I have a friend from Iran who told me that when he was a little boy he actually heard the Iranian state run news say this on television:
"Today an evil genie broke into the treasury and stole all the money"
Iran Accuses West of Using Reptiles as Nuclear Spies
“In their possessions were a variety of reptile desert species like lizards, chameleons… We found out that their skin attracts atomic waves and that they were nuclear spies who wanted to find out where inside the Islamic Republic of Iran we have uranium mines and where we are engaged in atomic activities,” he said.
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