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Good for the economy, but bad for the consumer?
…and a hoax to boot
taken from the Metro, Friday 14 July 2006
It was the story that had mobile phone users wondering whether their brains were being scrambled.
But a report about cooking an egg with a handset, that has plagued the Internet, has been revealed as nothing more than a big yolk.
The legend of ‘Mobile Cooking’ started life on a website about a imaginary village called Wymsey.
A feature by ‘reporter’ Suzzanna Decantworth claimed an egg which was placed between two connected mobile phones would cook in three minutes.
Many people failed to spot the irony in the website’s name and copied the article for their blogs and websites.
It was also e-mailed around the world.
People even tried to replicate the experiment to see if it worked ‘ including two Russian journalists, who claimed to have managed the feat after 65 minutes.
Now the man behind the report has been revealed as Charlie Ivermee, who created the Wymsey Chronicle in 1998 wymsey.co.uk.
He is a 60-year-old archivist at a Southampton legal practice, and has written almost all the pieces on the Wymsey site, including the egg article in 2000.
He said yesterday: ‘I really underestimated how many people would take it seriously.’
In one week last September, his website received almost 50,000 hits.
Health expert Dr Michael Clarke insisted there was ‘no way’ an egg could be cooked with a mobile phone.
‘It is an urban myth,’ he added.
Thanks for tracking the source to eggheads. I was just about to attempt the experiment at an altitude of 4,000 feet with the egg set on an ergonomic chair.
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