Sunday, April 26, 2009

'Hand of God' rock being sold on eBay

Here's one for the record books. Well, whichever books that memorialize crazy. Or entrepreneurial....I'm not quite sure which.

Here's the CNN article I'm referring to.
A man in northern Idaho says he has seen a massive hand of God in his life, and he is willing to share it with the highest bidder.

Paul Grayhek, 52, listed the rock formation he dubbed the "Hand of God Rock Wall" on the online auction Web site eBay. The highest bid was $250 early Sunday, with three days left to go in the auction..........

However, the winning bidder on eBay should not start clearing out his backyard. Grayhek is not planning to part with the formation.

The buyer will "basically be buying the rights, complete and exclusive rights" to the rock, including literary and movie rights, according to Grayhek.

Movie rights? Literary Rights? Really? I read this article in about 15 seconds. Unless they are talking about stretching this into a 3-5 minute long youtube video, I'm not seeing any "movie" coming out of this sale. Nor can I fathom a book much longer than, well, that article. But you never know - that say the attention span of today's youth is getting shorter.

Here's a newsflash, though. I can write about this rock now if I wanted to - no rights required. Such is the magic of the First Amendment. I could even write a screenplay. But I won't because it would bore people to death and then I would have to defend myself against wrongful death lawsuits from the grieving families of those who saw my film.

Nonetheless, if the guy makes a few bucks off this sale to put toward his education, he probably deserves it; the sale shows initiative and creativity, after all. Kudos to him.

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