No, Samsung did not pay Apple $1 billion in five cent coins

No, Samsung did not pay Apple $1 billion in five cent coins
Several days ago, Apple scored a major legal victory against Samsung, which is why the Korean company now owes $1.05 billion to Cupertino. And obviously, the money has not been transferred yet since Samsung intends to appeal the judge's decision. Therefore, as hilarious as it may seem, Samsung did not really pay Apple its humongous fine with 30 truckloads of five cent coins, in contrast to what is claimed by some well-tailored story that is now circulating the web. 

The story, according to which Samsung sent 30 trucks full of nickels to Apple's office in California, is a hoax that can be traced back to a meme originally posted on 9gag. Sure, it would have been hilarious if it were true, but there is no way for that to have happened. You see, doing so would have required 21 billion five cent coins to have been collected, which is more nickels than there are currently in circulation in the U.S. And if that is not enough, since each coin weighs 5 grams, their total weight would have been over 100,000 tons. Needless to say, it would have taken far more than 30 trucks for that cargo to be delivered.

So yeah, it is a cool trolling story, yet a fake one nonetheless. Or as Abraham Lincoln once put it: "Don't believe everything that you read on the internet."

source: IBTimes via Neowin



1. MeoCao unregistered

It sounds more like SJ's way of doing this thing. He would pay the money in coins of different denominations and demand the payee to count every one under his watch.

2. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

What was ur point with this post. It made no sense at all.

25. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

no point its just one of those funny articles with no point or meaning to it

3. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

abraham Lincoln said that? hahahaha. well, i still wish it was true. we did this on a school payment once. professor was pissed with counting, ever since he made all fees exact and such.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the ending line was golden. I liked it. :)

9. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

and he was a math teacher. lol. hahaha.

35. prisilla111

Posts: 12; Member since: May 29, 2012

Hey are you still on here remixfa?

32. abiug.gc

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

he was a vampire hunter not an article┬┤s hunter lol

4. sp3llv3xit

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 15, 2011

Don't you get sick of the stories about how this schoolyard bully kicks people around? Someone should stick it to Apple and maybe roast this fruit with marshmallows.

5. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Samsung should pay in trucks of apples

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That would probably be the best trolling act I've ever heard of. You are a genus!

21. Aeires unregistered

Only if they were Macintosh apples.

31. levvy

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

a little addition: trucks of "ROTTEN STINKY" apples.

7. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

nice little gag at the end of the story nick. u apple fanboy

8. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011


28. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

some1 thumbed down me laughing lolz...

27. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

who cares. this is just hilarious

10. prisilla111

Posts: 12; Member since: May 29, 2012

WTF. Lincoln didn't know anything about the internet. If I know my history, he was 2 busy killing Vampires.

12. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

That awkward moment when you read this meme on 9gag and knew it would start a rumor like this.

13. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

They should pay apple in pennies. thats alot of damn pennies

14. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Wasn't Lincoln known for driving a Mercury vehicle to continental breakfasts? Hence, the Lincoln Continental. Then dropping a load afterwards. Lincoln Logs. It's on the internet. Look it up. :)

15. wayee1

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

OMG !! PLASE thsi history is funny..! but !: write a article ...! omg! sooo ...

16. wayee1

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

samsung pay ! to apple! in chupy chupy! :;D

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yeah, no way this would have been real. Now there was a case of one guy paying another a court settlement of thousands in pennies. Heard that one on the radio like, a decade ago.

18. Savage unregistered

How I wish it were true. But it's impossible. I read somewhere it would take atleast 347 trucks (had a lot of statistics and calculations) to transport the $1 billion. Not possible with current gas prices.

19. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

How about $1 coins!

20. Aeires unregistered

I heard it was dimes, they wanted to show Apple how it felt to have them dropped on you.

22. bantheiphonedotcom

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

How could anyone believe this story, when there is an appeal process starting....

23. chris_t610

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Phonearena, aren't you getting tired of this kind of story to tell? Frankly, this stuff is starting to sound rather ridiculous and yet you keep fanning the flames of the issue, put a lid on it please. Just go back to what you do best; and that is reviewing and reporting gadgets which is the main core of existence of this website anyway. As for the legal matters in between companies, best you leave that to the court and lawyers. Unless you want to shift to becoming LawArena.

26. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

lol. can't you laugh once in a while. this is the only samsung v apple related story that doesn't have mass apple vs android flaming

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