Ancient Babylonian Cellphone Isn’t Ancient, Babylonian Nor A Nokia

Everybody loves that Steven Spielberg movie when a cute, child-friendly ET phones home.

That movie, of course, is pure fiction, but so are news reports claiming that an 800-year-old cellphone, used by extraterrestrials, has been found in Austria.

Images of that curiously shaped object are indeed remarkable. Nevertheless, even if they were genuine, they do raise an interesting point: Why would spacelings, advanced enough for interplanetary travel, not use iPhones or Androids or something even more advanced.

Instead, these ETs would “phone home” with something that looks exactly like an outdated Nokia — the sort that were popular more than a decade ago.

The truth behind this intergalactic controversy: German sculptor Karl Weingärtner created these clay objects in 2012, with lettering designed to look like they were from ancient Sumeria.

Weingärtner, who was selling the items online, posted a photo of his sculpture on Facebook where someone called it “BabyloNokia.” He has no idea why some websites got the story so wrong. And he’s angry about it.

“The photo was used without my knowledge and without my consent,” he told HuffPost. “It’s not what I wanted. I do not believe in UFOs and I do not believe in aliens.”

The story first appeared Dec. 21 on the Conspiracy Club website under the headline “800-Year-Old Mobile Phone Found In Austria? Check This Out.”

“The strange and wonderful mobile phone was found in Austria. This strange thing was discovered in an excavation in Austria,” the story claims. “It has many similarities with the wireless devices today [sic].”

The Express website used Weingärtner’s photo without attribution and followed the initial report with more detail:

“The tablet was dated to around the 13th century BCE. By that time, the Sumerian writing style — usually known as cuneiform — had already been around for a few —> Read More