May 30, 2003
Creepy thought for the day: Cornell University informs us that the beetle
is now the dominant form of life on earth, and that one in every five
species lving today is a beetle. And, that for every possible kind of food,
there's a beetle species that eats it. Which is why I keep everything in
the refrigerator. Actually, it's great to be writing about something other
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF OLD CLICHES AND COSMIC TRUTHS
If you've ever marvelled at the absurdity of the phrase, "like a bull in a china shop", you'll be interested in this story from London. A bull, up for sale in a livestock auction in Lancashire on Monday, broke loose and ran wild, knocking down a woman. He then proceeded to the G & B Antiques and Furnishings Store. G & B specializes in china, specifically, antique china. The bull, who by now was in a pretty bad mood, ran amok in the shop, destroying several pieces of valuable china, not to mention striking fear in the heart of every nearby human and more than a couple of cows. A police spokesman said that the bull's owner agreed that it was too risky to attempt to capture it (think of the teacups!), and that "the bull should be destroyed." The police cordoned off the surrounding area, trapped the bull, and shot him dead. Although everyone is sorry the animal had to be destroyed, after a long day of cleaning up broken china, they probably won't miss him at all.
WISH I COULD GET MY HANDS ON ONE OF THOSE DEPARTMENT
Also from the other side of the pond: billboard posters for the second season of American TV series "Six Feet Under" have been banned in England. The ads are parodies of cosmetics commercials, and show corpses advertising funderal service products like embalming fluid and wound filler. One of the ads features a head and shoulders shot of a male model, made up to look like a corpse, with an image of a bottle of "In Eternum embalming fluid" beside him. The caption says, "Skin to die for", with more copy in the corner of the ad saying In Eternum is available from Fisher & Sons funeral home - the name of the fictional funeral home featured in the show. Apparently the adverising standards board in the U.K. received complaints from consumers who were upset by the ads. Heck, I'd love to have one of them. It's a great show with a great sense of humor. Next week, eBay.
TREASURE IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER - OR PERHAPS THE FOOT
Since eyewitnesses reported seeing many boxes being thrown into a lake in Austria after World War II, a dive team decided it was time to bring up the valuables. The 26-member team, headed by Gerhard Zauner, prepared for 18 months for the dive to the bottom of the 400 foot deep Hallstaettersee Lake. Since the water temperature was only 4 degrees, they filled their dive suits with a special insulating gas to keep them warm during the five-hour dive. According to the Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten newspaper, all they found on the bottom of the lake were piles and piles of footwear. Mr Zauner said: "The piles of military shoes and boots were several metres high." Now Mr Zauner and his team are planning to search the bottoms of all the lakes in the surrounding area. After all, they're fully trained and they have all that gas - so why not? No word on how Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten can possibly fit their own name on their masthead.
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Some of you may not know that I am the president of The Association of Online Appraisers, a not-for-profit international association for personal property appraisers who are involved in offering online written appraisal reports (either as individuals or via an appraisal management company) through the use of digital images and Internet online reporting. Our mission is to promote and encourage professionalism and ethical conduct among online personal property appraisers. Memberships in the organization are low-cost, and we even offer an online course in personal property appraisal. To learn more about us, go to LINK.
Accumulators, now that winter is finally over, you should get out there and
shop! He Who Is The Light Of My Life and I are in the city, at least for
Saturday, as my new improvisational comedy group, The Tall One Is The Mime,
is appearing at a club on Broadway. Sunday - who knows? Have a great
weekend, Accumulators, and a great week. Happy hunting!
© 2003 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #218
U.S. Library of Congress
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