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A Cell phone in Your Mouth -- No Tooth to That!

Do you remember 2002? The Angels beat the Giants in the World Series. Mozilla 1.0 debuted. Star Wars fans saw Clones Attack. And two British engineers were close to debuting a cell phone embedded within a tooth. The hype became so feverish that the product-to-be landed on Time Magazine's 2002 Best Inventions list.

The problem? The molar mobile phone was a fake, conjured up by designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau. What started out as a graduate-school project for the Royal College of Art quickly escalated into a media hoax -- nudged, admitedly by Auger and Loizeau, but rocketed by rabid reporters and internet misinformation.

Check out Wired for the rest of this interesting story.