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Who needs a bailout when you have bidders?

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Who needs a bailout when you have bidders?

An eBay seller may have inadvertently found a way to solve Detroit's problems: Get Barack Obama to pre-own all its cars. Because bidders were just going nutso for the president-elect's old 2005 Chrysler 300C, similar to the one above. Sure, it has low mileage and a ton of choice options, but the Blue Book says it's worth about $13,500. So there isn't another likely reason that bidding reached almost $100-million before the seller required bidders to gain preapproval and set a Buy it Now price of $1-million. Obama sold the car early in his campaign and bought a hybrid.


The job market expands for witches

A debt collection company in Lithuania has a new employee. But Vilija Lobaciuviene isn't an intimidating physical presence. Doesn't even have a really threatening voice. But she is the country's leading witch. And the company plans to have her use her powers to hunt down deadbeat people and companies. "I am glad someone needs my help and I will do whatever I can," she said. Others were less excited about the prospects. "If they really believe that this woman may help someone get money back, then there's something very wrong with this country," said columnist Monika Bonckute.

Higher learning

Blonds have class

Researchers at the Sorbonne in Paris will conduct a conference this weekend titled "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," with the focus being, why? "Blondness awakens desire, probably because of the ambivalence it carries, from innocence to perversion," said Marie-Camille Bouchindomme, an organizer of the conference. That probably makes sense in French. The conference will involve experts in literature, art, music and film discussing possible answers to questions including: "Why does the blonde exert such fascination and awaken so many fantasies?"

Class has porn

A college in Taiwan has a new class in which students are taught how to appreciate and analyze porn movies. It is an elective class, and students may leave if the films get too graphic, though the teacher reports that none have. One student, who asked to remain anonymous for whatever reason, said "If I get a very good score in this course, I don't know how I'll explain it to my parents." More than 50 students have signed up for the class, and most admit to having some experience watching porn.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at

Who needs a bailout when you have bidders? 01/15/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:34pm]
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