My wife would kill me if I sold hers…
Saudi police say they are investigating a hoax that has seen people rushing to buy old-fashioned sewing machines for up to $50,000.
The Singer sewing machines are said to contain traces of red mercury, a substance that may not exist.
But it is widely thought that it can be used to find treasure, ward off evil spirits or even make nuclear bombs. It is believed that tiny amounts can sell for millions of dollars.
Rumours about the sewing machines have been spreading for days by word of mouth and over the internet, it said.
In Dhulum, it was reported that people had broken into two tailors’ shops to steal the machines.
In the city of Madina, people were holding mobile phones up to the machines, due to the belief that they could be used to detect the presence of red mercury.
Isn’t it heartwarming to learn that the tinfoil hat brigade is part of the worldwide gene pool?