Chubby Checker Sues HP Over Penis Size App
It would be difficult for this story to get any weirder
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2013 1:20 PM CST
Chubby Checker performs on the Grandstand Stage on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, as the headline act at the 154th Bloomsburg Fair in Bloomsburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May)

(Newser) – Somehow "Chubby Checker," "Hewlett-Packard," and "penis size" have all ended up in the same story. It seems there was once an app for HP's Palm OS platform called "The Chubby Checker," but it had nothing to do with the singer. Rather, it allowed women to plug in their beau's shoe size and be told the size of his "member." Needless to say, the real Chubby Checker (whose real name is Ernest Evans, but who has "Chubby Checker" trademarked) is not happy. He's suing HP and Palm for hosting the app, webOS Nation reports.

It was created by a developer called Magic Apps and was downloaded only 84 times before being removed from the App Catalog in September 2012, but Checker thinks the fact that it used his name is likely to make people associate him "with the obscene, sexual connotation and images," according to the lawsuit. Also, he never got paid for the use of his name, and people who bought the app were "misled into believing [Checker] endorsed" it. Based on the low number of downloads, Checker would probably be looking at about only $90 in damages.

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Feb 18, 2013 8:53 AM CST
This 71yr old has-been might make $90 in "compensation", but he has earned $9000 in ribald laughter. Fool!
Feb 15, 2013 8:54 PM CST
I wear a 10XW and I'll be darned if I am cutting off 4" to satisfy some dumb program! Hey Chubby, how's that Skandinavian Wife working out? Oh Divorced years ago huh? Sorry 'bout dat.
Feb 15, 2013 5:11 PM CST
HP is a corporation--they're going to use anything and everything to con people into spending money on worthless crap.