Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Value of the Dolls.

Sometimes Ebay throws up interesting stuff. Well, often it throws up interesting stuff. I could bankrupt a small country on that site if I was let loose with their budget.

This came up recently. I hope the link works OK.

It's a haunted doll. A very creepy-looking haunted doll. Well, all dolls look creepy but this one is especially so. I'm not bidding for it. Having seen the 'Chucky' movies I wasn't keen on having such a thing in the house but I would love to visit someone who owns one.

The whole idea of a possessed doll seems odd. How can a spirit inhabit something inanimate? I know there are those who think even rocks have souls, but none have ever been able to explain to me what happens to that soul when the rock gets split in two. Is the rock now dead, do the bits have half a soul each or do both bits have souls? What about when a rock gets worn down over time, into a pile of sand? Does each sand grain have a nano-soul? Do they get annoyed when I walk on the beach or mix them with cement or let my reptiles crap on them?

I can't see any way to accept the notion that an inanimate object can house a soul, a spirit, whatever you want to call it. I can't see why any soul or spirit capable of possession would waste that talent on a doll.

It's said these dolls can move. How? Spirit or no, they have no muscles, no ligaments, no nervous system. Plastic doesn't respond to thought. It does respond to vibration, which is a more likely explanation to the scientific mind. A loose joint can shift, a stand can pivot. Floorboards flex, and can result in something shifting around, even falling off a shelf. Heavy traffic causes a lot of vibration, as do overhead aircraft and distant trains.

Reasonable explanations. To some, excuses. Well maybe. I'm going to need a lot of convincing if I'm going to accept that ghosts can take control of dolls. An awful lot.

Yet if someone out there has one of these haunted dolls, I'd very much like to spend the night in your house. I promise not to drink all your whisky while you sleep. Yes, I'd look into it but I'm not sure I'd find anything.

I still won't buy one. Single men buying dolls? That's a reputation I can do without. I leave that to one Waylon Smithers.

Besides, if there is anything unfriendly attached to one of these dolls, I'd rather not take it home.

Everyone needs some time off work.


Dr. Brainiac said...

Judging by the style of the face, finish of the bisque, accents on the clothing, that doll is relatively new and that is a total bullshit story. Nevertheless, people will buy anything, so best of luck to them.

ThatGreenyFlower said...

Rom, it's not really very expensive...

Romulus Crowe said...

Dr. B, I defer to your expertise on the doll. I know nothing about dolls. Still, age isn't everything - it could have been recently possessed.

On the other hand, the story is certainly increasing the price. Why people are willing to pay more and more for something guaranteed to make them miserable is impossible to understand. But then, I'm still a smoker...I buy stuff marked 'buy me and die in pain'. So I can't criticise.

Greeny, the doll currently stands at £35 (about $70) with two more days of bidding left. It'll be interesting to see how much it goes for, but I won't bid.

I'd still be interested in hearing from whoever does buy it, but the user ID of the bidders is private on this one so we won't know who ends up with it.

If there is anything genuine here, it should be back on Ebay within a month.

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