Published 07/01/2012 | 05:00
• After having dug an ancient archaeological site to a depth of 100 metres last year, British scientists found copper wire dating back 200 years and came to the conclusion our ancestors already had a telephone network back then.
Not to be outdone, in the weeks that followed an American archaeologist dug to a depth of 200 metres and shortly after, a story appeared in the 'New York Times': "American archaeologists, finding traces of 300-year-old copper wire, have concluded that their ancestors already had an advanced communications network 100 years earlier than the British."
One week later, the Irish Department of Heritage reported the following: "After digging a ditch as deep as 300 metres, Mick O'Connor, a self-taught Irish archaeologist, reported that he found absolutely nothing! Mick, therefore, concluded that 400 years ago, Ireland had already gone wireless."