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    Talking Happy Birthday E-Bay.

    E-Bay celebrates its 10th year today, here's a few of the weirdest things that have been offered on E-Bay....


    1. A £5 note - which went for £6.99

    2. GMTV girl Kate Garraway's half eaten banana fetched £1,650.

    3. Chewing gum spat out by Britney Spears went for £270.

    4. A half-empty bottle of hair colour once used by tragic grunge star Kurt Cobain fetched £175.

    5. The 'meaning of life' was sold by a man in California for £1.72.

    6. A bottle of holy water allegedly 'blessed' by rocker Ozzy Osbourne was bought for £12.50.

    7. A branch of a tree that broke off during Elvis's funeral at Graceland in 1977 fetched £467.50.

    8. Wayne Rooney's plaster cast after he broke his foot at Euro 2004 was sold for £2,000.

    9. A 'haunted' painting in which the children allegedly come alive at night went for £543.

    10. Mud from the Glastonbury Festival.

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    Re: Happy Birthday E-Bay.

    Ah god bless the wacky and wonderful world known as E-Bay. How a banana can go for over a grand is beyond me. And anything belonging to Wayne Rooney should be thrown in the bin in my opinion!!!

    Oh and you can add to that list some very awful clothes that I 'kindly' donated.

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    Re: Happy Birthday E-Bay.

    The 10 Weirdest Things Ever Sold On eBay

    Perhaps you've heard stories of people auctioning off strange items on eBay!, like the homely kid who put his virginity up for bid or the bald guys who offer their own heads as advertising space. But those are nothing compared to some of the items that have made their way onto eBay's digital auction block.

    Here are ten of the weirdest things ever to appear on eBay. To qualify for this list, the item or items must have received at least one bid, proving the point that no matter what you have to sell, somewhere there is a buyer for it.

    10. Item 191367029: The Internet If people can sell plots of land on the moon, then why can't someone sell the Internet? Someone did just that, for the bargain asking price of $1 million. Of course, it was all just a gag and it's unlikely that this Pay Pal transaction ever went through. But still, it would have been the deal of the century, the buyer was even throwing in free Internet access.

    9. Item 277481422: UFO Detector A prototype manufactured by a Brazilian company, this modified magnetometer is supposed to pick up UFO activity and was proven to work when red and orange balls of light appeared in the skies over Sao Paulo. Unfortunately, it wasn't 100% guaranteed due to the fact that "the propulsion systems of UFOs are not the same." Why would the seller want to part with such a unique item? It's okay he had two. Final sale price: $135.03.

    8. Item 248619068: The Meaning of Life Someone finally figured it out, and they put it up for sale on eBay. Even with eight bids this incredible find didn't fetch much, but it was probably the best $3.26 the winning bidder ever spent.

    7. Item 1178647016: Russian Test Space Shuttle This one-of-a-kind item was once offered by a Russian company for $2 million, but was posted on eBay for "a fraction of that." It's not known how much they wanted for the scaled-down Bor-5 VKK spacecraft, because the reserve price was never reached. Bidding topped out at $25,200, but perhaps it was the $5,000 shipping price that scared off potential buyers.

    6. Item 2961640885: Vampire Killing Kit The stylish vampire hunter would love this late 1800s European "vampire killing kit," which included a crossbow with four silver-tipped arrows, an ebony wood stake, a large bottle of holy water and various surgical instruments, among other things. A solid mahogany wood box kept the items secure until they would be needed. Final bid: $4,550.

    5. Item 289158639: Real Shrunken Head Straight from the Jivaro Indian tribe in the jungles of Ecuador to the world's largest electronic marketplace, a total of 26 shrunken heads were put up for sale. Only 7 people bid on them, with the top bidder paying just under $25. It is assumed that he or she got first choice of the heads, which ranged in color from dark brown to gray.

