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Japanese farmers are claiming some shipments of grain from the USA include smartphones.

The phones' presence isn't an Internet of Things play. Nor is it a new food craze.

Instead, as reported by Japanese news outlet Mainichi, (through the Associated Press), it appears that US farmers are dropping their phones while they work in grain silos.

At least one such lost phone recently showed up in Japan, eight months after its owner saw it sail from his pocket.

Oklahoma farmer Kevin Whitney said he received a call from Eric Slater, a worker with the Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, who had been called by a Japanese farmer who found the phone and wanted to return it to its rightful owner.

Slater says he gets about one such call each month, making grain-infused phones quite the thing.

Happily, it appears none have yet found their way into smartphone sandwiches. ®

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