World’s Strangest

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Lobster is Cheap, Except in Restaurants

Fishermen are hauling in a bumper crop of lobsters this year. The harvest started early and remains big. Wholesale prices are way down right now. It’s clear that if you walk into a fish store that the price of live lobsters has indeed fallen sharply. But at the restaurants and seafood shacks that dot the coast, [...]

10 of the World’s Most Expensive Beers

If you like sampling new beers or hate having money, you might want to try one of these. 1. Sapporo’s Space Barley Price: $110/six-pack ABV: 5.5% In 2006, Japanese and Russian scientists tested how well barley could grow in space. They rocketed barley seeds to the International Space Station and planted them aboard the Zvezda Service Module. After spending [...]

Customer Reviews for the Iron Throne

As previously noted, you can pay $30,000 plus shipping–or the iron price–to sit on the throne of Westeros. Some customers of HBO’s online store, including characters from Game of Thrones, have left product reviews. Jill Pantozzi of The Mary Sue rounded up the funniest. You can read them at the link. Link

The Secrets to Winning 5 Popular State Fair Games

You’d think that since the prizes are usually cheaper than the price you pay to play, that carnival games would be easy to win. Not at all. But if you have the right strategy, and some tips from those who have been there, you can raise your chances of winning. The Art of Manliness has [...]

Camera Used To Film Star Wars Breaks Auction House Records

The Panavision PSR 35mm camera used to film the original Star Wars movie sold for over $600,000 at auction this week, a sale price which broke the record for highest selling price for a camera ever. The camera was refurbished back to it’s original state, was said to be in full working order, and now the [...]

How Much Would the Twelve Days of Christmas Actually Cost?

If you’re stumped for a gift this year and look to your favorite repetitive Christmas song for inspiration, be prepared to shell out a few clams. Going all out and buying your beloved all 78 items from the song will make your bank account about $24,263.18 lighter, up 3.5% from last year. With only a couple [...]

5 Idiotically Pricey Snack Foods

I don’t know about you guys, but I certainly appreciate a good hot dog. That being said, I have a serious aversion to getting price gouged, which is why I find the idea of a $69 hot dog to be simply sickening. If you’re into that sort of thing though, or if you love laughing [...]

Dr. Seuss’ Letter to the Children of Troy, Michigan

In 1971, Marguerite Hart, a children’s librarian in Troy, Michigan, wrote to many celebrities and political leaders and asked them to send back inspirational messages to the children of her town. 97 wrote back, among them Vincent Price, E.B. White, Pearl Bailey, Douglas Fairbanks, Isaac Asimov, and Pearl Buck. You can read them all at [...]

100 Years of Vincent Price

May 27th would have been Vincent Price’s 100th birthday. In honor of the occasion, artist Zach Bellissimo drew 100 characters played by Vincent Price on sticky notes! See the whole thing at DeviantART or you can enlarge them enough to see each drawing at his blog, Snaggle-Tooth Salad. Link -via Nag on the Lake

The $24 Million Book on Amazon

Sellers usually try to price their wares cheaper than their competitors, to make them more attractive to buyers. That’s how you get price wars. But the strategy can be very different for rare goods, where price is usually not the limiting factor. Here’s the strange tale of how The Making of a Fly, a scientific textbook [...]