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Not infrequently the most interesting part of the local paper is the classified section. Aside from the used cars and puppies, just this week in the Frederick News Post there was an "adorable M&M character dispenser" ($25), a 28-inch tall talking Easter bunny ($30), and someone searching for sealed and unopened liquor bottles (the older, the better and will pay in CASH).

Magazines, too, are curious places to peruse classifieds. The other week, I flipped to the back of the January 2024 issue of the London Review of Books to find this:

It could very well be a gag. I get that. But still. What if it wasn't? I'm curious on both ends:

  1. Who is this guy / what's his deal and

  2. Did he actually receive any responses and if so, of what kind?

This reminds me of the classic but now apparently fake ad that polar explorer Ernest Shackleton placed in a paper at the turn of the 20th century:

Doesn't really get any better than that, fake or not. Now, to go make a call about a 28-inch tall bunny.

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