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Archive for September 2009

You won’t find any of these items in eBay’s motors section or in collectibles. Instead, the strangest eBay auctions are to be found by trawling through the thousands of items in the “everything else”. Here, we run through the 10 most bizarre.

1. Dead fairy found at yard sale

A couple of months ago, I stopped in at a yard sale and came across this strange little creature. The apparent mummified corpse of a fairy being – or some kind of demon offspring (?) – this specimen is surreal to be around. My cat continually tries to get at the diminutive cadaver through the jar; and the thing just generally unnerves people whom have been in its admittedly creepy presence. It does have a definite Black Magick, otherworldly, Voodoo feel about it. In my opinion, the faint of heart are better off not having this thing around them.

2. Halloween prop female dismembered

You are bidding on what was “originally” a Real Doll. Never was “used”, used only for display. Now, being made available, as a PREMIER, Halloween prop. Made of top grade silicone material. I could only imagine what could be done with this item, from a person with a creative imagination. Amazingly, the life like feeling of the flesh is truly, something to behold. You won’t be disappointed in the realistic touch.

3. Petrified dead frog (not sure how it died)

Well, I know this is kinda freakish, but this is not my idea you see. I found this dead frog that apears to be petrified in some way behind my couch when I was vacuuming one day. You can imagine my suprise. Actually, I just freaked! First, I thought It was a huge dead bug from a distance. So, I went to grab a paper towel to pick it up and just throw it away. I came back, got down there, and I noticed what looked like a tiny backbone showing through skin. Upon closer invetigation, I realized that this weird-looking object was a frog at one point. It’s kind of sad. You can see the position he died. Just sitting there, back legs bent just like a frog does. I don’t know what killed him or why. I just found it. I don’t want to keep this, but I really can’t see throwing it away when it is so interesting to look at. I mentioned it to my mom, and she knows I have been trying my hand at reselling things on ebay. So, she said why don’t you try to sell it? So there you go! Here’s your petrified frog. I will start the bidding at what I estimate it will cost to list and ship it. Thanks for listening to me jabber. Enjoy your dead Frog!

4. Silicon rubber tapeless foreskin tugger

If you’re circumcised, chances are you have no idea what you’re missing. The foreskin you were born with was meant to protect your glans, keeping it supple and sensitive. Now you can get back some of the sensation that was taken from you. 200,000 men are restoring their foreskins.

5. 1 Pint sun dried California bees, Yellowjackets

Here we have a full pint of organically grown Yellowjacket bees. Sun dried and ready for your creative use!

6. Face in chocolate chip cookie

I baked some choc chip cookies and when I took a tray out of the oven this one was looking up at me.

7. My medicinal nipple hair

I know it sounds crazy but you be the judge!!!!! I plucked out one of my nipple hairs just for fun the other day and when I touched it to a cut I had…two weeks later the cut healed!! What? You Say…I said that too but OMG(for you texters out there)…it really works!!! Here’s what you do: scotch tape my nipple hair to the area that’s hurt like if you have a cut or a broken leg( now if it’s a broken bone the nipple hair may take a few months to help you but it’s still worth a shot!!! Once the nipple hair has done it’s job(leave it scotch taped to your boo-boo until your boo-boo heals) pass it on to a friend. You get one of my medicinal nipple hairs per price listed so hurry before they’re all gone. Don’t worry I’ll use both nipples!

8. Mutant cucumber – must see – words fail me!

Be the first and only person on your block to own this item! 100% ORGANIC! Words cannot describe this item! I’ve seen worm’s disguised as plants, but never a plant that looks like a caterpillar! This is a must have for any collection! Preserve it and keep it forever! Amaze friends with this unique item! Wonderful conversation starter! Hurry! This is only listed for a short while, as it is currently perishable!

9. Yelling services – call me to just yell your heart out

Hey My Name Is Justin Vames And I’m Looking At All The Ways I Can Earn Money For College. So You Know Or Remember The Times You Were So Mad And Just Need Someone To Yell Or Curse At? Well Here It Is, The Chance To Just Pickup The Phone And Yell Your Heart Out, (Included Are The Optional Talk Back Mode For Free), I Am Trying To Earn Up Money For James Madison University Next Year And Thought This Would Be A Great Service For The Public, And Myself. So What Are You Waiting For, I Will Give The Highest Bidder A Ten Minute Session, And A Optional Talk About Your Problem For Free. The Highest Bidder Will Be Messaged Through eBay, The Way You Can Contact Me, Fast And Easy. Good Luck And Happy Bidding’s!

10. Really Weird Unique iMac Computer Cage for Hamsters

Up for auction is a one of a kind very unique iMac rodent cage, handmade by ak_drummer. Made from the shell of a blue iMac with all the guts removed. Comes with the keyboard and mouse shown, no idea if they work or not. Everything is safe, I put my own hamster in there for a while just to get a good laugh and sense of accomplishment. Nothing toxic was used in constructing of the cage, nothing is poking out. It is more for ascetic purposes then an actual cage. HOWEVER the best rodent suited for the cage would be a hamster due to the fact that they do not chew as veraciously as mice, gerbils, and rats. WOULD NOT recommend a rat being in this cage as they can more then likely just chew through the cage front, let along the thin plastic in back.

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After a lion nearly mauled Telegraph journalist Charles Starmer-Smith, we asked wildlife experts to share their thoughts.

