The story can't get more bizarre. An Australian biohacker named Meow-Ludo Disco Gamma Meow-Meow — yes, he legally changed his name to that — decided to embed a fare card into his arm. But instead of finding Meow-Meow's scannable limb to be good fun, the local transportation body decided to take it very seriously.
Meow-Meow had the chip cut out from the transit system's "Opal card," then had it covered in biocompatible plastic. He's allegedly able to board trains, buses and ferries by tapping his arm against card readers, though it may take a few tries.
"I can walk out of my house, forget my wallet, forget my phone and everything and I'm still going to able to interact with technology," Meow-Meow, founder of a community lab space in Sydney called Biofoundry, told Australia's ABC News.
In a Facebook Live video, Meow-Meow shows off other microchips in his hand, including one in his arm that can summon his business card on his cell phone screen when his arm taps it.
"The side of my hand is quite puffy at the moment. They're biocompatible, so they shouldn't break down over time," he said in the video. "The pain is actually a lot less than I thought it would be."
No word yet on whether he was able to get past transit officers.