In other news - man bites, dog, pigeon beats broadband
So which is faster? Broadband or pigeon? 100 years ago, the answer would be pigeon since broadband wasn't even a fifth generation twinkle in an engineer's eye. Today, it's surely no contest. Give a bird a memory stick and ask it to race a bunch of wires in the ground, and surely there can be only one winner. It probably would be true - unless you're in South Africa.
To prove they were being shilled by the country's biggest broadband provider, a Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old racing pigeon against Telkom's ADSL service. Winston the pigeon took took one hour and eight minutes to fly between two offices of Unlimited IT, while the data took another hour to upload on to their system. Meanwhile, the same data sent by ADSL was about 4% uploaded in the same time. Oh dear.