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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!
Cops Bust 'Michael Myers' on Texas Beach
Amazing animal rescues: Goat and rooster save chicken from hawk attack and deer mauls hawk while trying to capture a rabbit
He "was subsequently cited with disorderly conduct." Why? What did he do that was disorderly? Was there even anybody near him?
'Vladimir Putin' is a banned name in Sweden
A couple in Sweden have been officially banned from naming their newborn baby after the Russian leader. We've seen a lot of cases of strange names over the years, from a couple in Indonesia who named their newborn son 'Statistical Information Communication Office' to a man in the UK who got so bored with his existing name that he decided to have it officially changed to 'Bacon Double Cheeseburger'.
In Sweden, however, things are a lot more strict - as evidenced by a story this week of a couple who wanted to name their son 'Vladimir Putin' but were told by authorities that it wasn't permitted.
Even though the Russian leader's name is nothing out of the ordinary, Swedish tax agency Skatteverket - which requires couples to report the names of their newborns - has some strict rules when it comes to what is considered acceptable.
These rules forbid names that are offensive or that could cause problems for the individual in later life. Presumably the reason for the ban in this case is more likely to be the latter than the former. Other examples of banned names in Sweden include Ford, Allah, Pilzner and Q.
Whatever one may generally think of the ethics of suicide, some modes of killing oneself are clearly unethical.
Two dead after man jumps from New York building, strikes another person below
I just saw that in the Post. Damn, talk about meeting the person you were destined to meet
They should have named the kid Pootie Poot as GW Bush named him.
‘Missing’ Turkish man joined search party for himself
Yesterday I was talking on the phone and as I was getting out of my car to go into the grocery store I stated to the person on the phone that I was looking for my phone to take with me in the store but I can't find it...lol doh!
Man Finds Giant Skull In The Middle Of A River (msn.com)
The MSN link is dead, they took the video down, maybe because its fake, I don't know but here is another link that still has the video up...
Construction worker baffled to find massive skull in the middle of a river
Not truly bizarre, but uncommon. Video at link.
Home intruder attacked and killed by Georgia homeowner's dogs, investigators say
COWETA COUNTY, Ga. - Investigators say a possible intruder at home in Coweta County was mauled to death by the homeowner’s dogs. They say the resident returned home Friday morning and discovered a dead man on his front porch.
An autopsy confirmed the cause of death as a dog attack. Investigators say the evidence indicates the man was inside where the dogs were located at some point but died outside the home.
Investigators say the homeowner doesn’t know the man or why he would be in his home.
The man has been identified as Alex Binyam Abraha, 21, of Atlanta. Deputies say he had active warrants for his arrest in Fulton County.
The deceased suspect
No charges are expected against the home owner. Authorities had seized the dogs as part of the investigation. It has not yet been determined what happens next for them.
Missouri man selling catalytic converter online forgets to hide meth
A Missouri man trying to sell a catalytic converter online has been arrested after a huge stash of meth and a syringe were spotted in the background of the photo he used for the advertisement.
James Kertz, 38, was taken into custody in Reeds Spring on Wednesday after posting a photo of the catalytic converter on Facebook Marketplace. His bag of meth and drug paraphernalia were clearly visible on the coffee table behind the exhaust emission device he was trying to get rid of.
Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said someone tipped them off to the drug stash soon after Kertz posted the ad on Facebook.
"Apparently he must have been under the influence because in the background of his picture he posted, he left his large bag of meth and syringe on the coffee table," the sheriff said.
"Take note, if you are selling items on social media, make sure your drugs are not in the background!"
Authorities conducted a search warrant at Kertz’s home and uncovered 48 grams of meth and a handgun he wasn’t legally allowed to own, the sheriff said.
"We have now provided him a new place to stay. Sorry folks, his catalytic converters are not for sale right now," the sheriff added.
Kertz remained in Stone County jail without bond on Friday on a charge of possessing a controlled substance.
He has prior convictions for resisting arrest, domestic assault, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.
Hope they don't euthanize those dogs