time machineAn Iranian scientist has invented a cheap time machine but won’t release it to the world, he says. And the Chinese are to blame.

As The Telegraph reports, Tehran scientist Ali Razeghi has invented a device about the size of a personal computer that will predict details of your future for the next five to eight years. He’s registered the device with the state-run Centre for Strategic Inventions, the Iranian version of the USPTO.

Apparently, no one there has ever heard of a magic 8-ball.

Razeghi intends to mass produce the device and use it to help Iran “prepare for challenges that might destabilize it,” as well as perhaps manipulate foreign currencies for fun and profit.

But he’s not releasing his time machine — which he says the U.S. has spent “millions” trying to invent — just yet. And the reason has nothing to do with whether or not the device works.

Rather, it’s for self-protection:

“The reason that we are not launching our prototype at this stage is that the Chinese will steal the idea and produce it in millions overnight.”

Razeghi is apparently a serial entrepreneur with more than 179 inventions to his credit. I only wish we could see them all. He is clearly one creative individual.

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