Blob of glue resembling Homer Simpson fetches big bucks on eBay

Published Jan. 31, 2012


Someone must be a huge fan of 'the Simpsons'

A blob of dried glue bearing a vague resemblance to Homer Simpson sold for more than $239,000 (152,200 pounds) Monday after attracting 85 bids. London-based seller Christopher Herbert didn't know if the bizarre item would attract any interest when he put it on Putting it up for sale out of fun, he set a starting price of just $1.55 (or 99 pence), but bidding quickly rocketed. "Well what can I say? Who would have thought Homer Gluehead would be the most valuable thing I own after my flat," he posted on eBay. After finding the item while clearing out his stationery cupboard, Herbert listed the object after his girlfriend noticed it shared some of the TV show character's distinctive features.

Facebook follies

Status update: Just got busted

Atlanta police said they arrested two teenagers accused of breaking into the CNN newsroom and using computers to check their Facebook pages. Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said CNN security contacted police around 3:30 a.m. Friday to report there was "someone in their secure area newsroom" on the fifth floor of CNN Center, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Jones said Aldayne Fearon, 18, and Francis Mutemwa, 17, were arrested and charged with criminal trespass. "At the time of their arrest, they were checking their Facebook pages on those computers," she said.

Big tipper

Pay no attention to the grease stains

Customers at a landmark burger joint called Fat Smitty's in Port Angeles, Wash., have wondered for years how much money was plastered to the eatery's walls and ceiling. The answer, it turns out, was a pretty penny. The Peninsula Daily News reports that Carl "Fat Smitty" Schmidt enlisted Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts to take down the dough this past weekend, including many dollar bills decorated by patrons who stuck them on the walls. The total? $10,316. Schmidt says he's giving all but $3,000 to a local Boy Scouts project. The rest will go to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. The tradition began years ago when a traveling salesman wrote his name on a single dollar bill and tacked it to one of the restaurant's wall.

Living testament

The best toast of their wedding day

A British couple is still using a toaster they got as a wedding gift 58 years ago. Fred Horley, 80, and his wife, Joan, 79, of Plymouth, England, have had the British-made Morphy Richards machine through thick and thin since they were wed on May 23, 1953. "It still turns out perfect toast today," Fred told the Plymouth Herald last week. "We must have gone through a dozen or more electric kettles in that time, but the toaster is as good as new." The toaster has long outlasted every other gift that the Horleys received. "The only other thing I've still got from my wedding day is my wife," Fred said.

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