How Not To Cook An Egg With A Phone (But Still Create A Viral Hoax Sensation)
from the the-madness-of-blogs dept
David Goldenberg writes "Over the past week, Slashdot, BoingBoing, Digg, and many others have posted a link to a article detailing how to cook an egg using two mobile phones. This story is a hoax. Over at Gelf Magazine, I talked with the article's author, who told me he never expected so many people would take it seriously. It's also a testament to the cyclical power of the internet: He wrote the piece six years ago. Here's a snip: "No other page on the site has grabbed people's attention and ire button as much as this one. What seems to be happening is that it 'travels' from blog to blog, forum to forum. It was big in Australia last year and seems to be big in the US right now." According to Ivermee, the article got almost 50,000 hits during one week in September last year and last week got 18,500 hits. That number is sure to rise even more this week. Why did he write the piece? "It was 6 years ago but I seem to recall that there was a lot of concern about people's brains getting fried and being from a radio/electronics background I found it all rather silly," he writes. "So I thought I'd add to the silliness." "