Smith sells hand for $372,000

Friday, October 10th, 2003 - 11:26 am PDT

Worshipped as a saint even before his death, The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith and his various body parts have long been the subject of interest by those who traffic in holy relics. Finding himself in the grasp of a severe financial bind recently, Smith decided to “cash in one of his chips early” by selling his right hand to the highest bidder. “I’m really going to miss that hand,” said Smith wistfully after lopping it off with a hand axe, “but hey, $372,000 is nothing to sneeze at.”