Video: Fossilized feces sold

By Brian Tracey Associate editor
msnbc.com
updated 5/1/2008 7:05:42 PM ET 2008-05-01T23:05:42
COMMENTARY

Despite all the worries about a recession, here's a sure sign the economy is not in the dumper: A pile of dinosaur dung 130 million years old sold at a New York auction this week for nearly $1,000.

The prehistoric deposit fetched $960, said a spokeswoman for Bonhams New York. Its pre-auction estimate was $450.

The fossilized dung is from the Jurassic era, the auction house said. It looks like a rock on the outside and a colorful mineral inside. And we know you're wondering about this — the fossilized feces is odorless.

The buyer was Steve Tsengas of Fairport Harbor, Ohio. The 71-year-old owns OurPets, a company that sells products to treat dog and cat waste.

Tsengas bought the dung in hopes of motivating his employees and to use it as a marketing tool by displaying it at the company's booth at trade shows, he said.

"Poop," he said, "is a big business in the pet industry."

Maybe his engineers will be able to replicate the fossilization process in order to sell Pet Poop Rocks.

Posh nosh
This is one way to super-size sales: Burger King in the U.K. plans to serve up the world’s most expensive cheeseburger — costing a staggering $170.

The sumptuous sandwich was originally to be made from finest Japanese Kobe beef and topped with foie gras and a rare blue cheese, The Sun newspaper reported.

But later the fast-food chain dropped the foie gras condiment after howls from British animal-rights activists over the use of the goose-liver delicacy.

Burger King said it will roll out the choice cheeseburger in the tony London neighborhoods of Kensington and Chelsea first.

Apparently they are looking for high concentrations of affluent fast-foodies.

Fishing folly
These anglers should have known something fishy was going on: Three Hong Kong residents thought they had hit the big time when they sold a rare giant fish for for over $2,500 — but they missed out on reeling in a $126,000 bonanza, a newspaper reported recently.

The 187-pound Chinese Bahaba, also known as a giant yellow croaker, is believed to be the largest caught in Hong Kong in 10 years, Hong Kong's Apple Daily reported.

One of the anglers, a housewife called Mickey, was photographed lying beside the five-and-a-half-foot-long fish after it had been hauled ashore, following a 90-minute struggle.

The trio quickly sold the fish to a local fisherman thinking they'd hit the jackpot, but without realizing the croaker's true value.

The fisherman subsequently sold the rare giant fish — which is highly prized for its costly swim bladder or fish maw — to a seafood restaurant for $74,000.

The speculation didn't stop there. The fish was resold to a mainland Chinese buyer for over $126,000, the newspaper reported.

Now that's one that really got away.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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