25 March 2009

Killer SMS spreads through Egypt

According to the latest:

The Egyptian government has sought to dispel rumours that a mobile phone text message "from unknown foreign quarters" is spreading around the country and killing those who receive it. The extraordinary move by Egypt's health and interior ministries follows press reports that an SMS containing a special combination of numbers killed a man in the town of Mallawi south of Cairo. "He died vomiting blood, followed by stroke, shortly after he received a message from an unknownphone number," the Egyptian Gazette reported on Wednesday.
Well, we here in the Elders' HQ can neither deny nor confirm this rumor. However, we have to commend the Egyptian government vigorous response to the phenomenon. Unlike some decadent Western folks that in such case will be satisfied with a limpid myth denial in Snopes:
Egypt's interior ministry has detained three workers at an oil company for allegedly starting the rumours "and they are now being interrogated," MENA said.
We can predict that at least three persons are now in danger of dying while vomiting blood...