600 pound knickers

Queen Victoria’s bloomers fetched 600 pounds at auction. [Michael Jackson’s gloves fetched $45,000, so there you go. Oh, and if they are buying underwear again, the recession must be over, yes?]

The real auction story though is this one: win a dinner with Sarah Palin. Check out the ifs and buts and other clauses, beginning with your needing to pass a background check. And then there’s this:

Dinner shall last no more than four hours, but could be less, in the sole discretion of Sarah Palin.