Want to Buy some Used Underwear

Ummm, yuk!  It appears times are tough for the mom made famous by her octuplet children. Nadya Suleman, dubbed Octomom by many, is holding a yard sale to try and avoid foreclosure on her house.

But just like Octomom, the sale is nothing ordinary. Hosted by comedian Tattoo, the sale will also be hosted live on eBay and streamed over the Internet on UStream.tv.

Through the combined formats, with a play-by-play from Tattoo, bidders will buy old nursery bras (autographed by Octomom herself), autographed pregnant panties along with toys and other trinkets.

“Nadya is a personal friend and wonderful Mom,” Tattoo said. “We are only trying to help her 14 children. What better way to do that than with a Yard Sale!”

Other items for sale include the sofa that she was sitting on when she found out she was pregnant with octuplets and hand prints of the children.

Rare Ripped Stamp Brings in a Fortune

Half a rare German postage stamp which dates back to 1872 has fetched some 261,000 euros ($347,500) at auction in the southern German town of Bietigheim-Bissingen, a spokeswoman for the auction house told Reuters on Thursday.She said a German collector purchased the well-preserved half stamp, which originates from the northern German town of Syke, despite its hefty price tag because it was so rare.

“Stamps were in short supply in Syke between 1872 and 1874 so it was decided that they should be cut in half as a makeshift solution,” she said. “But because this was only done for a short period, very few letters actually bear these halved stamps.”

She said the winning bidder from north Germany was able to secure the stamp, which had an asking price of 120,000 euros, only after a lengthy duel with a bidder from south Germany.

The stamp was particularly valuable because it was featured as the cover picture on a book written about Syke’s collection of halved stamps by Rolf Rohlfs in 1982.  I guess I have to keep a better eye out at garage sales!

This story is a bit fishy

Ok, I admit to writing this post because I liked the title I could use. Two sushi bar owners paid more than $100,000 for a Japanese bluefin tuna at a Tokyo fish auction Monday, about ten times the average price and the highest in nearly a decade, market officials said.

The 282-pound (128-kilogram) premium tuna caught off the northern coast of Oma fetched 9.63 million yen ($104,700), the highest since 2001, when another Japanese bluefin tuna brought an all-time record of 20 million yen, market official Takashi Yoshida said.

Yoshida said the extravagant purchase – about $370 per pound ($817 per kilogram) – went to a Hong Kong sushi bar owner and his Japanese competitor who reached a peaceful settlement to share the big fish. The Hong Kong buyer also paid the highest price at last year’s new year event at Tokyo’s Tsukiji market, the world’s largest fish seller, which holds near-daily auctions.

Typical tuna prices at Tokyo fish markets are less than $25 per pound ($55 per kilogram). But bluefin tuna is considered by gourmets to be the best, and when sliced up into small pieces and served on rice it goes for very high prices in restaurants.

Premium fish – sometimes sliced up while the customers watch – also have advertising value, underscoring a restaurant’s quality, like a rare wine.  I would hate to be hit with a $1k bill for a meal including this rare tuna.

Baby For Sale on Ebay – Baby For Sale?!

German police confirm that they today have taken a seven month baby away from a couple in Bavaria and local child welfare investigators are looking into them after the couple put the child up for sale on Internet auction site Ebay.  The description read, “Male baby almost 8 months old, sleeps well through the night and does not cry much.”  “Good for infertile couple or single man/woman wanting a child.”
 
The baby boy was put on sale on Tuesday at a starting price of one euro (1.58 dollars) and was withdrawn from the site around two and a half hours later, police said. There had been no posted offers but the couple may have recieved numerous offers via email. The mother said it was meant as a joke, but police and state officials failed to see the funny side, putting the baby into state care and charging both parents for attempted child trafficking.  Police cheif Wesley Offerman is quoted as saying, “We all find our kids annoying sometimes but selling them is not the answer.”