It seems anything can sound real online, and 9GAG.com proved just that with their story on Samsung's "payment" of 30 trucks of 5-cent coins.
Paperblog.com carried a story allegedly originating from 9gag.com, a website described to be "reserved for z-list memes and screenshots of Facebook statuses."
The accompanying slideshow carries a meme with the Samsung coins rumour.
According to paperblog.com, 30 trucks arrived at the Apple headquarters in California. The security did not let the trucks in over scheduling and authorization issues, but a CEO-to-CEO phone call supposedly prompted security to clear the way for the trucks.
It gets even funnier, according to the hoax news: The legal documents signed by Apple and Samsung did not specify a manner of payment by which Samsung could pay Apple for patent infringement.
The paperblog story also quoted Lee Kun-hee, Chairman of Samsung Electronics, as saying:
"You can use your coins to buy refreshments at the little machine for life or melt the coins to make computers, that's not my problem, I already paid them and fulfilled the law."
The delivery of more trucks were supposedly to be completed within a week's time.
At the end of its story, paperblog noted: "You didn't think this could be real right? but hey! you loved it (sic)"
On Tumblr and other social networks, users posted various reactions on the news. Others rode on the issue by expressing how they felt about Samsung as device maker.
@JayLongshaw: If you lose, lose like the Koreans. "Samsung pays Apple $1B dollars in 5 cent coins. en.paperblog.com/
@roomthinker: Rudimentary mathematics on that Samsung coins story should have rang alarm bells. Assuming a coin weighs 5g, they'd need about 2750 trucks
@msheshtawy: that news about Samsung paying in 30 trucks of 5 cents is not true, and it's a troll by someone from 9gag, yet it would've been awesome.