1. COVID-Free Bag of air – 210,086 views (Hamilton student Ryan Stokes celebrated his negative COVID test by breathing into a ziplock bag and popping it up for sale onsite.The auction was withdrawn)
2. Dad, I
found a rock, mate that’s not a rock – 157,275 views (also known as a ‘leprechaun turd’ found by a Christchurch father and son on a walk during level 4 lockdown and sold for $274.)
3. Dan Carter’s All Blacks Test Jersey – 129,357 views ( listed to support his local rugby club, Southbridge, after COVID. It sold for selling for $21,300.)
4. Jacinda Ardern & Ashley Bloomfield – 105,744 views (A superhero-themed sketch of the Prime Minister and the Director general of health by Auckland artist Jason Hoyt took out fourth place, receiving 105,744 views and selling for $6,350.)
5. Lunch with Dr Ashley Bloomfield at Bellamy’s – Cancer Society Fundraiser – 87,645 views. Sold for he top bid reached $13,350.
6. “Potentially” Nuclear Fusion Reactor *Comes with Deuterium* – 77,888 views (didn’t sell)
7. Excavator bed – 67,820 views. Sold for $1750
8. Satan printer – 66,344 views (A printer called Satan sold for $200)
9. McDonald’s Szechuan sauce – 60,163 views (Some inside joke from cartoon Rick and Morty that didn’t translate into cash for the seller)
10. Ride in a McLaren- 55,840 views (Someone with deep pockets paid $1545 for this experience)

Ye Olde dating tips

Did you know…

1. In 1975, a cat was listed as the co-author of a prestigious physics paper because the author had accidentally written ‘we’ instead of ‘I’ throughout and couldn’t be bothered changing it..
2. Frank Sinatra died the night of Seinfeld’s finale and his ambulance made it to the hospital in record time because traffic was so light due to everyone watching the show.
3. In the early 20th century, Irish eccentric Horace de Vere Cole is said to have bought eight front-row tickets for a West End play he didn’t like. In the seats he put eight bald men, each of whom had a single letter painted on top of his head, spelling out ‘B-O-L-L-O-C-K-S’.

A needle by another name

A reader writes: “Some people turn their nose up at the term “jab” — declaring it not an accurate description of the experience. To jab is to poke roughly or quickly, especially with something sharp or pointed… but neither does “a little scratch” describe the process, though every doctor and nurse who has put a needle in me has said this. I don’t know whether it’s their training or a universal reluctance to tell someone that they’re going to feel a little prick.”

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