Yes, even we posted that Thomas Martel altered his thumbs to better use the iPhone - it's been all over the Internet, and even appeared at a place as studious in their research as ZDNet. But, sorry to say, it's a hoax, and all it required was a little thought and research to debunk it. I suppose we've seen the birth of a new urban legend.
Just Google it to see how many fell for it. But a
little investigation shows how faux it really is.
First of all … why would he need to do this? As the story said,
“From my old Treo, to my Blackberry, to this new iPhone, I had a hard
time hitting the right buttons, and I always lost those little
styluses.” Well, the Treo has buttons but the iPhone does not.
Secondly, Google for “whittling” and you won’t find a surgical procedure anywhere on the web called that.
And finally, as RealTechNews says ... the North Denver News editor came clean and said "Strangely, while many readers have grasped that 'Surgically alters
thumbs' represents satirical social commentary, many on the internet,
alas, have not." I suppose that would be the final nail in the coffin of this story. :-)