Wednesday, October 8, 2008

In the Mood to Collect?

...and now for something completely different.

(apologies to Monty.)

Here's your chance to score the latest (and greatest) oddity, like the inkwell used to write the Emancipation Proclamation...or Abraham Lincoln's last-worn (and bloodstained) collar...John Wilkes Booth's folding dagger...the cyanide capsule Herman Goering used to commit suicide...Lee Harvey Oswald's letters...even Napoleon's penis!

I'm not making this up. When John Lattimer, a urologist who taught at Columbia University, died in May 2007, aged 92, his daughter took up the task of cataloguing Lattimer's collection of 'curiosities.' (Lattimer's two sons declined to help out, even going so far as to suggest that some of the stuff be thrown out.) Eventually, a good share of it will go up for auction to satisfy the IRS.

Here's the article:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/21/garden/21lattimer.html?pagewanted=1

And a mind-boggling slideshow of some of the featured items:

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/08/21/garden/20080821-LATTIMER_index.html

I'd make smart cracks about Lattimer's collection...but I have this uneasy feeling there are too many weird things in MY stuff for me to be pointing fingers on the subject.

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Zzzzzzzz...

After four hours at Tuesday Morning's checkout line today, I can honestly relate. Okay, maybe a nap AND a cookie.