How Smart Appliances Might Get You Busted for Cheating

#WashingMachineGate, smart appliances and smarter spouses.

Taru Anniina Liikanen
3 min readFeb 11, 2023
Photo by Onur Binay on Unsplash

This week has been a feast for Argentinian news channels and tabloids.

A cheating scandal that’s so juicy it’s been the number one trending topic on Twitter several days in a row.

Now, celebrities cheating is pretty common, at least in Argentina, but this case had something entirely new to offer.

What caught the cheater was a smart washing machine.

Yep, betcha didn’t think that could happen.

Argentinian Nepo Baby

The antihero of this story is the kid of two famous actors turned actor himself, a true Argentinian nepo baby named Federico Bal, or Fede.

I’m not super aware of Argentinian celebrity gossip, but I had heard his name before, a couple of years ago as he was battling colon cancer in his early thirties.

Poor guy, I thought. It’s a rough disease that’s becoming more and more common among relatively young people, and it’s really aggressive.

But Fede was one of the lucky ones. After chemo, he was able to get back to his normal life and full-time job as a public personality. And actor too, sure, but he’s always…



Taru Anniina Liikanen

Stand-up comedian and recovering political ghostwriter. Finnish by birth, porteña at heart. Bad jokes frequent.