More on people and stupidity

According to this Reuters article, millions of people in Pakistan have been freaking out over a prank they received over their cell phones. The prank warns the naive believers that they have been infected with a deadly virus transmitted over their phones. Yeah, ridiculous... I know... and yet how many of you keep on forwarding those stupid e-mails for fear that your luck will change or so that your wish to bone your co-worker comes true? Just because you're not Pakistani doesn't mean you can't also be stupid...

Anyway, many of the local mosques fell right into this inane trap and started warning their communities that people were being killed by a phone virus and that they should fear God's wrath. I didn't know God had a cell phone... maybe I'll call his complaint department one of these days and see what he can do about all the idiots around; hopefully he'll have a recall... or maybe I should e-mail him...

But the story doesn't end there... how could it?

Let's recap: people get the message, through their phones, that their phones are instruments of possible divine wrath, that they can become infected through them and die. What would you do? Me? If I were drunk enough to believe this crap, I'd probably throw my phone into the nearest lake as quickly as possible... problem solved.

But what do you think these geniuses did? That's right, they used their cell phones to call their cell phone providers and inquire further into the matter... Makes me feel warm inside.
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