Sydney Johnston was interviewed by ABC News and was mentioned in the story below about weird stuff found on eBay. The article below was written by Buck Wolf, then of ABCNews.
Imagine my profound sadness when I heard someone sold used dentures last
After leafing through all the unbelievable junk in Marc Hartzman’s Found
I may even sell my trash can. I’ll even throw in all the contents. Anyone
Even if you look beyond the “genuine” dinosaur poop, the Enron ethics
Look at these eBay specials: two “rare” mutant M&Ms that are joined
Hartzman’s book beautifully illustrates all these treasures. But perhaps
“People sell all these things, not just because they can, but because
“As for buyers, I think each one has his own story.”
To find weird eBay merchandise, all you have to do is go to the Web site’s
Pop in the right word and you might find a “used but clean” Speedo style
Bidding for that swimsuit started at $4. Not bad.
If eBay and other Internet auction sites have energized America’s yard-sale
When a piece of French toast partially eaten by Justin Timberlake sells
But how do you explain why some eBay buyer bought one used size-9 work
“Somebody stole the left boot so I must sell the right boot,” the seller
“Now, you might laugh, but realize that this boot, being almost two
The boot sold for $1.25.
Call it cheap humor. But it works.
“With the listing fee, an auction like that is just a laugh,” Hartzman
But cheap jokes can have surprising payoffs.
When a seller listed “Gross Dentures” for sale, he probably didn’t expect
“They are in gross condition,” the seller announced in the product description
These particular chompers were obtained in an estate sale from a 94-year-old
One of the joys of eBay is the ability to contact the seller to talk
Inquiring about the gross dentures, Hartzman tells the seller, “I recently
He asked if these used prosthetic teeth could be cleaned and used.
“You have to be crazy. I don’t want to touch them much less clean them,”
Still, the seller says, “If you think you want to use these, just jump
EBay has rules. You can’t auction off a human kidney or souvenir debris
But, for the most part, the world is your marketplace. You photograph
“You will see people sell the fingernail clippings of serial killers,”
“There are so many listings that it’s hard for eBay to police the site.”
However, eBay is becoming more corporate, and the small sellers with
“It’s getting stodgier and stuffier, much more corporate,” she says.
But you can still do some wild things. Several weeks ago, 39-year-old
Swanson, a father of four boys, says he needs the money for his family,
Hartzman details 101 bizarre auctions in his well-illustrated book. Here
Shark Fetus: You could have been the owner of “Jaws Jr.” —
Stuffed Two-Headed Calf: According to the seller, the two-headed
Taxidermied Musical Bullfrog: Does PETA know about this? Once
Absolutely Nothing: Here’s a great present for an existentialist
After six bids, nothing sold for $1.03 — which might be pricey,
Hornet’s Nest: It’s 22 inches high, 1 foot long and “would make
The Soul of One Human Being: A Kentucky man offered for sale the
Goat Toenail Bracelet: This bizarre piece of jewelry from Guatemala
Buck Wolf is entertainment producer at ABCNEWS.com.