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The Most Ridiculous Things People Spend Money For

Joey Pickel, Sentry Staff Reporter

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The old saying, money does not grow on trees,” is a phrase often used to teach kids about the importance of money, and that it is not everlasting.  However, it is clear not all parents got this message through, because what some people spend money on in today’s day and age is simply ridiculous.

In 2007, a United Kingdom Resident took to the popular auction site eBay and made a listing of his childhood imaginary friend, Jon Malipieman. The description for Malipieman on the eBay listing is as follows.

“My imaginary friend Jon Malipieman is getting too old for me now. I am now 27 and I feel I am growing out of him. He is very friendly. Along with him, I will send you what he likes and dislikes along with his favorite things to do and his personal self-portrait.”

Surprisingly enough this obvious gag accumulated thirty-one bids on the site and ended up selling for $3,000 to a man in an undisclosed location. Source: DidYouKnow.com

Another eBay user from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, decided to auction off her ten-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that bore a resemblance to the Holy Virgin Mary. This decade-old piece of bread was eventually bought by the highly successful online gambling company GoldenPalace.com for $28,000.  In response to this massive purchase, Spokesman Monty Kerr told the Miami Herald, “it’s a part of pop culture that’s immediately and widely recognizable.  We knew right away we wanted to have it.” GoldenPalace.com CEO Richard Rowe claims he would like to use it to raise money for charity in the future. Source: Business Insider

If there is one thing the internet and the world have learned in the past few years, it is to never doubt fans on how much money they are willing to spend on trinkets that relate to things they love. One fan took their love of Britney Spears to the next level. In 2005, a positive pregnancy test Spears took while with her then-husband, Kevin Federline, was auctioned off for $5,001. The test is now owned by the website, Internet Casino, a store known for buying crazy pieces of celebrity merchandise. Source: NBC News

In 2016, Indian businessman and politician Pankaj Parakh found his way into the Guinness Book of World Records for owning the world’s most expensive shirt.  On Parakh’s forty-fifth birthday, he purchased a shirt made purely out of gold that cost $213,000. Despite the article of clothing weighing over nine pounds, Parakh claims the shirt is flexible, comfortable, smooth, harmless and washable. Source: India Alive Today

It is no secret T.V. personality and businesswoman Paris Hilton loves her pets. Currently, Hilton has seven different dogs and her social media is full of pictures of all of them.  People loving their dog is a common thing, but spending $325,000 on their dog is not. The two-floor dog house is modeled after Hilton’s mansion and comes with air conditioning, leather seats, pool access, and even a chandelier.  Source: SomeCards.com

People buy phone cases for a variety of reasons, some like the way the case looks, and others like the provided protection.  British jeweler Stuart Hughes shocked the world when he put on the market a phone case that was made up of 24 karat gold, 26-carat black diamond, and 600 precious stones.  This artsy build ended up being sold to a businessman in China for $15,300,000. Source: Alternet.org

As the years go by, it seems the money spent on seemingly overpriced items multiplies. One can only imagine what someone from the forties or fifties would say about a ten-year-old piece of toast selling for $28,000.  Only time will tell when the next most expensive item will be bought, regardless of the usefulness.

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