1992 'McJordan' BBQ sauce sells for $9,995
BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- A North Dakota eBay seller made $9,995 by selling a gallon of sauce from the McJordan, a Michael Jordan-themed McDonald's sandwich available only in 1992.
EBay seller mortbank1971, who has an address listed as Bismarck, N.D., sold the gallon of sauce to an undisclosed buyer Monday night for $9,995 with free shipping, the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.
"A once in a lifetime chance to own the rarest of rare Michael Jordan and McDonald's collectible! The only one left on Earth?? This gallon of McJordan BBQ sauce is from 1992 when McDonald's sold McJordan Burgers as a promotional menu item," the listing read. "The McJordan is a quarter-pound hamburger with smoked bacon, cheese, McJordan barbecue sauce, onions, mustard and pickles. All of Michael Jordan's 'favorite ingredients.' The burger was sold only in limited markets in the United States."
The sandwich was also sold in some markets as the "Big 33," in honor of Jordan's 1992 Olympic Dream Team teammate Larry Bird.
"It is in new condition and has never been opened," the listing said of the sauce.
Snake rescued from N.J. road
SALEM, N.J., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Police in New Jersey said they caught a large black rat snake spotted crossing a road and released it in a nearby semi-wooded area.
Salem police said the snake, which was at least 5 feet in length, was spotted crossing a road around 2:30 p.m. Monday and they were called to the scene by a passerby who threw a cloth over the animal and carried it to an outside wall of the nearby Spirit Life Fellowship Church, Today's Sunbeam, Salem, reported Tuesday.
Police said the snake was in a coiled position when Police Chief John Pelura III arrived on the scene and grabbed the reptile with a gloved hand as a helper pinned the snake's head down with a broom.
The snake wrapped itself around the chief's wrists and allowed itself to be carried to a semi-wooded area behind the church, where it was released.
'Batman' says he is doing public service
PETOSKEY, Mich., Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Michigan's "Petoskey Batman," facing a felony count of resisting and obstructing police, says "it's not up to the government to save us."
Mark Wayne Williams, 33, of Petoskey, who faces a felony count of resisting and obstructing police in an investigation, after Michigan State Police said he refused to clear the scene of an investigation Sept. 29 while wearing his Batman costume, said he acts as the "Petoskey Batman" to perform a public service and keep an eye on the community, the Petoskey News-Review reported Tuesday.
"I don't want to be a police officer. I think what police officers do is great, but it's up to each person to take a stand and do something to make things better," Williams said. "A lot of times, what I've seen from situations I've been in, people see something going on and think the police will handle it, but if nobody calls the police or takes a stand, it's not going to help.
"Dressing up in my costume, as Batman, is my way of saying that it's not up to the government to save us," he said.
State Police Sgt. Jeff Gorno said troopers found Williams in costume when arrived at the scene of a personal injury accident where the driver had left the scene Sept. 29. He said Williams refused to clear the scene and interfered with the investigation.
Williams was previously arrested in costume in May 2011 when he was found on the roof of a downtown Petoskey business with a baton-type striking weapon, a can of chemical irritant spray and a pair of sand-filled gloves.
Scalia's car ticketed in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia received a parking ticket in Philadelphia while parked outside of a private club, a photo shows.
A picture taken by Philadelphia resident Dean Picciotti outside the Union League of Philadelphia around lunchtime Monday depicts Scalia's official car parked with a Philadelphia Parking Authority ticket on its windshield, despite having a Philadelphia official police business placard displayed on its dashboard, the Constitution Daily blog reported Tuesday.
The PPA's website, which said fines start at $26, states there is an appeals process and the justice could send a representative to contest the violation if he chooses not to pay the ticket.