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Telekommunications some ages ago

Axel Hoffmann - Mon Jul 23 14:31:58 2001

After digging to a depth of 100m last year, Russian 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, American 
scientists dug 200m, and headlines in the US newspapers read: 
"US 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 Russians." 

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." 

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