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I Promise This Ain’t What You Want: The Biggest N-Bomb Controversies In History

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Here’s a review of some of the biggest n-bombs in history and what the fallout says about when it is and isn’t OK to use the word.

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Michael Jackson’s glove more precious than Albert Einstein’s brain!

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It was Michael Jackson magic at full force at the Icons and Idols auction, organized by Julien’s Auctions, in Beverly Hills on Saturday. A single-studded glove worn by the late King of pop on his “Bad” tour in the late 1980’s sold for $330,000, whereas an X-ray of Albert Einstein’s brain managed to command a meagerly sum of $38,750.

According to Contactmusic,

The items, a fedora which sold for $72,000 and a glove which reached $330,000, were part of the star’s wardrobe for his ‘Bad’ tour in 1980s and were sold through Julien’s Auctions as part of their ‘Icons and Idols’ sale. A jacket signed by the ‘Thriller’ hitmaker - who died from acute Propofol intoxication aged 50 in June 2009 - was bought for $96,000.

While the Michael Jackson collection - featuring over 100 items from the star’s life and career including a custom-made costume for his friend and companion Bubbles the chimp - took centre stage at the auction in Beverly Hills, a number of other items generated huge interest at the sale. Late Beatles legend John Lennon’s gold-braided military jacket - made famous in an iconic 1966 Life magazine photo shoot - reached $240,000, exceeding its estimated word of $150,000 and $200,000. An X-ray of Albert Einstein’s brain went for $38,750, while a pair of Marilyn Monroe’s empty prescription bottles, sold for $18,750.

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More Beatles memorabilia up for auction

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Get set you all Beatlemaniacs and keep your fat wallets bulging and ready. There are more Beatles memorabilia up for grabs at an upcoming auction in London next month. The highlight of the auction is John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for the Beatles song I’m Only Sleeping, which is expected to fetch up to $525,000.

Contactmusic reports,

The late rocker scribbled down the words on the back of a phone bill demanding payment for an outstanding bill. The note’s value is estimated at between $375,000 and $525,000 (£250,000 and £350,000). The Fab Four’s 1964 Ivor Novello Award for songwriting for their hit single She Loves You is also among the memorabilia going under the hammer in the Bonhams auction, and is thought to be worth up to $75,000 (£50,000), while a second trophy, their 1968 win for She’s Leaving Home, carries an estimated price tag of $30,000 (£20,000). Other items in the 15 December (10) sale include a list of Lennon’s personal expenses for doctor’s fees for his son Julian, and a note of payments to his first wife Cynthia. That is expected to sell for a maximum of $22,500 (£15,000).

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John Lennon Advertises From Beyond Grave

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John Lennon has appeared in a new Citroen commercial that is airing in the U.K…. which is kind of surprising considering that he is probably skeletonized in his grave. Yoko Ono let the French company use her husband in their new car campaign. Needless to say, Beatles fans aren’t particularly happy with it. First Beatles Rock Band and now this? The dead Beatles keep resurfacing – it’s worse than pictures of Lady Gaga’s crotch. Why won’t anyone let them rest in peace?

According to Reuters:

In the ad — made for Citroen’s new “anti-retro” DS-3 model — Lennon is shown criticizing people who rehash the past in their own work. “Once a thing’s been done it’s been done, so while this nostalgia — I mean for the ’60s and ’70s, you know, looking backwards for inspiration, copying the past — how’s that rock ‘n’ roll?” Lennon says. “Do something of your own. Start something new, you know? Live your lives now. Know what I mean?”

Sean Lennon, Yoko and John’s son, attempted to explain that it wasn’t for money via Twitter. But honestly that’s a little hard to believe. No one really accepts that John would be supportive of putting his face all over car commercials, as if that were a truly noble cause.

Sean said that:

“Having just seen (the) ad I realize why people are mad,” Lennon added. “But (our) intention was not financial, (it) was simply wanting to keep him out there in the world.”

Oh okay – so they just wanted to keep John’s memory alive in case they needed to flog a product in the future that they could cash in on. They shouldn’t try so hard, though. He was in one of the most famous bands of all time. It’s not like he’d have any trouble getting publicity, even postmortem.