October 31, 2004
ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES NEWSLETTER #254
Mooohhhhahahahhahahhahhaaaaaaaa! Happy Halloween! For those Accumulators who do not live in countries where
Halloween is celebrated, let me explain: it is an opportunity to look and act very silly, and with the full approval of all
those whom you encounter in your travels. In New York City it has been going on all weekend. Trick-or-treaters
have been showing up at our door this evening, to be greeted by He Who Is The Light Of My Life, who has been
wearing part of an old Halloween costume of mine. It is a witch's hat with long gray hair attached. Parent
chaperones have been finding this look hilarious, accompanied as it is by reading glasses, jeans, and a sheepish grin,
but the children seem to think HWITLOML just has long gray hair. Still, as the dispenser of the Tootsie Rolls, he
does command a modicum of respect from the little ones.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CAN YOU SAY "BITE ME"?
A very angry dentist has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of two men who damaged his tooth. The tooth was a gigantic 4 ft advertisement, situated right outside the dentist's office. The vandals were caught on camera trying to steal the massive molar in Cathedral City, California, but they gave up and left it, damaged, at the scene when they realized how heavy it was. The dentist is preparing a very large porcelain crown, but he hopes route canal will not be necessary.
JUMPIN' JIMINY DEPARTMENT
Three men have been arrested by the Belgian government on smuggling charges. What they were smuggling was frogs. 600 of them. The tiny poison arrow frogs had been packed into rolls of film. The suspicions of customs officers at Zaventem were aroused by the enormous amount of film the men appeared to be toting. The frogs, natives of South America, command up to $300 each from collectors, which means the haul from this shipment would have been around $130,000. The frogs are only 3/4 of an inch long, which means their legs, as any Frenchman can tell you, wouldn't even make a decent-sized hors d'oeuvre.
HERE'S ONE FOR THE COIN-OP COLLECTORS
The Japanese government has blocked an attempt by the manufacturer of a new pinball slot machine to name the machine after Adolph Hitler. The manufacturer, Fuji Shoji is producing a range of new machines, and wanted to name them after 35 historical figures, including Moses, Abraham Lincoln, and some famous samurai. Japan's patent office rejected the proposal for all 35 names on the grounds that they could violate the spirit of the pacifist constitution. company spokespersonsaid, "When we name new products, we always try to have an edge against our competitors. It was supposed to be a parody but we lacked consideration." No word on how their new application to name their machines after Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden was received. Keep trying, you guys.
The doorbell rings again, Accumulators, and, since HWITLOML has migrated toward the TV and "60 Minutes", the Wicked Witch of the Upper East Side must attend to the little revelers. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 2004 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #254
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