Wednesday, January 30, 2008


When searching for camping gear in eBay, I happened to stumble upon this entry here. I don't really expect that this is a serious piece of equipment that one would bring with them when roughing it in the woods, the auction itself is quite amusing, spelling mistakes notwithstanding. Among the more outlandish claims that this product can do (and of course, it's not meant to be taken seriously):

-Prevent head lice from sleeping in hotels
-Keeping your hair dry during a shower
-Reduce your impact velocity while in freefall
-Keeps your head dry when someone spits when pronouncing their Ps.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Pulsed Magnetic Can Crusher PLANS

Now this is kinda cool. Looking for a can crusher? Do you want to do more recycling? Now you "can."

Relying on just the power of magnetism, you can watch with delight as cans miraculously collapse under their own weight. No wait...they aren't actually selling the actual can crusher, they are just selling the plans.

I always thought that aluminum wasn't affected by magnetic fields (I remember watching an old "How Stuff Works" type video where a can separator determined which ones were aluminum based on whether or not they stuck to the magnetic conveyor belt), but if they actually do science demonstrations with this, why not. I guess you learn something new every day.

But wouldn't plans for making a magnetic can crusher be availabe on the internet? Like, for free?

Monday, January 21, 2008


With wine of the month clubs, you can get wine sent to you on a monthly basis. For the serious connoisseur, this is a dream. But for less serious (or much, MUCH more serious), there is this.

While the likes of have pretty much played out all of the whole Jesus Christ on a grilled cheese sandwich bit, occasionally we still do see the odd item on eBay where some freak arrangement of molecules forms something somewhat recognizable.

But, this guy is selling a stained box for a million dollars. THIS is what he's selling.

Even taking a closer look at the brown spot on the box and you can't even make out anything distinct in the spot. This is supposed to be a face in a stain, but you gotta look really, really close. And even still, I can't make out anything.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Lot 479 Scrabble Wood Wooden Letters Tiles Scrapbook

I've developed an interest in Scrabble fairly recently, having played Scrabulous on Facebook (which is now under threat of shutdown by Hasbro), but I have the worst habit of dropping tiles under the couch. Thankfully, my prayers have been answered.

Missing the Q-tile? You can replace it. Missing them all? Check this out. Mind you, with 479 tiles, you won't have many problems in completing your set. Which leave you the unanswered question as to what you do with the remaining 478 tiles once you replaced the missing Q.

Interestingly enough, there are 17 bidders lined up, which might indicate that they're using it for more than just Scrabble.

Monday, January 14, 2008


Considering that video media is sometimes considered software, I suppose that this would qualify as "assisted living software", although a few things about this auction sorta bother me. One, is that the father is choosing to sell items through his son's estate through ebay. This just seems sorta tacky and tasteless. Two, the seller's level of grammatical and spelling skill. There are several instances with inappropriate use of possessive apostrophes.

And number three, just look at the box artwork! Dignity is a commodity very hard to come by when you require assisted living, and the VHS box (which appears to be still shrinkwrapped) shows a puddle of water. This is just plain old tasteless.

great 1947 America Fore home owners Insurance Ad

While home owners insurance may not be available on eBay, the advertisements certainly are. I'd like to think that this is an entirely niche market, although it really more seems that they're trying to clear out old magazines that were in the closet/cellar/basement and this is the only way they can attempt to make a profit on it. The words "trash and treasure" come to mind yet again.