This is probably hilarious if you know Farsi. (Cached image via Washington Post)

An Iranian news agency with ties to the government reported this week that a 27-year-old scientist named Ali Razeghi registered the patent for a device that can predict the future. Though English-language media have translated the description of the object as a time-travel device, its inventor says, "My invention easily fits into the size of a personal computer case and can predict details of the next 5-8 years of the life of its users. It will not take you into the future, it will bring the future to you." Not only that, but Razeghi says the machine will allow Iran to predict market fluctuations and military altercations with 98% accuracy. He also claims people in the United States have been spending billions to develop a similar product (err, which sort of might be true).


Naturally, the international media thought this claim was pretty funny and pounced on Fars for reporting it as fact. This is, of course, the same state-sponsored media that a few months ago ran an Onion article as if it was real. So they haven't exactly earned the benefit of the doubt. Anyway, the site quickly took the story down, which means North Korea retains its crown as state-run media most loaded with hilarious propaganda. Congrats, Kim!

Sources: Washington Post | The Telegraph