Ok. So about ten days or so ago, my Ipod died on me. I had planned to begin podcasting my lectures for my black politics class, among other things. All for naught. I took it to the Genius Bar at the Apple Store, and the assistant charged it, listened to it…and told me the bad news.

“Your hard drive is fried.”

At that point I had a couple of options. I could get it replaced–if I had a warranty–or I could go through a third party vendor to get it repaired…and this would probably cost more money than I paid for it in the first place. So I ordered another one, and stewed because I never got around to buying that warranty.

Then, running a google search on “do it yourself ipod repair” I came across this post. I didn’t have to fork out an arm and a leg…all I had to do was spend a little bit of loot to get a new hard drive.

But in reading the responses to the post, one comment popped up over and over again.

“All you had to do was smack it.”

Now at first I thought these commenters were just clowning. Yeah. Smack an Ipod and it’ll get better. Sounds like SERIOUS issues doesn’t it? But after reading several more like them I began to think that maybe there was something to it.

So I pulled my IPod out, attached it to the charger so i could turn it on….and I gave it a nice whack.

At first? Nothing.

But I’ll be damned if the IPod didn’t start working on the second go round.

Talking to one of my boys about it he said “So basically what you’re telling me is that your Ipod went soft and you had to bitch-slap it to make it better.”