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Script of Casablanca rejected, 1982
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Ghost Cane Sold for $65,000
So goldenpalace.com, the same online casino that shelled out $28,000 for the Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich last month, has now bought the haunted walking cane for $65,000. It occurs to me that this casino is rapidly building a Museum of Hoaxes all of its own. They're becoming the P.T. Barnum's of the 21st Century.
Categories: eBay
Posted by The Curator on Tue Dec 07, 2004
Comments (14)
Just a thought- has anyone investigated whether this might all be a hoax by Golden Palace? Online casino's are fairly well known for using alternative advertising methods. It's not to much of a stretch to imagine them creating items on eBay to generate press reports, then coming in and bidding on the items, thus getting their name into the media. In effect, they would be paying themselves for the item.

Or, maybe people really are that crazy...
Posted by David Smith  in  Montgomery, NY  on  Tue Dec 07, 2004  at  01:07 PM
Well, if they 'created' these items...then they went to some pretty big trouble. I saw TV interviews with the grilled cheese sandwich lady...seems like too much work just to advertise. I'd say their gimmick is going to be these items.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Tue Dec 07, 2004  at  01:12 PM
Hmmm... (roots through closet) Let's see, I have an evil, devil possesed stuffed tiger and a haunted picture frame for sale. Any bidders?
Posted by Fay-Fay  on  Tue Dec 07, 2004  at  01:17 PM
I want it. I will pay you $100,000.00. Don't let it go. I am on my way. Just wait.
Posted by Loxx  on  Tue Dec 07, 2004  at  01:43 PM
I told you not to let it go. Now in my crystal ball I clearly can see that demon is gone. You should draw triangle around it to trap entity.
Posted by Loxx  on  Tue Dec 07, 2004  at  01:46 PM
If the casino really paid all that money for that stuff, then the hoax is on it.
Wasn't it Barnum who said "a fool is born every minute?"
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Tue Dec 07, 2004  at  02:42 PM
well, Goldenpalace.com has done quite a bit of advertising for itself, including having a man jump off the diving board at athens this olympics with their name written on his back.
Posted by Jacob  on  Tue Dec 07, 2004  at  05:09 PM
Well,it sounds like it
Posted by Eve  on  Tue Dec 07, 2004  at  05:39 PM
As a warning for anyone planning on visiting the goldenpalace.com website, it downloaded some annoying popup ads on my computer that bypassed my many pop-up blockers and came on every time i went on the internet regardless of the website. It wasn't a big deal to get rid of them with an ad-ware program, but they did annoy me for about 2 days and waste 5 minutes of my time getting rid of them. Just a warning to anyone whose planning on checking out their website.
Posted by Razela  in  Chicago, IL  on  Tue Dec 07, 2004  at  10:06 PM
I reckon David Smith might be right. Yes it seems like a lot of effort to go to to advertise, but in the modern ad stunt climate nothing extreme. I mean, Matell painted an entire street pink to launch a Barbie... Have you seen the cost of TV ads these days?
Posted by Paul in Prague  on  Wed Dec 08, 2004  at  10:39 AM
Do the sellers of these high-bogosity items actually ever Get Paid? We see reports of high bidding, but none that say "here's my statement from the bank; I've got the $80K now from my lint in the shape of Marilyn Monroe!"
Posted by cvirtue  on  Wed Dec 08, 2004  at  02:21 PM
I was wondering about that too.
I could easily bid eighty billion on something, but I couldn't pay it, nor could anyone ever collect it from me.
Posted by Big Gary C  in  Dallas, Texas  on  Wed Dec 08, 2004  at  11:37 PM
I have a demonically-possessed potato that looks like Elvis. It hypnotizes me into making peanut butter and 'nana samiches fried in butter that end up with the likeness of Princess Diana on them...
Posted by catlady  on  Wed Dec 15, 2004  at  02:33 AM
umm yeah we got that money itz pretty kool i got to be on tv only one time tho im kookie marys dauter and collins sister(gosh iz that kid stupid!)lol any way yes im not lieing itz mee her kid it was wierd tho if u look up ghost cane there iz a pic of me when i twas little bye my grandpa he was pretty kool we moved in with him cuz he had cancer the night he dyed was scary tho i heard my mom cry she came in our room and said well he dyed we where sad i heard the ambolance they came in and put him on a bed thing and took him it was scary!
Posted by Kookie Anderson  in  Indiana  on  Sun Dec 31, 2006  at  06:29 AM
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