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A Brazilian Christian sect has allegedly sought to exorcise the Universal Serial Bus (USB) because its symbol resembles a pitchfork, favoured sinner-spiking implement of one Old Nick, esq.

Well, they do say the Devil has the best tines...

The cult in question, which calls itself Paz do Senhor Amado - "Peace of the beloved Lord" - says, not surprisingly, that this clearly Satanic symbol should be cast out. Or at least unplugged.

USB symbol

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Bluetooth, however, is fine, Paz do Senhor Amado preacher Welder Saldanha, told Brazilian site Bobolhando, because blue is the colour of Jesus' eyes.

Bluetooth is, of course, named after a Danish king of customart Medieval viciousness, immorality and oath-breaking, though he did eventually convert to Christianity.

Whatever, before sniggering too much at human credulity, it's worth bearing in mind that, as the Guardian - also late to the story - tells us, Bobohando runs rather a lot of joke stories as well as real ones.

The story, we note, is bylined Acidez Bucal - "acid mouth" - which doesn't inspire confidence. However, the source, one Thiago Caetano, Tweeted at the time that the tale is legit. ®

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