Saudis Fall for “Miracle” Red Mercury Hoax: Said to be Hidden in Old Singer Sewing Machines

April 15, 2009

(ChattahBox)— An unusual phenomenon has been taking place in Saudi Arabia. Scores of residents are rushing to pay thousands of dollars for 50 year old Singer sewing machines, believed to contain red mercury, a miracle substance thought to produce riches. Started as an April Fools prank, the rumor apparently spread like wildfire on the Internet, turning the old sewing machine relics into a valuable commodity in this wealthy Gulf country.

During the height of the red mercury fever, many old Singer sewing machines were reported stolen. It’s no wonder the old sewing machines have become a target of thieves, when many Saudi residents believe that red mercury will grant them magic powers to find buried treasure.

General Mansour al-Turki, of the Interior Ministry reported to the Saudi newspaper, Okaz that the red mercury rumors were a hoax.

With such high hopes of riches and buried treasure, many Saudis may decide to continue to believe the tall tales of magical red mercury secreted away in old Singer sewing machines, and continue their quest for the miracle relics.



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