UPDATE: this was originally a harmless post about what appeared to be a cute retro wristwatch with a twist. It turns out that it's on ... the terrorist watch list.
This lovely retro watch, "Farmer," is engraved on the rear with a Duran Duran quote. Though a pleasingly reasonable $25, the sellers caution that "a couple of people have reported their watches running a bit quick over a week or so, if this happens to yours let us know and we can organize a replacement."
Alas, I doubt it will arrive before Labor Day.
Reader Søren adds:
This watch is a relabeled Casio F91w, a watch with an interesting history. Back in 1995, Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed tried to blow up the Pope in Manila. Ramzi tried to make a bomb, accidentally set his hotel room on fire, and fled. In his recovered laptop there were instructions for how to use a Casio F91w as a bomb's timing device.
As a result, the watch was linked to terrorism. And as a result of *that*, the Department of Defense has listed possession of a Casio F91w as a reason to detain 27 Guantanamo prisoners indefinitely.
It's important to point out that none of the 27 had actually modified their watches to become detonator timing devices. They were just ordinary watches, same as the ones above. In their Detainee Statements, every prisoner expresses surprised incredulity when the watch is mentioned. Some point out in exasperation that their guards are wearing similar watches.
Jake and I bought about a dozen watches each - they're reliable, durable, and $7 in bulk. If you'd like a Terrorist Watch I'll be happy to mail you one. (I gave one to US Attorney General Michael Mukasey earlier this year, but that's another story.)
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