A friend of mine who shall remain nameless emailed to report that he'd washed his iPod shuffle (twice) and it had survived the washing machine...sort of. A Google search revealed that he is not alone. iPods have been washed, and they have survived. Does this qualify as a meme?
Considering what one pays for the Whirlpool Duet and Maytag Nepture, perhaps high-end washers should come with a pre-wash scan for electronic devices.