Wednesday, January 18, 2006

People losing their damn minds #6

An online casino for paying $25 000 for one of William Shatner's kidney stones.

Celebrity effects being sold for charity or at auction has always struck me as a bit weird even when it's something of value - but a kidney stone? The piece informs us of the difficult arrival of said kidney stone:

"The actor was rushed to hospital after suffering "unbearable" backache that prompted him to drop to his knees in pain while filming on the set of Boston Legal, according to a TV interview last year.

"It was just unbelievable and it made you think about what pain is," he said.

The operation is said to be excruciatingly painful, and the auction price includes the surgical stint and string used to permit passage of the stone.

The stone was so big, Shatner said, "you'd want to wear it on your finger"."
Wear it on your finger indeed! He's lost his damn mind too - but why the hell are we being given all this information anyway? Does an especially painful delivery add value in the febrile and dynamic international kidney-stone market or something?

Don't get me wrong - nice of them to give some of the dosh they've fleeced from their customers to charity and all, but can't they just give the money without all this? I mean what is the matter with people that they have to be prompted by the sale of a tempting kidney-stone before they part with their money? Lost their damn minds, if you ask me.

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