Since Apple's iPhone 5 was first released in the United States, people have been itching to get their hands on it -- staying up late waiting for it to be available for preorder at midnight and even standing in long lines for hours to be among the first to purchase it. So a group of pranksters in the Netherlands thought it would be funny to play a trick on people who are eagerly anticipating owning the phone.
The iPhone 5 will be released in the Netherlands this Friday, and jokesters from the website iPhone5.nl thought it would be humorous if people were to stumble upon a new iPhone in the middle of Leidseplein, a busy square in Amsterdam -- but there was a catch. They used Super Glue to secure the device to the pavement and set up a hidden camera to capture people's perplexed reactions as they tried to pick up the phone.
Person after person approached, surprised to spot a new iPhone just lying on the street, and tried to pick it up. Some made multiple attempts to grab the phone. People even tried to kick the phone loose, but to no avail.
The video was uploaded to YouTube and quickly went viral. Reactions on Twitter were unanimous: This prank is hilarious! One user called it "brilliant" and another said the prank was "nicely done." So these unassuming strangers may have been the butt of a joke, but who can blame them for trying to get their hands on a new iPhone 5? It is the most popular smartphone in the world. Today, Apple reported that more than 5 million iPhones had been sold in the three days since it hit stores in the United States.
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