April 14, 2004

$1 Million for "lucky" cell phone number

From Yahoo: bq. An online buyer has paid nine million yuan (1.1 million dollars) for a cell phone number on a Chinese auction site, state press reports. bq. A deal for the number 135 8585 8585, which has a similar pronunciation in Chinese to 'let me be rich, be rich, be rich, be rich,' was completed this week after an exchange of some 70 bids, the Shanghai Daily reported. bq. "We have checked our records and confirmed the deal," the newspaper quoted Tang Lei, a public relations manager at EachNet.com, as saying. Hey - we can spend our money any way we want to but this does strike me as a bit absurd... Posted by DaveH at April 14, 2004 12:33 PM