Go Figure

$10,000

Opening bid of a disturbing (yet humorous, we thought) auction we found on eBay last Friday. The seller, 24-year-old “andrewesp,” writes: “You are bidding for the sole right to advertise on my corpse … as soon as my corpse is discovered and otherwise legally available to you. … I probably won’t die soon but my risky behaviors include snowboarding (still highly unskilled), motor scootering (several wipeouts resulting in nasty road rash), bicycling (rode into a telephone pole once on stepmom’s bike 11 yrs ago, please don’t tell her), running (been hit twice already, different drivers), avid climber of things (fell backwards out of barn, stranded on Pike’s Peak), and I have aspirations of base jumping, bungee jumping, running with the bulls in Spain and mixing coke with Pop Rocks.” By press time, no one had placed a bid.

$300 million

Debt carried by Atkins Nutritionals Inc., which sought bankruptcy protection last week. This evidently prompted an outpouring of glee from potato farmers. “As the word gets out to our growers, they’re jumping up and down in their fields,” Frank Muir, president of the Idaho Potato Commission, told the AP. “This has been a major challenge, and they’ve fought it.” Muir blames the Atkins diet and others like it for cutting U.S. potato consumption by about 5 percent since 2002. “We do feel a sweet victory,” he said.