TikToker mistakes Apple AirPod for Ibuprofen (video)

From William Gallagher’s “Woman swallows AirPod instead of painkiller, records audio from stomach” posted Sunday on AppleInsider:

A TikTok user has shared how she mistook one of her AirPods for Ibuprofen and accidentally swallowed it.

Saying on TikTok that she was sharing this information “for educational purposes,” the Boston-based user named @iamcarliiib, explained that she had the pill in one hand.

“I was crawling into bed,” she says in her TikTok video, “I had Ibuprofen 800 in my right hand and I had my left AirPod in my left hand.”

“I like threw something back, took my water bottle and took a sip… then realised it wasn’t the Ibuprofen,” she said. “I tried puking it up and it won’t come out.”

It did come out through the normal course of events, though @iamcarliiib says that she had an x-ray to confirm it. And also that she won’t be trying to use that AirPod again.

Separately, she has also revealed in a separate video that the swallowed AirPod was still connected to her iPhone while she was making a call.

Consequently, a voice memo she sent a friend included gurgling sounds recorded in her stomach.

Cue the (yucky) TikToc video…


For ✨educational✨ purposes heres what happened when I mixed up my #airpod and an ibuprofen. Here to share awareness #LevisMusicProject #fyp

♬ Oh No – Kreepa

My take: I wish she’d recovered the digested AirPod. Would have been cool to know if it still worked.


  1. Gregg Thurman said:
    Darwinism at work in real time.

    November 22, 2021
  2. My client’s patients swallow entire cameras on doctor’s orders. It’s called ‘capsule endoscopy.’ It takes a 1000 pics & uses Bluetooth to send those to a receiver patients carry. Don’t want to elaborate too much or it might become a TikTok craze, eh?

    November 22, 2021
  3. Gregg Thurman said:
    My Amazon branded coffee maker failed today. It was less than 6 months old. I didn’t particularly like it, so instead of waiting for a replacement will buy one locally.

    November 22, 2021
  4. Jacob Feenstra said:
    I can testify that Airpods produce great sound, but I myself am not ready yet to use it for an ultrasound exercise. And if I did, like the TikTok lady, I would not pop it in my ear again after retrieving it through “the normal course of events”.

    November 22, 2021
  5. Miguel Ancira said:
    it was a scam…there is no way you can mistake them for advil, unless you want views

    November 22, 2021
  6. Steven Philips said:
    Reinforces my opinion of “social media”!

    November 22, 2021
  7. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    I find this story hard to swallow.

    November 23, 2021
  8. Gregg Thurman said:
    Five minutes of fame?

    November 23, 2021

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