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Thursday, January 29, 2004

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Happy Birthday

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - On this date in 1880 William Claude Dukenfield was born. In his comic acting career he became known as W. C. Fields. A famous quote from Fields was "On the whole, he'd rather be in Philadelphia." Another was:

...from the film My Little Chickadee.

And in You Can't Cheat an Honest Man we find: "Some weasel took the cork out of my lunch..."

1400 Ebay Corkscrews

Airport security sparks resale market for confiscated goods

Excerpt from a January 28 report by USA Today

"Through September, California used eBay to unload 13,000 pocket knives, 1,400 corkscrews and about 1,200 pounds of hammers, saws, chisels and other tools collected by federal screeners at airports in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno, San Jose and Orange County.

California's 337 online auctions, which include bulk sales of up to 100 pocket knives at a time, generated $62,000 for its self-funded surplus program.

'We sell whatever seemingly ridiculous item people would try to take on an airplane," Deignan said. "We're taking what we've gotten from the airports and turned around and put it back into people's hands and back into the economy'."

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©2004 Don Bull, Editor


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