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Man with Hitler speech ringtone faces jail

A man in Hamburg, Germany, is sitting on a train when his cell phone goes off to the tune of an Adolf Hitler speech pledging the "destruction of world Jewry."

People's enthusiasm for technology can sometimes overpower their enthusiasm for common sense.

According to the Telegraph, a 54-year-old man was seated on a train in Hamburg, Germany, when his Nokia cell phone rang.

Its tune disturbed many in the carriage because instead of a cheery Europop ditty, it was a speech given by Adolf Hitler in which he pledged "the destruction of world Jewry."

This, according to the photographer, is the parking space beneath which was Hitler's bunker in Berlin. CC Pinguino/Flickr

What possessed this man to be so spectacularly mindless as to display his Naziness for all to hear might be beyond all psychology. However, when police arrested him, he reportedly not only possessed swastika stickers, but also had a photograph of Hitler on his cell phone, with the motto "the greatest commander of all time."

Because Germany has laws against public displays of Nazism, the man will reportedly face up to six months in jail.

While some might feel that this is a peculiarly German tale, there is quite a spectrum of anti-Semitic, racist, and other disturbing ringtone content to be purloined on the Web. (The lyrics--and the titles themselves--are not suitable for anywhere.)

And when Cingular was still around, it removed from its own site a ringtone that celebrated the deportation of Latin-American immigrants.

There seems to be no limit to the extent to which some people wish to use technology to publicly celebrate their less lovable sides.