Although it’s highly debatable if it even exists red mercury is a conspiracy theorist’s wet dream. Not only does it (allegedly) allow the creation of a fusion bomb without the need of a fission bomb, it can be used as a paint to create stealth aircraft, find treasure and ward off evil spirits.
The BBC reports that Saudi police are investigating a hoax that has seen people rushing to buy of all things old-fashioned Singer sewing machines for up to $50,000 following rumours that they contain traces of red mercury.
According to the Saudi Gazette trade in the sewing machines has been brisk across the country. Several tailors shops have had their machines stolen. People have been holding mobile phones up to the machines, believing that they could be used to detect the presence of red mercury.
An interior ministry spokesman said authorities were trying to discover who had spread the rumours. "We have to find out who started this hoax. People hope to make profit," he said. "This is no different to cases of citizens who put their money in untrustworthy schemes."
We were given an old Singer sewing machine some time ago. It’s currently out in the shed but now that I know it contains red mercury I think I’ll create a weapon of unimaginable destruction and hold the northern hemisphere to ransom.. I will do as soon as I think up of a good Bond villain name and practice phrases like “No Mr Bond I expect you to die”. Then the world will be min ALL MINE MWUHAHAHAHAHA