You’d think it was true if you looked at this website:
And it’s the BBC so fairly reliable right?
Well it was a news story in 2001 but not any more but the BBC watched it rise up their ‘hit list’ in 2006 because of a hoax doing the rounds at the time. The hoax will still be out there and this may make an interesting addition to the normal ‘hoax’ list.
BBC News Article (2006)