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17 July 2008

The things you see and learn. You probably knew, but this is new to me. Wow!
If this is old news you can tell me I'm living in a cave.
posted by LoriFLA 17 July | 17:55
posted by me3dia 17 July | 17:55
Thanks, me3dia. I should have known! So every group of people is either photo editing or have a portable stove under the table? Is that why there are tablecloths on all of the tables? Hmmm.
posted by LoriFLA 17 July | 18:00
I fell for it, forwarded it to a few friends and then I click inside the thread to see the debunk. Now I look silly.
posted by special-k 17 July | 18:21
Nuts. I called out to one of my kids to come watch this. Now I've gotta tell him it's not possible. Neat video, though.
posted by redvixen 17 July | 18:53
I did the same thing, Special-K. Then I had to send the Wired story.

This reminds me of the improv group in NYC that I heard on TAL that would fake people out for the fun of it. It really wasn't improv at all. It was very well planned and rehearsed. It was sort of cruel.

Anyway, this popcorn trick wasn't cruel but seemed totally random to me. I was skeptical but wanted to believe!
posted by LoriFLA 17 July | 19:57
One of the phones is the same model I have. Does that make me Internet Famous?
posted by theora55 17 July | 21:25
My Dad sent it to me, I fell for it too, and then I researched it because I figured there would be some scientific explanation. Sadly, the debunk soon followed. It was such a bummer because I was going to post it here, too!
posted by Miko 17 July | 22:35
My first thought at the pop was "What the holy shit!?" i wanted to believe and i wanted to blame the fat phones.

i like when the guy at the end goes, "You know what that means--"
posted by ethylene 17 July | 22:48
Text at bottom of page: Il parait que si on met quelques grains de maïs devant des téléphones portables, les ondes émises lors d'un appel ferait assez de chaleur pour transformer le maïs en pop-corn. Je vous rassure c'est un fake, une publicté virale pour la marque Cardo, un fabricant d’oreillettes Bluetooth.

Rough translation: It appears that if you put corn in front of cellphones, the waves generated during a call create enough heat to pop the corn. I can assure you that this is a fake, and that it's viral advertising for Cardo, a Bluetooth device manufacturer.

Shame - I was about to go and try it...
posted by altolinguistic 18 July | 03:38
Those films are virals for Bluetooth headset retailer called Cardo Systems. See: Murketing revealed: Mobile phones can not pop popcorn.

(I hate viral ads that do the whole 'lets fool people' thing to become viral. I'm such an old fart.)
posted by dabitch 18 July | 04:41
(also because I'm never allowed to write anything about it while it's "embargoed" and often watch people fall for shit for like a week before I can finally post who dunnit - and by then I'm so over it I just post "X did Y" instead of a proper writeup)
posted by dabitch 18 July | 04:42
Watchmen trailer. || Yaaaaaaaaaay!