The beginning of this story is mildly amusing. An Australian man called David Thorne attempted to pay an outstanding bill of $233.95 by sending the utility company a drawing of a spider he made on his computer – which he valued at precisely $233.95.
The utility company replied to his email in a very serious manner, saying it was “unable to accept drawings as payment” and a whole heap of internet hilarity then ensued as the conversation between David and Jane, the poor admin assistant, was beamed around the internet.
Then things start to officially go TOO FAR. David Thorne gave his spider drawing to a Swedish man, who put it on eBay – and it’s now sold for $10,000. Which means, to summarise, a poorly-drawn GIF of a spider has just sold for $10,000, thanks to being marginally famous on the internet. We’ve seen some quite extreme nutcases over the years, but few that come close to paying $10k for a thing you can get for free by simply pressing PRINT SCREEN.
By Gary Cutlack | November 20th, 2008