In an episode of the TV comedy series Arrested Development, Tobias Funkë accidentally takes a picture of his genitals with a borrowed mobile phone.
The picture makes its way to a federal prosecutor’s office and finally into the hands of the FBI and the CIA, where it is mistaken for a satellite photograph of Iraq.
Through a careful analysis of the geography of wrinkles and moles, the US Military confirms the locations of several Weapons of Mass Destruction. A massive invasion and attack plan is prepared. Air, sea, and ground forces are mobilized.
Meanwhile, Tobias is watching the TV news. The map on which the government is basing their invasion is displayed on the screen. Tobias is shocked. He glances down at his groin, then says in dismay: “I’m on… TV…”
Originally aired on December 12, 2004, this is possibly the earliest recorded incident of sexting.
And it’s a humorous example of a common outcome of the practice: unintended public display of one’s nether regions. Continue reading