In late 2000, reports emerged that formerly not dead Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was stockpiling PlayStation 2 consoles.

The PS2 had been released earlier that Fall, and a huge number of consoles had made their way to Iraq. More than 4,000 consoles had made their way overseas in a few scant months. The systems seemed harmless, but then reports surfaced that Saddam Hussein was stockpiling the consoles for their CPU chips.

The reason? The myth has something to do with making the chips work together as a strung together missile guidance system. After the initial freak out, people realized that, yes, you could marry all those 128-bit processors together, but the software needed for something like a missile guidance system was so far beyond anything Iraq was capable of developing that it was better to just let him, um, get invaded.

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