    4. Item 2931457201: Ghost In a Jar As the story goes, the seller of this item found a rotted wooden box while metal detecting. Inside were two glass jars and a journal. One of the jars was accidentally dropped, causing a black mist of some sort to be released. The other jar and the journal were taken home, and the seller proceeded to be haunted by something he could only describe as "The Black Thing." Wishing to pass the jar (and the ghost) on to someone else, he put the still unopened jar on eBay, insisting that only serious bidders would be considered. People must have loved the story, because there were well over 60 bids placed. Unfortunately, not all of them were serious, because the selling price topped $90 million. No word as to who finally wound up with the jar, or if they too had supernatural visitors. Since this auction, there have been many, many more "ghost in a jar" items posted on eBay.

    3. Item 150118191: USAF Hughes AIM-4D Falcon Missile Yes, a real missile was auctioned off; fortunately, it was disarmed prior to the sale. The bidding reached $3,950, but the reserve price was never met.

    2. Item 127658711: Serial Killer's Fingernails In 1979, Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris cruised southern California on a killing spree that resulted in at least five victims. And now, the fingernails of Roy Norris have been sold on eBay for only $9.99. Taped to the back of a Christmas card, they were accompanied by a penned note from Norris himself, signed and topped off with the serial killer's black thumbprint.

    1. Item number not known: "Stricken Life" Painting A rather macabre-looking self-portrait of a man known only as "Harold," this painting is believed to be haunted. The artist was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in early 2001. Knowing that he could no longer care for his Multiple Sclerosis-stricken wife, he put a double-barrel shotgun against her head while she was sleeping and squeezed the trigger. He then went into the den and put the shotgun in his own mouth. The house where the murder-suicide took place was eventually sold, and the new owners found the painting. Strange things started happening, such as the family dog sitting in front of the painting and howling, so Harold had to go on eBay, of course.



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    Re: Happy Birthday E-Bay.

    I don't suppose u know what the highest bid ever received on E-Bay was??

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    Re: Happy Birthday E-Bay.

    Over a period of time, I have won a little over two hundred items from E-bay. Only two were problematic, both concerning chickens. One was a ring with a chicken picture on it that got bent up in the mail. She promised replacemnet but never delivered. The other was a chicken keychain/lighter that was never delivered. Neither were big ticket items, so that was no great loss.

    Happy Birthday E-bay! Most of the folks there are great to do business with.
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    I have won about 16 bids over time anf knock on wood .
    I think for the most part ebay toes a pretty good line with its salers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by along-for-the-ride
    Over a period of time, I have won a little over two hundred items from E-bay. Only two were problematic, both concerning chickens. One was a ring with a chicken picture on it that got bent up in the mail. She promised replacemnet but never delivered. The other was a chicken keychain/lighter that was never delivered. Neither were big ticket items, so that was no great loss.

    Happy Birthday E-bay! Most of the folks there are great to do business with.
    You sure do love your chickens dont you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisb84uk
    I don't suppose u know what the highest bid ever received on E-Bay was??
    Could be one of these (courtesy of Daily Mirror)...........

    1. In 2003, a 340-year-old copy of Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre, which survived the Great Fire of London in 1666, was snapped up for £5million.

    2. A 12-seater Gulfstream II jet went for £3.2m in 2001.

    3. A Ferrari Enzo sports car - one of only 399 built - sold for £544,000 in 2003.

    4. In 2002 an 82-acre town, Bridgeville in California, was sold for £531,250.

    5. A silver VW Golf once owned by Pope BenedictXVI fetched £128,000 this year.

    6. A handbag once owned by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher fetched £103,000.

    7. A drill which helped dig the Channel Tunnel sold for £39,999.

    8. Lady Penelope's Rolls-Royce from the original Thunderbirds TV show sold for £20,000.

    9. A 10-year-old sandwich with the image of the Virgin Mary went for £17,500.

    10. A decommissioned nuclear bunker in Pickering, N Yorks, sold for £17,100 in June last year.

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    Re: Happy Birthday E-Bay.

    Wow 5 million huh, that sure is a lotta cash to be spending. It really does make you smile when you see some of the crazy things that you can purchase on E-Bay. I mean they practically sell anything and everything that you could wish for on there.

    Well with a few exceptions that I can think of

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    You sure do love your chickens dont you?
    My secret is out! :yh_
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