Vicious cycle avoided

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003 - 8:04 pm PDT

Deciding that he just can’t feel like a complete man without his right hand, Smith set out this week to re-acquire his missing appendage. At first overjoyed when an anonymous e-mail informant tipped him off that his hand was up for sale on eBay, Smith’s hopes were crushed when a last minute bidding war drove the price way out of his range. “$429,572?” exclaimed Smith, “I’ve never even seen that kind of money!” Smith briefly considered hacking off his left leg and selling it to finance the purchase of his hand, but worried he might later regret that decision.