Ant and Dec’s crypto April fool’s joke
McPartlin claimed he used to work alongside Satoshi Nakamoto
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly – better known as Ant & Dec – the famous British television presenting duo played an April fool’s joke on followers of their social media channels by announcing they’re launching a crypto.
The joke inspired crypto was to be called Toon Coin, the world’s first Newcastle-based crypto.
The pair claimed they wanted to launch their own crypto for years, but the demands of their TV careers got in the way.
Satoshi Nakamoto was allegedly involved
McPartlin revealed that, back when the duo appeared in Byker Grove, which was first aired in 1989 on BBC One, Satoshi Nakamoto who is attributed to inventing bitcoin (BTC) was a boom operator on the show.
McPartlin said: “It’s not commonly known, but bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto was actually a boom operator on Byker Grove, back in the day!”
Donnelly said: “Ant and I often discussed Toon Coin during breaks from filming…And eighteen years later, bitcoin appears… Coincidence?”
McPartlin even stated that during the PJ and Duncan days – back when the duo was embarking on a music career in 1993 and released the song Let’s Get Ready To Rumble – they were developing Toon Coin “as a way of simplifying PJ and Duncan gig ticket sales.”
Legal tender in the north-east
The TV duo had big plans for their joke crypto. The pair said they are “aiming for Toon Coin to be adopted as a legal tender in the north-east by 2024.”
El Salvador grabbed headlines by becoming the first country in the world to make BTC legal tender on 7 September 2021.
Since then, the South American country has seen tourism increase by 30% according to Morena Valdez, tourism minister of El Salvador.