After digging to a depth of 100m last year, Scottish scientists found traces of copper
wiring dating back 1000 years, and came to the conclusion that their ancestors already
had a telephone network one thousand years ago.
So as not to be outdone, in the weeks that followed, English scientists dug 200m,
and the headlines in the London newspapers read: "English scientists have found traces
of 2000 year old optical fibres, and have concluded that their ancestors already
had advanced high-tech digital telephone 1000 years earlier than the Scots."
One week later, the Irish press reported the following: "After digging as deep as
500m, Irish scientists have found absolutely nothing. They have concluded that 5000
years ago, their ancestors were already using mobile phones.