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Jar of Elvis Presley's Hair Sells for Staggering $72,500 at Auction
In a testament to the enduring popularity of Elvis Presley, a jar of the late King of Rock and Roll's hair was recently sold for a staggering $72,500 at an auction of such one-of-a-kind memorabilia. According to Kruse GWS Auctions, which facilitated the sale this past Saturday, the "baseball-sized specimen" had been collected by Elvis' personal barber Homer Gilleland over the course of several years as he traveled the world tending to the musician's iconic pompadour. Adding an additional layer of weirdness to the item, the auction house declared that it just so happens to be the "most well-documented collection of Elvis' hair in the world."
Their reasoning for this bizarre boast is that the jar of hair has quite the backstory beyond merely being collected by Gilleland. They explained that the King's former barber actually gave the object to friend Thomas Morgan, who was also friends with Elvis, who subsequently sold the item at an auction back in 2002. In the process of that sale, the hair went through a rigorous authentication process wherein both the world's leading authority on Elvis memorabilia and "the world's most trusted authority in the field of hair collecting" confirmed that it was genuine. Additionally, a slew of paperwork, including "a binder full of airline receipts" from when Gilleland was Elvis' barber, round out the supplementary material that confirms the item is the real deal.
While the sale price of $72,500 this past weekend was undeniably whopping for a jar of hair, it's actually significantly less than the item fetched at auction nearly 20 years ago, when it sold for an astounding $115,000. Why the object wound up depreciating in value is anyone's guess, though one might surmise that the passage of time and fading memories of The King played a part. Remarkably, the peculiar bundle of procured hair was not the centerpiece of Saturday's auction as the sale included Elvis' legendary jumpsuit from his 1972 Madison Square Garden shows, which sold for a whopping $1,012,500.
Considering how crazy some collectors get about all sorts of things, this doesn't even strike me as that high of a price. lol
'Alien Sighting' in Kentucky Sparks Gunfire
In a bizarre story out of Kentucky, cops arrested a man for firing a gun from a hotel window and, when questioned by police, he claimed that aliens were to blame for the shooting. The strange incident reportedly occurred in the community of Richmond early Saturday morning when authorities received a call about gunfire at a local hotel. Upon their arrival, police confirmed the report as they witnessed someone shooting out of one of the windows of the establishment. After ensuring that the other patrons at the hotel were evacuated to a safe location, cops swooped in and arrested Samuel Riddell, who offered an out-of-this-world explanation for what caused the frightening event.
According to the Richmond Police Department, when asked why he had opened fire from his hotel window, Riddell informed detectives that "he observed aliens in the parking lot and was shooting at them." Alas, it would appear that there were no ETs in the area when police arrived, suggesting that the man had either imagined their presence or his aggressive action caused them to return to their home planet. Be that as it may, Riddell is now facing a staggering 11 different charges for the ill-advised shooting. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the weird incident, though if an invasion by aggrieved aliens unfolds in the near future, we may know who to blame.
'You bloody fool' says Australian talking duck
A bizarre recording represents the first ever documented case of a duck being able to mimic human speech. According to a new study, an Australian musk duck at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve near Canberra has been recorded accurately mimicking human speech - representing the first time in history that a species of duck has been comprehensively documented doing so.
The duck - nicknamed 'Ripper' - was recorded saying the words "you bloody fool!" The recording itself was actually made 30 years ago and only recently resurfaced. It is believed that the duck was mimicking something that the reserve's caretaker said on a regular basis. Musk ducks have been heard mimicking other sounds as well, such as doors slamming and even the calls of other duck species.
While there are other species of bird known to perfectly mimic sounds that they hear, this latest find suggests that this ability has evolved independently multiple times. "When I read it at first I thought, 'it's a hoax, it can't be true,' said Prof Carel ten Cate of Leiden University in the Netherlands. "But it turned out to be true."
This man is a hero! He obviously thwarted an invasion!