Egyptian social media platforms have been buzzing with controversy over the past few hours regarding the placement of a used car ad on the front page of Al-Ahram newspaper. The incident is rare and has raised many questions among users, considering the considerable amount of space the ad took up.
Let us delve into the controversy, conspiracy theories, and clarifications surrounding the advertisement.
Social media users were surprised to see an advertisement for a used Jeep Wrangler on the front page of Al-Ahram, one of the largest Egyptian and Arab newspapers. The advertisement took up a significant amount of space on the front page, leading many to wonder why a used car ad was placed in such a prominent position, especially since the cost of advertising on the front page of Al-Ahram is considered exorbitant compared to the price of the car.
What made things ever strange was the email potential buyers should communicate with, email@example.com. It’s worth nothing that Universe 25 was a social experiment, which we’ll dive deep into further in this article.
Social Media’s Reaction
Many social media users questioned the placement of the advertisement and its description, which they found strange and almost as if there was some code or cipher in it. Typically, the front page of Al-Ahram is reserved for government advertisements, major companies, or expensive properties. The unusual advertisement’s publication without any means of communication with the owner except an email address located in a European country has led to some conspiracy theories.
Clarifications About the Ad
Sources at Al-Ahram confirmed that the advertisement did not violate any code or standard. The publication of the advertisement in this manner without any means of communication with the owner except an email address located in a European country has led to some conspiracy theories. The controversy over the advertisement highlights the power of social media and the potential for conspiracy theories to emerge in today’s digital age.
Hisham Sakr, a member of the board of directors of the institution and general manager of the advertising department, clarified that what was published on the front page of Al-Ahram was a regular advertisement for an Egyptian person. Some people include a contact number, while some include their own website. The email address provided by the advertiser was the only means of communication they chose to provide.
The owner of the controversial car advertisement, engineer W.M., commented on the details of the advertisement to Masrawy, stating that he is not responsible for any justifications or explanations resulting from people’s lack of Ramadan riddles. He added that he has received very good offers for the car and is waiting for the best price. Anyone who wants to buy or learn more details can contact him through the designated email address in the advertisement.
Some social media users have expressed concerns that the advertisement may be a sign or code that only the owner knows the details of. The email address provided by the advertiser for communication has also raised suspicion due to the phrase “universe 25,” which was linked to a behavioral study on overcrowding and its relationship to societal collapse conducted on mice in the 1960s. The study revealed symptoms of stress, isolation, aggression, sexual deviance, parental failure, and increasing violence, culminating in total chaos.
Universe 25: The Rise and Fall of a Mouse Utopia
Universe 25 was a laboratory experiment conducted by John B. Calhoun at the National Institute of Mental Health in Maryland, USA, in 1968. The experiment aimed to create a mouse utopia, a self-sustaining colony where mice could live in perfect harmony without the usual struggles for resources such as food, water, and shelter. The experiment was designed to provide unlimited resources for the mice and observe their social behavior in a controlled environment.
The experiment started with four breeding pairs of mice, which were placed in a 9-foot square enclosure known as Universe 25. The enclosure was equipped with everything the mice could need, including food, water, nesting materials, and hiding places. The enclosure was designed to be mouse-proof, meaning that no mouse could escape or enter the enclosure from the outside.
At the beginning of the experiment, the mice population grew at a steady rate, doubling every 55 days. However, after day 315, the population started to explode, doubling every 145 days. The population peaked at 2,200 mice and then began to decline due to limited resources and social breakdown.
As the population grew, the mice started to exhibit abnormal behaviors, such as aggression, territoriality, and withdrawal. The mice became socially isolated, and the females stopped nursing their young. The population started to decline due to a lack w social cohesion, stress, and disease. By day 600, the population had declined to 600 mice, and by day 900, there were only a few mice left, mostly males. The experiment was terminated after day 1,084, when there were no more mice left alive.
The Implications of Universe 25
Universe 25 was a landmark experiment that revealed the consequences of overpopulation, resource depletion, and social breakdown. The experiment showed that in a closed system with unlimited resources, a population can grow exponentially, but it will eventually collapse due to social breakdown, stress, and disease. The experiment has been used as a model to study the effects of overpopulation and resource depletion on human societies.
Lessons for Humans
Universe 25 has important lessons for humans, especially in the context of urbanization and overpopulation. The experiment shows that in a society with unlimited resources, people can become socially isolated, stressed, and unhealthy. The experiment highlights the importance of social cohesion, community, and resource management in creating a sustainable and healthy society.
The controversy surrounding the placement of a used car ad on the front page of Al-Ahram newspaper demonstrates the power of social media and the potential for conspiracy theories to emerge in today’s digital age. Despite clarifications that the advertisement was a regular advertisement for an Egyptian person, social media users continue to speculate and discuss the incident.