eBay prohibits the sale of expired food, but that doesn’t stop weirdos from posting all sorts of strange edibles. Want a nibble of Justin Timberlake's soggy leftovers? How about a treat from Paris Hilton's garbage can? Some are shaped like states, others like famous movie aliens, but one thing is for sure--they're all hideously overpriced.
You’d never be served a half-eaten sausage link at a cafe or a bed and breakfast, but if you have thousands of dollars, you can eat that—and other delicious secondhand treats—in the comfort of your own home.
Obama's Half-Eaten Breakfast
After Barack Obama enjoyed a tasty breakfast of waffles and sausage at the Gilder Diner in Scranton, Pennsylvania, a waitress wrapped up his scraps (and cutlery) and gave them to a loyal customer. The customer, who did not want to hog the DNA-coated leftovers, put them up for auction on eBay. Unfortunately, the item was pulled out of the auction for violating the rules, but not before it reached a whopping $20,100 US. It also spawned all sorts of strange waffle-inspired paraphernalia, like paintings and campaign buttons.
Justin Timberlake's French Toast
Back in the days when he ruled the tween-pop scene, Justin Timberlake's small stomach costed one crazed fan over a thousand dollars! When the star foolishly left behind two pieces of French Toast after a meal in New York, staff snapped up the scraps and caused an eBay frenzy. A 19-year-old fan paid $1,025 for the food (plus the plate and fork!) and now plans to display it in her room.
When two sisters from Virginia found an Illinois-shaped flake in a box of Frosted Flakes, they knew they’d hit the eBay jackpot. The flake, which measured 2 inches by 1 â…œ inches and did indeed bear an uncanny resemblance to the Land of Lincoln, was immediately put up for auction. The sisters’ first attempt failed when the flake was pulled for violating eBay’s food policy, but they got around the rules by selling a coupon redeemable for the flake, rather than the cereal itself. The winner of the auction paid $1,350 and hopes to add it to a traveling museum.
A decade-old sandwich said to bear the image of the Virgin Mary was sold on eBay for $28,000. The sandwich was first made by Florida resident Diana Diys, who said it brought her tremendous luck, including $70,000 winnings at a local casino. Oddly, the sandwich was bought by an internet casino who hopes to take it on a world tour before selling it for charity. The most miraculous part of this story? The sandwich had never gone moldy.
Nutrigrain Shaped Like E.T.
Inspired by the auction of the Virgin Mary grilled cheese, the Australian man who discovered a Nutrigrain shaped like E.T. sold it on eBay for $1,035. He received 40 bids for the thumbnail-sized item, but will not reveal the identity of the winning bidder. To make his sale even more ridiculous, the man sold his story to A Current Affair for $3,000.
Croissant Shared by Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen
The Museum of Celebrity Leftovers (yes, it’s real) is selling a single flake from a croissant shared by Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. They’re asking £60, but at least the money will go to a children’s cancer charity. Also for sale are Prince Charles’s tiny bread and butter pudding leftovers (£300) and a piece of zucchini from a soup eaten by Mia Wasikowsha, star of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
Paris Hilton's Dog Food
While on vacation in Hawaii, someone sifted through Paris Hilton’s garbage and stole a used can of gourmet dog food (hey, dogs have to eat breakfast too). It was then sold on eBay for $305, which is the exact price someone else paid for her used toothbrush.