Pop Culture Potpourri–Ebay No-No and Star Tells Students to Just Say No

EBAY NO-NO They insist it was a joke, but police and millions of Internet users around the world aren’t laughing one bit. Sad but true; according to police near Berlin, Germany a young couple has been taken into custody for allegedly trying to sell their baby on eBay. The 7-month-old boy is now in custody and his parents are behind bars after they reportedly posted an ad on eBay offering to sell the child for one euro, which is the equivalent of $1.57. While the child remains in the care of youth services authorities are investigating the case and could … Continue reading

From Soggy to SOLD

It was the story that had cereal lovers examining each and every cornflake BEFORE putting it in their mouths. And one that made me nearly gag on my morning muffin. Now the drama is finally over and two sisters from Virginia are $1,350 richer for it. For those of you who haven’t had your breakfast subjected to this corny tale allow me to get you caught up: Twenty-three-year-old Melissa McIntire and her 15-year-old sister Emily were innocently filling their bowls with cornflakes earlier this month when they came across a flake they swore looked exactly like the state of Illinois. … Continue reading

Pop Culture Potpourri: Paying Up and Teeing Up

PAYING UP How much would you shell out to dine with a world famous billionaire? Apparently, you practically need to be one yourself to share a meal with one. According to news reports, a record $650,100 was the top bid in an auction to break bread and bend the ear of billionaire Warren Buffett. That’s $30,000 more than last year’s winning bid. The winner has yet to be identified but whoever he or she is spent quite a bit of time monitoring the eBay auction, which wrapped up Friday night. According to eBay officials, 72 offers were submitted by pre-qualified … Continue reading

Pop Culture Potpourri

Too Legit To Quit It was an auction where the winning bids were actually legitimate. (Translation: the items weren’t listed on eBay.) And the haul was quite substantial. According to news reports, a recent auction of Grateful Dead memorabilia netted more than $1.1 million. I’m related to a Deadhead so I am not surprised by the auction’s success, though I am a bit taken aback by some of the items Lawrence “Ram Rod” Shurtliff collected over the years. Some of the more noteworthy items included a 1975 cream-colored Travis Bean electric guitar played by vocalist and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia, … Continue reading

Ebay Hoaxes

Well, all you doubters were right–the bid that set an eBay record last week proved to be a hoax. In a previous blog I wrote about the nearly $10 million dollar eBay bid some guy named William Fischer put up to purchase the car made famous by “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The bright orange 1969 Dodge Charger emblazoned with a Confederate flag and the No.1 garnered a winning bid of $9,900,500 just a few days ago. General Lee’s owner – actor John Schneider, who played blond hottie Bo Duke in the 1980s television series– is reportedly livid that the bid … Continue reading

What NOT To Sell On The Internet

You have to wonder how financially strapped some people must be to have the nerve to put the following items up for auction on the Internet. Take for instance the Brazilian man who offered to sell his wife for about $50. It’s not only sad, but it’s true… and it prompted the government to intervene. According to news reports, Brazil’s Secretariat of Public Policies for Women ordered Mercado Livre, which is partially owned by eBay, to remove the ad for the man’s wife and warned it was violating a law banning the offer or sale of “human organs, people, blood, … Continue reading