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Found on eBay: Genuine Leprechaun Hair
Posted by The Curator on Sat Sep 21, 2013
Yours for $35.00. "This is 100% real hair."
Gummy Virgin Mary
Posted by The Curator on Wed Mar 06, 2013
on eBay, and bidding is currently at $215. [Bangor Daily News] But some are crying hoax. The website corporatemal.com notes that there are Virgin Mary molds, which might have been used to create the Virgin Mary Dot. However, the Duguays are sticking to their guns and insist their "Gummy Virgin Mary" is no hoax. In response to the accusations, they've posted this message on their eBay auction page: ...
Bigfoot For Sale
Posted by The Curator on Thu Jul 26, 2012
It was up for sale on eBay. The sellers wanted $80,000 for it, and no one came up with that much money, so the auction ended without it being sold. It's a nice piece. Would have looked great in my living room. But I have no idea how they came up with a value of $80,000 for it. Seems a bit like wishful thinking. From the auction description: In 1976, after years of study and research, a young man named Clifford LaBrecque undertook a challenge that stunned the Bigfoot world. Mr. LaBrecque built one of the best detailed "museum quality" models of Bigfoot....
Part-Worn Human For Sale
Posted by The Curator on Mon Apr 09, 2012
Part worn human! Brighouse Echo A PRACTICAL joke landed Brighouse engineer Paul Pattinson in hot water with mighty online retailer ebay. Describing Paul as 'a part-worn human, in need of a good home', the ebay notice sought bids for the 45-year-old employee at Flow Technology Ltd. Within days hundreds of people had viewed the item and more than 35 had put in bids, the highest being for £82. But on Tuesday ebay removed the item, only 24 hours before the bidding was due to close, because it breached the online company's rules. One of Paul's colleagues, David Clark, decided to put his friend up for sale as a practical joke to see how many bids he would attract. Paul, it was...
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Posted by The Curator on Mon Feb 13, 2012
eBay In 1941, Tommy Graham employed a clever, but slightly duplicitous, technique to get rides as he hitchhiked from Maryland to California. He used an oil can as a suitcase, so that drivers thought his car had broken down and stopped to help him out. I wonder if this technique would work today. Do people even pick up hitchhikers anymore? from The Bradford Era, Nov. 4, 1941
Fake Modigliani For Sale
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jan 17, 2012
It's up for sale on eBay. I've noticed it up there for a couple of weeks, so evidently people aren't rushing to bid on it, even though it comes with free shipping. The backstory, briefly: There was a legend in the Italian town of Livorno that when Modigliani left there in 1906, at the age of twenty-one, he dumped a bunch of sculptures in a canal in a fit of depression. So in 1984, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, the town decided to dredge...
Evidence of Adultery For Sale
Posted by The Curator on Mon Aug 18, 2008
"EMPTY CONDOM PACKET & A PHOTO OF 'THE TART'S' KNICKERS." The winning bid was US $303.00. The story was that a woman was selling a picture of black lacy underwear she had found in her bed after catching her husband having an affair. From Reuters: The woman says she returned from work after receiving a romantic text message from her husband of 22 years that was clearly misdirected to find him at home watching a DVD and discouraging her from entering their bedroom. In the room she found the empty condom wrapper under his pillow and ...
Joker Face in Toilet
Posted by The Curator on Tue Jul 22, 2008
"Dark Knight Joker (Heath Ledger) - Face in My Toilet!" The seller writes: Plain and simple, you are bidding on my toilet. This toilet was installed in my home in 1971. Recently, I realized that the mineral buildup in the toilet had a strong resemblance to the Joker character in The Dark Knight. Click through the pictures below and see for yourself. Resemblance? You decide. For the winning bidder, we will have a plumber professionally remove the toilet, then have it shipped directly to you. Shipping is $200. Coincidentally, I'm in the process of remodeling the hallway bathroom in my house and am in the market for a new toilet. But I definitely...
Air guitar owned by JFK
Posted by The Curator on Mon May 12, 2008
"Air guitar owned by JFK": Extremely rare oppurtunity up for auction is the only air guitar known to have been owned by US president JFK President kennedy was under constant stress from political rivals and upsets, so its only natural he would have taken up playing air guitar Many silent and melancholy impromptu jam sessions haunted the air in Kennedy's office as US president it was discovered recently in a cold storage unit in its case the atmospheric conditions left the case with some of the usual imperfections found in aging vintage sound equipment, but the guitar itself (a red solid-body electric resembling a Mustang) is as it was...
Bigfoot Potato Chip
Posted by The Curator on Tue Apr 22, 2008
this gem on eBay. The seller says: "I have here for auction one ruffled potato chip that looks like Bigfoot. Just for fun, let's call him Chipfoot. The chip is in very good/stable condition and should ship quite nicely." I'd make a bid, but at $3 it's already too pricey for me.
Rare Coin on eBay
Posted by The Curator on Mon Jan 21, 2008
stupidest eBay auctions I've seen in a while: GEORGE WASHINGTON COIN,MISS PRINT WHIT BOUTH 2 FACES OF GEORGE WASHINTON 1 IN 1994 AND OTHER SIDE 1979. Starting bid is $1,000,000. No bids yet. Some people in the coin talk forum think it might be two magician's coins, cut in half and glued together. I think the guy just took photos of two separate coins. The misspellings definitely add to the seller's credibility.
Drive Someone Insane With Postcards
Posted by The Curator on Wed Dec 19, 2007
"Drive Someone Insane with Postcards." The seller's description reads: I will be spending the Christmas holiday in Poland in a tiny village that has one church with no bell because angry Germans stole it. Aside from vodka, there is not a lot for me to do. During the course of my holiday I will send three postcards to one person of your choosing. These postcards will be rant-ravingly insane, yet they will be peppered with unmistakable personal details about the addressee. Details you will provide me. The postcards will not be coherently signed, leaving your mark...
Best of the forum - 21st September 07
Posted by Boo on Fri Sep 21, 2007
Peruvian Meteorite (eovti) An apparent meteorite landing in Peru has led to reports of illness amongst locals. Original suggestions for the cause of the sickness included radiation poisoning, but that seems unlikely. Sign Language Translator (Madmouse) There’s been a lot of discussion in the forum about this story. A group of UK...
The Secret of Invisibility
Posted by The Curator on Mon Sep 10, 2007
This eBay auction offers a real bargain. For only $24.95 you can purchase the Secret of Invisibility. You will be rendered completely invisible. It's the same technique CIA agents use. But wait, there's more. Included in the price you also get the Secrets of Sexual Seduction, "guaranteed to bring women into your bedroom." Plus you get "2 cures for male baldness that really work;" "unusual methods to GAIN 4" - 6" in height;" "A method of losing weight without exercise;" AND "X Secret for Men. Grow 2 - 4 inches of intimate length permanently." I don't know. For $24.95 I think they should also include Superhuman Strength and Immortality. Otherwise, you're really not getting your money's...
Quick Links: Dolls!
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 24, 2007
Robber holds up bank using baby doll A 25-year-old man attempted to hold up a bank in Karachi, brandishing a baby doll and a blood pressure pump. He said the doll was a bomb and the pump was a grenade. The police were called and arrested the man. The bomb disposal team then discovered the doll was stuffed with harmless wires. The would-be robber "said that he had earlier tried to rob the same bank on Saturday, but had been foiled because it was closed." Paris Hilton Jail Edition Doll on eBay "Comes with jail accessories like - jail...