Cellphone popcorn hoax revealed as viral marketing scam

The hoax, prompted by videos in which people popped popcorn with the radiation from their cellphones, was for a Bluetooth headset company named Cardo. I’d ding them for promoting bad science, but I have to admit as far as marketing goes, they did their job.

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12 Responses to Cellphone popcorn hoax revealed as viral marketing scam

  1. Halloween Jack says:

    I’m with Skeptobot. It’s like a company that sells hand-sterilizer lotion doing an ad showing someone getting HIV from a toilet seat.

  2. Anonymous says:

    So this got 8 million people so worried they all ran out and bought a mini microwave to strap to their heads ;-)

  3. BetterLivingThroughScience says:

    what’s the hoax?

  4. Honad says:

    Basically that you can pop popcorn with the heat/radiation/magic/sweetness of your cell phone.

  5. HeatherB says:

    The actors were terrible. The popcorn did a better job at faking it than they did.

  6. Anonymous says:

    saw this on cnn alot of people fell for it, they sold 8 million blue tooth headsets since the videos hit the web, and its not just this one, there is another i know of with guys drinkin beers around a black table

  7. Skeptobot says:

    “I’d ding them for promoting bad science, but I have to admit as far as marketing goes, they did their job.”

    Shame on you Joel I expected better from you.

    Promoting preposterous science that actively undermines the publics understanding of radiation doesn’t get a pass just because they were trying to sell something!

  8. Jack says:

    Who believed those videos were real. They are clearly produced and the actors are clearly acting.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Fake you!

  10. Anonymous says:

    You can get HIV from toilet seats?!

  11. Anonymous says:

    I thought the popcorn I popped with my iPhone after seeing this video tasted fake.

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