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Newsletter #140

February 9, 2001

Greetings Accumulators!

And so another wild week comes to a close. Maralyn got kicked off the Australian continent, Rachel turned thirty, and Britney Spears signed with Pepsi. And that concludes the future pop culture trivia portion of our program for today. Here's what else is going on.

FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU'VE ALREADY ENCOUNTERED THE STUPIDIST PERSON IN THE WORLD, ALONG COMES ANOTHER CONTENDER
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What do college kids do when they get bored? Adam Burtle, a University of Washington student, decided to have a little fun with eBay. He put his soul up for auction. Since, according to People Magazine, he's an avowed atheist, I guess he felt he wasn't risking much. His sales pitch featured a photo of him wearing an "I'm With Stupid" tee shirt (almost accurate) and described his soul as "near mint, with only minor scratches (unlike his brain). Minimum bid on this treasure was five cents. His ex-girlfriend allegedly bid $6.66 (she probably wants her tee shirt back, too), but the bidding went up to $400, despite the fact that the seller proposed that delivery take place after his death.

Enter eBay, who, as everyone knows, is very careful about what they allow to be sold at their venue. Auctions of body parts are not permitted, even if they are invisible parts and not technically from anyone's body. So, they weren't going to allow any human souls to change hands on their turf! They closed down the auction, and kicked Burtle off the site. Too bad. It would have been interesting to see who the high bidder was.

SOCIALLY UNACCEPTABLE USES FOR YOUR COLLECTION DEPARTMENT
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The mayor of Miami (remember him from the Elian circus?) spent a night cooling his heels in jail, after being hauled in on misdemeanor battery charges. Joe Carollo stands accused of hitting his wife over the head with a terra cotta tea service. After posting a $1,500 bond Carollo was released and returned home to the wife from who he has announced he will soon be divorced. No word on how, exactly, one picks up an entire terra cotta tea service and hits a person on the head with it.

I TOLD YOU I WAS UP TO SOMETHING...
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My newest venture (it's actually an adventure) is a partnership with Kaleden.com in a new site called WhatICollect.com. It's a conglomeration of "communities" where you can pursue your collecting interests with forums, "for sale" and "want" ads, articles, photos - you name it. You can put up your own collector's page, keep track of your inventory, show what you have for sale (and maybe sell it!), look for what you buy, post a bit of news, read some news, start your own community. In short, it's collector's paradise! And, best of all, it's all free! No fees to join, no rental fees, no advertising fees, no nothing. The first of fourteen (yes, 14!) communities I will be hosting is now live and running. It's the Disneyana community. You can get there at http://Disneyana.whaticollect.com. Or, you can go to the front portal of the whole shebang at http://whaticollect.com. C'mon -make me look good. Go join the Disneyana community. We'll have fun!

Well, well, well, Accumulators. The weekend is here. Artie and I are going up to Twin Brooks for the weekend. I'm sure that will include shopping of some sort, although we are determined to lay a new floor down in our workshop. Spring is just around the corner and we want to get the shop in shape for all the outdoor projects we'll be doing. Hope some great hunting and gathering opportunity is coming your way this weekend. If not, have fun whatever you're doing. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!

Best,
Judith

2001 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #140
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464

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