A British guy has proudly displayed his Kate Middleton jelly bean to the nation, and he’s already planning to sell it on eBay for a tidy sum.
The web has been buzzing over a yellow jellybean with a faint outline of the incoming Princess of England. Split-screen shots of the two are used in certain images: long flowing hair, a slight grin, and a discernible face shape are stippled in a sequence of red dots.
Wesley Hosie, 25, during an interview with Britain’s The Daily Telegraph, claimed he was eating a package of jellybeans from The Jellybean Factory with his fiancée Jessica White when he noticed Kate Middleton’s face in the treats.
Although the bean has still to emerge on eBay, royal watchers will be paying close attention to it. Hosie, a trainee accountant, claimed he wants £500 (€567) for it.
In a recent turn of events, the article link generated a online trend with people created fake titled links for amusement.
The initial URL had stated, “/kate-middleton-jelly-bean-expected-to-fetch-500”. But users altered the URL before sharing it as a link to social media platform Twitter.
One of the versions read, “utter-PR-fiction-but-people-love-this-stuff-so-lets-just-print it.” After a few hours, there were more than 20 fake URLs on Google, linking to the funny royal account.
One person who bore the grunt of the trend was Jack Riley, the Head of Digital Audience at the Independent. Riley took the rest of the day to reassure confused users that the links shared online and on social media platforms were a hoax. He explained the fake URLs as a feature on The Independent’s webpage that allowed readers to change the last section of a URL as long as they retained the unique identifying number.
Because users may misspell a title or the Independent may modify a headline as the story progresses, the option to update URLs is a useful tool.