Over the past few days, the Internet has sparked with Apple-Samsung verdict as the federal jury slapped Samsung with a $1 billion penalty for violating Apple’s patent rights. In the wake of this, there have been rumors spreading in the past couple of days that Samsung cleared the $1 billion penalty by paying it in 5 cent coins.
The rumor on Samsung paying Apple in nickels spread like wildfire. It is reported to be spreading from the website MobileEntertainment, however, it is known that it originated from a Mexico-based parody website El Deforma, which was then carried over by 9gag users and made it as a cartoon.
The actual message that was spreading across Twitter and Facebook was this:
“Yesterday, more than 30 trucks filled with five cent coins arrived at Apple’s headquarters in California. Apple security were in the process of freaking out before Apple CEO Tim Cook was called by Samsung explaining that they will pay all of the $1.05 billion they owe Apple in coins, and this was the first instalment”.
Funny, but sadly this is not true and Samsung did not pay Apple by sending trucks filled with nickels. When I first read about it and tweeted stating that it is a hoax, I never thought the same rumor would spread this far.
Twitter user Ken Tindell tweeted, “a nickel weighs 5g. It would take 2,755 18-wheeler trucks (max legal tare 80,000 lbs) to carry the money.” Just for fun, here’s how much a billion dollars in nickels would weigh: At 5g each that’s 0.005 kg x 20,000,000,000 = 100,000,000 kg = 100,000 tonnes.
As a matter of fact, Samsung hasn’t been ordered to pay the $1 billion to Apple yet. It’s just a jury’s verdict. According to The Guardian, “Samsung’s fine ($1.049bn) isn’t yet payable; the judge hasn’t ruled. All we have is the jury’s verdict. The judge’s decision, which could include a tripling of the fine, is due on 20 September (or possibly 6 December now; it’s unclear). Until then, Samsung only has to pay its lawyers. That should be less than $1bn”.
The funny part was Yahoo considered this as story and featured it on one of its pages!