Anyone who’s ever been bored on a journey or in a meeting or lecture will be familiar with the game of Battleships. Anyone except New Zealanders, that is, as it would appear the Kiwis have taken the rules of the game a little too literally.
Telecom Mobile has launched an SMS text message game called Push the Button, in which players have to guess the virtual location of the former HMNZS Wellington battleship. However, the victor will win a trip in which they will be invited to push the button that will blow up the real 3,000 ton, 113 metre-long ship. The sunken ship will then become an artificial marine reef and diving attraction.
Rumours that George Bush is launching a similar competition in an attempt to locate the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden are still to be confirmed.