Wednesday, January 18, 2006


The best things in life are free

But if you're willing to spend some money, there are some amazing bargains out there. William Shatner, for example, just sold one of his kidney stones to online gaming emporium same people, you'll recall, who purchasd that grilled cheese sandwich embossed with the Virgin Mary's image. For a mere $25,000, the buyer got not only the stone (so large, Shatner notes, "you'd want to wear it on your finger") but the surgical stint and a piece of string used to help pass the offending item. To give Captain Kirk credit where credit is due, he'll donate the proceeds to Habitat for Humanity. Best detail: he declined an initial offer of $15,000.

Meanwhile, John Lennon's original, scribbled lyrics for "A Day in the Life" are about to hit the auction block on Tuesday, where they're supposed to fetch in the neighborhood of $2 million. I still love the idea of Lennon sitting down at the piano with a copy of the Daily Mail and stitching together details from one banal story after another. And I still consider it one of the most beautiful and inventive pop songs ever. Too bad they cut out the "sugar plum fairy" intro you can still hear on the unplugged Anthology version.

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