Brian Jackman
British wildlife journalist and author

Bloody hell, Charles is one lucky writer. Thank goodness that lion still has his milk teeth! With adult canines the size of one’s thumbs it would have been a great deal worse. What madness, to invite Charles into the lion’s den. With those two guys crouching over him I suspect the lion felt threatened and reacted in the way he would if scrapping with his litter mates in the wild. As soon as I saw its tail thump I knew there was going to be aggro.

As for being asked to tickle its tummy, how crazy was that? Just try it at home with your own fireside moggy. More often than not you can end up with four paws and lots of sharp claws wrapped around your hand.

Sub-adult male lions are invariably unruly. I was once in the same position at Okonjima, Namibia, and went into a compound with a year-old male lion and its handler, Dave Houghton. He said: “If the lion shows an interest and approaches you [which it did], just stand close behind me [which I did], and I’ll fend it off.” The lion then lost interest in me, but I still felt very uncomfortable and was glad when it was all over.

It was a sub-adult male (Shyman) that nearly did for Tony Fitzjohn at George Adamson’s camp back in the Seventies. It bit him through the throat and nearly killed him. So even an experienced lion handler – someone regarded as a human “pride member” – can be at risk.

Jonathan Scott
Wildlife photographer, zoologist and host of the BBC’s Big Cat Diary

That is a scary bit of footage. Having watched wild lions for more than 30 years I could feel my blood running cold. It was very apparent that the “handler” did not have control of the lion in the first place – not sufficiently to allow the Telegraph’s writer to stay in the enclosure for one extra second once the young male began to show signs of real aggression.

I am very wary of these situations. I have a friend, David Mascal, who has worked hands-on with lions for years at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. He has routinely gone into enclosures with young cubs and “played” with them. I have seen Dave roughhousing with lions of the kind of age that Charles encountered, but those lions did not show the kind of aggression that young male displayed. In fact, Dave was later seriously mauled by a lioness which tore his hand up. She had been rescued from Nairobi National Park as a one-and-a-half-year-old incapable of fending for herself. Dave was outside the enclosure when the attack occurred, but she grabbed his forearm and started to pull him through the wire mesh! His hand had to be operated on and was a mess.

Young adolescent males are particularly tricky – they are increasingly full of testosterone and routinely test their strength in play-fights with their age mates. Normally these are played out with claws retracted and without biting hard, but every so often these sessions escalate as one or other of the combatants becomes increasingly rough and/or dominant. It is one thing to be a lion in these circumstances; equipped to fight back in time-honoured manner and possessing all the nuances of how to show submission or dominance. But a thin-skinned human is an easy target and cannot just break off the encounter whenever they want to.

Crucially perhaps, too, Charles had entered the lion’s domain, and the lion felt very confident.

Charles did all the right things once the young male started to cut up rough. In fact, he did brilliantly by containing and controlling his fear.

It is easy with hindsight to question what went on, but the “handler” really should have got Charles out of there the minute the lion showed signs of aggression. Instead, it was allowed to escalate progressively making it very difficult to extract Charles from the enclosure. You simply cannot take risks like that.

Colin Bell
African wildlife veteran and founder of Great Plains, a conservation and wildlife tourism company

Every time I see footage like this, I get angry – at the people who cage animals and at the people who treat wild animals as adrenalin toys. From the moment the video started rolling you could see the lion was uneasy. I was uncomfortable about every part of that situation: the cage itself, the handler and the journalist – for wanting to go into the cage in the first place, and then for not reading the signs and saying that the moment was not right. He should have backed out long before he did. In the past 50 years, the African lion population has plummeted from 450,000 in the middle of the last century to fewer than 20,000 today. These are animals that should be afforded the highest levels of protection and not considered as play animals. Along with respect will come protection and the start of their conservation. Lions in the wild are in grave danger and this type of behaviour does not bode well for their long-term future.

It’s the latest thing for the paranoid pet owner: an earthquake survival kit for cats and dogs.

Animal lovers living in earthquake-prone regions can now buy special kits to ensure the survival of their most cherished pets should the earth begin the tremble.

Manufacturers Oyagokoro, from Japan, have released three types of earthquake packs for dogs and cats of different sizes.

In the case of an emergency, pet-owners can relax. The kit contains a padded jacket and rain hat, special boots to protect paws, and aromatherapy oil to soothe stressed out cats and dogs.

Also included in the pack – which doubles as a carry case for smaller pets – is a waterproof ID capsule with the animal’s details and a bell should they become lost in rubble.

Hainan Jacket: The kit contains a padded jacket and rain hat, special boots to protect paws, and aromatherapy oil to soothe stressed out cats and dogs.

Hainan Jacket: The kit contains a padded jacket and rain hat, special boots to protect paws, and aromatherapy oil to soothe stressed out cats and dogs.

Food, water and bowls for feeding and a muzzle to prevent spooked pets from biting rescuers also feature.

Laurel Stavros, 29, from Hawaii, USA, is Vice President of Rinkya Inc, which distributes the kits worldwide.

She said: “Although it may seem odd to have a special kit for your pet, most are part of our families, so really this kit makes sense in that it helps to protect your precious dog or cat.

“Japan is certainly known for their love of pets, with many choosing to get a pet over having children.

“They dress them up in expensive clothes and push them around in prams. In 2006, dogs outnumbered children age 10 and under in Japan.”

The product comes in Ultimate, Basic and Life styles and range from £100 to £400. Owners are encouraged to keep an item of worn personal clothing in a section to let panicky animals smell it and be calmed as buildings collapse around them.