Wednesday, December 03, 2003

A dinner menu from the Titantic was snatched up for $49 500 by a private museum in Belfast.

When people pay for historically significant memoribilia, are they also buying a piece of immortality? Their names forever attached to the material object, like a list of names etched down the side of a tree. It is not enough to be in the presence of greatness (itself, tapped from a sparkling well of notoriety), people must become great themselves. That's where these "artifacts" come in. Not only would earthen wares handcrafted by topless natives be preserved, your name will be too. And isn't eternal celebritydom the greatest gift money can buy?

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