News concerning an ancient mobile phone, which was supposedly left behind by aliens and excavated in 2015, has electrified the internet. In the photo, we can see that the atypical phone indeed is marked with ancient cuneiform symbols, and somewhat resembles an old “3310 Nokia” phone.
It’s said that archaeologists had found an 800-year-old mobile phone in Fuschl am See in Austria.
“What a device like this with Cuneiform writing is doing in Austria is something that no one is able to fully understand or explain,” wrote conspiracy website To the Death Media. “Regrettably the information about this ‘sensational’ discovery is limited.”
Well, it was these claims and more, such as a statement made by Paranormal Crucible, claiming the phone dates back to the “13th century BCE,” that had conspiracy theorists rather excited. And we know how easily information travels these days.
Among the sites to report on this unusual discovery was Mysterious Universe, which speculated on how aliens came from the so-called planet Nibiru, also known as Planet X, and introduced cell phones to their people.
In fact, the origins of the “alien mobile phone” are very mundane. It turns out that the phone is an art piece created by a German sculptor Karl Weingärtner as a way of portraying the evolution of communication. He posted his work on Facebook, where someone called it a “BabyloNokia.” In reality, according to some evaluations, the object is not even a Nokia, but a Sony Ericsson S868.
“The photo was used without my knowledge and without my consent,” Weingärtner told HuffPost, in response to the extraordinary claims concerning his art piece.
Apparently, Weingärtner contacted Express and claimed, “I am the producer of this clay-tablet cellphone with cuneiform letters on it.” He continues, “My photo of this artwork went around the world.”
As we see, the sensational understandings turned out to be one big misunderstanding. Unfortunately, in this day and age, we are sometimes confronted with inaccurate or simply false information. But, the thought of an 800-year-old cell phone sounds pretty nifty though, right?