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11 Toys Worth More Than My Car

I drive a 2000 Hyundai Elantra with its factory original tape deck. It’s in “fair” shape — low miles but a lotta dents. MSRP for this thing was about $12,000, and Blue Book value is now around $3,500. Let’s take a look at some literal children’s toys that cost more than my [...]

Rules of Finding a Roommate

Looking for a roommate? Christie Young of Good Magazine has a few rules you should follow. (Oh, how times have changed from when I was looking for a roommate back in college)

The Quick 10: 10 Iconic Movie Costumes Owned By Debbie Reynolds

Long before it was popular to do so, Debbie Reynolds collected Hollywood memorabilia. When costume departments were cleaning out their closets or repurposing garments for a new movie, Reynolds would swoop in and purchase items for her personal collection. Along the way, she has amassed more than 3,500 costumes and thousands of props and costume [...]

Music Box Automata Pistols

(Video Link) This is a truly amazing work of art and machinery. Built in Geneva by Rochat around the year 1820, these two pistol-like objects are actually tiny music boxes. When the user pulls the trigger, a tiny, realistic mechanical bird pops out of the end. It dances as the musical components play what sounds just [...]

One of the Very First Apple Computers Is up for Auction

Apple-1 #82, handmade by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, is up for auction at Christie’s. It’s expected to sell between $159,800 and $239,700: According to the auction Web site, this version of the Apple computer is number 82 of those made, and was hand built by Steve Wozniak and then “despatched from the garage of Steve [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Really Pricey Books

I have this fantasy that I am harboring a rare, insanely valuable first edition of some obscure book somewhere on my overstuffed bookshelves. I’ll decide I don’t need it someday and take it to trade in at Half Price Books and the overly-honest guy behind the counter will give me a look like I’ve lost [...]

Aging-related Changes in Agatha Christie’s Vocabulary

In a recently-presented scientific paper, Ian Lancashire and Graeme Hirst from the University of Toronto’s Department of English and Department of Computer Science demonstrate changes in the vocabulary used in Agatha Christie’s later novels. The professors digitized 14 Christie novels (and included two more available in the Gutenberg online text archive), and then, with the aid [...]

The Quick 10: The 10 Weirdest Pieces of Unclaimed Luggage

We’ve all seen it: that one lonely bag on the baggage claim track at the airport that just goes around and around with no owner in sight. What happens to it if no one ever shows up? There must be things in that bag that someone loved. Well, lots of times they end up at [...]

Poe’s Tamerlane Book Sold for $660K

Recession? What recession? Edgar Allan Poe’s first book, “Tamerlane and Other Poems,” has been sold at auction for a record price of $662,500: “This is known as the black tulip of U.S. literature,” said Francis Wahlgren, head of books and manuscripts at Christie’s in New York, which expects to get from $500,000 to $700,000 for the [...]

When The Sizzle is Worth More Than The Steak

Hugh Hefner and his daughter Christie spent over 50 years building the image of Playboy magazine, which is now up for sale. Iconix Brand Group, a fashion house, has expressed interest in purchasing Playboy Enterprises, but they have no interest in the famous magazine, its storehouse of interviews, or its photo archive of naked women. Competition [...]