Bullet-proof vest? You mean a Nokia-lined jacket.
Since the dawn of the mobile phone, there’s been one brand that we all unanimously agree is totally indestructible. Drop it from a building, flush it down the loo, or throw it at the wall when you’ve lost your high score on Snake. No matter what you put a Nokia phone through, it always seems to survive to tell the tale.
Still, while these phones may seem unbreakable, how do you think they’d fair should one come up against a bullet? In the deep, dark, depths of the internet there are many stories both weird and wonderful – and, of course, this one is no different.
Just a few days ago, a guy called Peter Skillman shared a rather surprising image on Twitter. The picture in question shows the Nokia 301 with what appears to be a bullet lodged inside it.
Along with the image, which I am sure you’ll agree is quite something, is Skillman’s rather matter of fact tweet. He writes, “A Nokia phone I worked on a few years ago saved the life of a man in Afghanistan last week. The embedded bullet…”
A Nokia phone I worked on a few years ago saved the life of a man in Afghanistan last week. The embedded bullet…. pic.twitter.com/O2zBxadkDO
— peter skillman (@peterskillman) October 5, 2016
If we’re to believe this story, it’s one of the most jaw-dropping tales in Nokia’s history. It could be a scene from a Nokia sponsored action movie in which the protagonist is just about to be undone by a bullet straight to the chest. As it rips through him, our character topples backward in agonising pain.
The audience is sure he’s dead. No one could survive that blow. This is the end for sure… But then, a subtle twitch of a finger. The audience gasp. A few moments later, he smugly reveals the secret of his survival, pulling out the bullet encrusted in his trusty Nokia. Luckily, it was in his breast pocket the whole time.
What I’m trying to say is that this story seems, well, just a little far-fetched.
The people of the internet seem to think so, as well as some Twitter users who were quick to point out the flaws in this guy’s brief tale. After receiving lots of messages asking for specifics, Skillman replied by revealing that the Nokia 301 was given to him by a co-worker. He also tweeted out a link from 2012 to a strikingly similar news post.
Other Twitter users pounced on the opportunity to share some amusing Nokia memes. Because why not.
— Андрей Плотников (@andreykaplotnik) October 5, 2016
— Андрей Плотников (@andreykaplotnik) October 6, 2016
Whether you believe it or not, it’s a heart-warming story (and an excellent opportunity for Nokia!). Just to be clear, though, you should never use or depend upon a mobile phone for armour. While Nokias may have a reputation as indestructible bricks, you should draw the line at ballistics.