Written by Mark Lowton
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Topics: Iraq, Saddam Hussein

Tuesday, 6 January 2004

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It comes in a pretty big box

After the revelation that Saddam Hussein had been living in a hole for months after the capture of Iraq, a British based construction firm put into motion the development of a new line for their repertoire - a do-it-yourself Saddam hidey hole. They sell you the plans, the materials and the tools to create your own underground cave in which you can dwell to escape anyone and any trouble.

With only a £19.99 price tag, the Saddam Hole is very affordable, and perhaps this has fuelled its instant success. January alone has seen just under 30,000 sales of the hit product.

"It was a miracle we could get it out so fast." States Project Manager Alex Drakes, "We worked really hard to get this out as quick as we could and produce a top notch quality product. We kept safety at the forefront throughout this project, with the product demanding an underground locale this was difficult to achieve, and almost finished the project, but a disclaimer that the consumer has to sign now means we are no longer responsible for their safety when using the product. Even though, the safety standards officer believed our product to be top quality and perfectly safe for use."

Already plans for a two-man version are in the pipeline, and one aimed at kids for sleepovers, and a luxury model with a bar, television, running water, and all modern conveniences.

Saddam Hussein's lawyers are believed to be preparing a case to sue the company for use of Mr Hussein's first-name and face on packaging. They are also said to be upset by the tagline, "Be a spineless terrorist dictator, in the comfort of your own back-yard", which is found on the box.


In my opinion, this has to be the antique of the future, ensure your grandchildren's happiness and buy one now.

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