Red mercury once again. My word, it's nice to see this stuff again:
Saudi police are investigating the origins of a hoax that had hundreds of people believing that old sewing machines may bring fortune because they contained an elusive, and probably mythical, substance known as red mercury.
Well, there's nothing mythical about red mercury, but you ain't gonna find it in a sewing machine. A nuclear reactor, perhaps, but not in a Singer.
The English-language Saudi Gazette newspaper said some buyers were willing to pay up to 200,000 riyals ($50,000) for an old Singer sewing machine proven to contain red mercury.
Mobile phones are supposedly employed as instruments to prove the existence of the phony substance. Popular belief in the Middle East has it that it can help uncover hidden gold treasures, though there are other theories which say it can be used to create a nuclear bomb.
Nope, sorry, this is a nonsense. I'm one of the few people in the world who can tell you what red mercury is (a by product of experiments) and what red mercury can be used for (nothing).
If somebody offers to buy the sewing machine? Sell it dear, just sell it.