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eBay Finds the Knight in Shining Armor

The Station couldn't resist this little item. Storage-related it's not, but here it is anyway.

We were just taking a late-afternoon break to watch talented English songster James Blunt do a number on Ellen DeGeneres' popular ABC talk show. Turns out James actually put his sister up on eBay and sold her to the highest bidder.

True story!

"She was looking for a knight in shining armor," Blunt said as he related the story to the audience. "She needed to get to a funeral in southern Ireland, but all the planes and trains and buses weren't working [apparently due to a transit strike].

"I'm an eBay addict anyway, so I thought of putting her situation up on the site.

"A bunch of guys responded, bid on her, and one guy -- who owned a helicopter -- won. He took her to the funeral.

"The thing we didn't expect was that six months later, they got married."

And they lived happily ever after. Who says IT business isn't romantic?

Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK, responsible in large part for the publication's coverage areas. In his 12 years and more than 3,900 stories at eWEEK, he has...