posted on Jan, 30 2013 @ 11:20 PM
HuffPo has the skinny on
this:(Just click this link. It's harmless, I tell ya!)
Zimbabwe, as many countries in Africa, is so poor that life in an American slum would seem like a luxury to many of the people. Literacy is low,
educational systems are often very limited, and as a result, people are often prey to ideas, scams, and schemes that you think no one in their right
mind would fall prey to.
Cue the idea to "make money by extracting a powder called 'red mercury' that's used in explosives and sells for up to $300,000 per kilogram on the
black market." Your average US citizen, with access to the internet, would laugh that idea down after a fast googling. But in a poverty stricken
nation, with little internet access, it sounds plausible.
The story was fabricated so that the survivor wouldn't get blamed for taking part in an illegal activity.
Although Western nations may scoff, Zimbabwe has a long tradition of magic and rituals that has fascinated anthropologists for centuries. The culture
and practices are rich and elaborate and serve to stabilize cultures when civilization fails them.
Anyway... a fascinating slice of crime and culture. Thanks for finding this one!