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There were unforeseen benefits when a giant inflatable replica of a human colon was stolen last October from the University of Kansas Cancer Center in Kansas City. The model was intended as an interactive educational tool to increase the public’s cancer awareness, so the purpose of the prank is unclear. However, the story swept the globe on social media: the #stolencolon hashtag was shared more than 6,500 times, resulting in some 36 million impressions. The theft prompted 962 online reports, potentially reaching 955,302,697 people.