You can find the coolest things on the Internet. Music, movies, books ... and weird stories of all ilks.
And most of them are for sale, including claims that a boy in Nepal has sat motionless for six months while meditating.
I recently saw an item on the Internet that said authorities in Nepal are asking that claims be investigated that a 15-year-old boy has sat still underneath a tree for the past six months in meditation. It seems people are flocking to the site to see him during the day but they're not allowed to get within 150 meters.
At night, someone draws a curtain around him. Then, who knows what he does.
The people around him say he's the reincarnation of the founder of Buddhism, Buddha, who was born more than 2,600 years ago.
His mother said he was always a quiet boy who “kept aloof from his friends.”
So, obviously, I'm not so sure how much of the story is genuine. But I like its premise.
What better way for a 15-year-old boy to spend the last six months than not having to go to school, not having to do homework, not having to come down for dinner, not having to clean up his room, and pretty much not having to do anything but just sit there?
I would've killed for that kind of gig when I was 15. In fact, there were stretches when that's exactly what I did - nothing.
But selling that type of story to the general public in the Western world can be quite a stretch. I wouldn't know what people in that region think. They are highly religious.
But at the same time I was surfing the Internet and came across that story, I came across another one that had it that someone was trying to sell Saddam Hussein's clothes.
Yep. The underwear of the former leader of one of the countries in the “Axis of Evil.” Well, not exactly his underwear, but one of his old military uniforms. (Note: It's only a matter of time before someone finds his shorts and tries to eBay them. I'm pretty sure The Golden Palace will buy them for a handsome sum - they'll buy anything.)
If The Golden Palace bought his olive drabs, they could hang along side that grilled cheese of the Mother Mary and the Dorito chip that is shaped like the pope's hat. They bought those too.
According to the online auctioneer - it's not eBay - another set of Saddam-soiled battle attire went for something like $20,000.
Buying used clothes at a thrift store is one thing. You can justify paying $6 for a corduroy sport coat, even if it hasn't been worn by one of the world's most infamous leaders - or at least I can.
But I don't see how you could justify dropping 20 large on some used fatigues, even if you do have the means to support that kind of eccentricity.
I guess everything's for sale in one way or another, and some people will buy anything - sight unseen.
Michael Davis covers government for the Daily Herald. His column appears on Fridays. He can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .