having an affair even though the evidence would strongly suggest otherwise. Draw your own conclusions.

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