So we were listening to Marketplace on the drive home this evening and they had a segment about banks covering the tracks of money transfered from Iran. Stephen Beard, the expert they were interviewing, gave an example of why this might be suspicious:
BEARD: Well, again, the details are very hazy. But there are some signs of something sinister in connection with the inquiry. E-mails from Iran have emerged in which Iranian interests are seeking to buy huge quantities of tungsten. One order alone, apparently, was for 30,000 tons of the metal. Now, as I understand it, tungsten is used in the manufacture of long-range missiles, and it’s also used to make fridges. So, ask yourself: Why did Iran need 30,000 tons of tungsten — for fridges or for missiles?
Thereafter, the conversation in the car went a little like this:
Dustin (using a shifty-sounding accent of no determinable origin): “Yes, I’d uh… like to order 100,000 refrigerators?”
Me: Are they self-guided? Heat-seeking?
Dustin: With a sub-zero freezer and an armed warhead.
It degenerated from there. But you gotta admit – the idea of a missle-fridge is really entertaining. Would it protect your leftover broccoli casserole from a midnight raid?
“You have violated leftover restrictions. Your kitchen will now self-destruct in five…four…”
Can you send it soaring across the country as an attack on the meat-eating monsters who just refuse to understand that eggs have feelings too?
“Another attack by the Other White Meat folks?”
“No, it’s a flying refridgera-aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!” (Boom.)