More scorn than usual has been heaped upon conspiracy theorists this week, with supposed schematics for a 5G chip hidden within the COVID-19 vaccine being exposed as nothing but those of a guitar pedal’s.
The humorous situation was first pointed out by Mario Fusco, a developer at Red Hat, who took to Twitter to point out that an image had been doing the rounds in Italy, supposedly exposing the schematics of the microchip apparently being placed into the current COVID-19 vaccine.
“Here in Italy people started to share this figure claiming that this is the diagram of the 5G chip that has been inserted in the covid vaccine,” he explained. “In reality it is the electric circuit of a guitar pedal and I believe that putting it in the covid vaccine has been an excellent idea.”
Here in Italy people started to share this figure claiming that this is the diagram of the 5G chip that has been inserted in the covid vaccine.
In reality it is the electric circuit of a guitar pedal and I believe that putting it in the covid vaccine has been an excellent idea💡 pic.twitter.com/qXKnv7VVly
— Mario Fusco 🇪🇺 (@mariofusco) December 28, 2020
The guitar pedal in question is the Boss MT-2 Metal Zone, a somewhat infamous pedal used by guitarists the world over, including members of Korn, Biffy Clyro, Converge, and Disturbed.
Most interestingly though, one doesn’t even need to be a tech genius to work out that there’s something wrong with the supplied schematics and its apparently intended use, especially considering it highlights sections such as “footswitch”, “bass”, “treble”, “mid”, and – most intriguingly – “volume”.
Many Twitter users have been quick to add a comical touch to the situation, with one noting that they hope a power supply will be included in the second round of vaccines, while another asked if this meant they’d be able to play the guitar after receiving the vaccine.
While it’s not quite clear how the image managed to spread so quickly, it appears as though the original picture was created by Seattle-based biohacking firm Dangerous Things, who posted the satirical image on their Instagram page just before Christmas.