"Iran, U.S. officials say, is currently at work building a nonworking replica of an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. From the sounds of it, the American intelligence community hasn't quite figured out why Iran is going through the trouble to do that, but the working theory appears to be: so they can blow it in a propaganda stunt. Or, as the New York Times gloriously put it this morning, "presumably for some mysteriously bellicose purposes."" Slate
Ah! How cool! Possibilities:
1. Target vessel to be sunk in future exercise.
2. Experiment in sympathetic magic to learn if real carriers are attracted to come and roost with this one, something like a duck decoy.
3. Floating tourist attraction so that Iranian children can come and hurl stones at it.
4. Imaginative object concentrating yearning for a real carrier.
I vote for # 1. pl