Sunday, May 09, 2010

VE’s Observation on Various TV Shows – Part 2: PAWN STARS

Welcome to part two of a series where I’m sharing my own perspective on a few TV shows out there in TV wasteland.

Last time I featured American Pickers and so I thought I’d stick with a similar theme and feature: PAWN STARS

And like the last show, I keep thinking this is different than what is listed.




Fortunately it’s not “Porn Stars”. Instead, the premise is to feature what comes into a pawn shop. Now…I just associated pawn shops as places to go take the wedding ring from the divorce or the guitar because your band isn’t getting paying gigs and you’d like to eat once this month or when you bring in all your neighbors household fixtures to support your meth habit. Apparently I’ve been stereotyping…

What comes in is both educational and amazing. From a civil war era diving helmet to an original bond from Paul Revere for the Revolutionary War to Grammys to championship rings. You name it and they’ve probably seen it. But it has you wondering just how all this crazy stuff happens to come into this one particular pawn shop. Let me give you a typical scenario for this show:

Guy walks in with a jar…

Rick: What’s in the jar?

Guy: It’s the tongue of Cleopatra

Rick:
Where’d you get that?

Guy:
I was fishing in Egypt when I landed this elaborate golden chest and it was inside the chest.

Rick:
That chest looks old; let me call in an expert friend of mine to assess it.

Expert arrives…

Expert: What are your concerns, Rick?

Rick:
This box…it looks old to me

Expert:
That’s because it is old. You can see from the priceless solid gold construction that it’s from biblical times.

Rick:
Go on…

Expert:
Well…then there’s the original tablets from the 10 commandments here laying at the bottom.

Rick:
Aren’t the prop ones from the Indiana Jones movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark” worth more?

Expert:
Almost…but Harrison Ford and Speilberg are getting older and the market for those items are dwindling

Rick:
So what about the tongue?

Expert:
Yes, it looks original

Rick:
How can you tell that?

Expert:
Well…Cleopatra secretly had the very first tongue piercing among celebrity historical people and the fact that the Ruby of the East is there on a tongue stud…

Rick:
Boy, I sure missed that.

Expert:
At 6,828 carats I’d say so

Rick:
So how much do you think all this is worth?

Expert:
Well…it’s a historic find and probably priceless. But if I put a price on it, I’d say it would fetch $300 million retail at auction

Rick:
Ok, thanks for coming by

Expert leaves…

Rick: So how much do you want for it?

Guy:
Well, he said $300 million retail, I’ll take $100 million

Rick:
Oh no, I don’t do retail, I’m in a cash only business. I can give you $500

Guy:
Can you go $50 million?

Rick:
The best I can do is $1000 and I’ll throw in a cheap guitar

Guy:
Ok

You can see how all this might be a little bit suspect. I don’t think your average pawn shop gets stuff like this all the time. Still, it’s a comedy watching the family owners fight amongst themselves and their employees and I enjoy learning the history and watching what fantastical nonsense shows up…

25 comments:

Mrsupole said...

If I was to pawn all of my Stuff then I might be rich someday. LOL

God bless.

Mrsupole said...

Oh I almost forgot, fewer posts is the way to go because that is the way a lot of us have gone.

Quitting is for quitters and none of us are quitters, well at least we won't quit until the damn gobernent starts spying on every word that we write, even then we will just mess with those damn gobernent workers, and write nonsense, which means that you are already ahead of the game.

Plus I just remembered that it is now Mother's Day and I want to say Happy Mother's Day to all my fellow commenters who are also Mom's. Happy Mother's Day!!!!

Have a great day.

God bless.

Cheryl said...

Funny story. Did you make this stuff up in your very own head?

Tom said...

never know what you'll find floating down the Nile. Babys, hippos, tongues...

Subby said...

I saw a trailer for this and didn't know what it was...'til now.

What's next? Left-over food exploration? Hey wait....! ( paging George Carlin... )

@Cheryl, I can't access either of your TT blog links...!

sharonheg said...

My favorite was when someone was offering a genuine pegleg (wooden pirate leg). Saw the commercial for it but never saw the actual episode so I never found out if it was real or not.

The Incredible Woody said...

I used to work at an auction house and you would not believe some of the crazy stuff that people would bring in to sell.

Monkey Man said...

I missed that particular episode while I was trying to find a place in my house for a full size wooden replica of a motor cycle that was carved by some dude with a authentic replica knife his great grandfather bought from a traveling knife salesman on the edge of the Gettysburg battlefield. Do you think any of this is worth something?

Elizabeth said...

This sounds like a show I would enjoy. Kinda like a rougher version of Antiques Roadshow. I'll have to see if it's on Hulu.

Roy Scribner said...

"Pawn" stars? I want all the minutes back that I spent scrolling through this post with one hand.

ReformingGeek said...

That's another one that I'll pass over.

;-)

Megan said...

The show can't be as good as this. Or can it? I'll have to check it out...

CatLadyLarew said...

Cleopatra's tongue would go so well with the eyeball in my fridge.

Janna said...

I've seen it advertised but have never watched it.

Cleopatra's tongue still isn't as freaky as some of the ingredients in Japanese recipes.

But it might make an interesting centerpiece.

Subby said...

Janna has a good point; I mean 100 year old eggs, bat-poop soup, poison fish, monkey brains (live monkey brains ), just to name a few...***hurl***!!

Baino said...

I walk past a Cash Converters (posh name for pawn shop) every day and it's a little sad really. All those people selling their possessions due to hard times. Hmm . . wonder what they'll give me for my engagement ring?

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Yes, gladly they aren't in that business. I can't look at them as it is!

JenJen said...

VE they follow me and I them on twitter.. I sent them the link to this post. I think they'll laugh....

Jaime said...

my ex is obsessed with this show... because it's my ex, i'm still not convinced that it isn't really porn stars...

Collette said...

I think they should check for Marc Antony's DNA on that tongue for verification...lol

aladdinsane12 said...

i'd rather have a box from "indiana jones" than a box with a nasty old tongue in it...but that's just me...

VE said...

Mrsupole – I said if my post comment count ever dips below 20 I’d quit. Of course, I said that when I averaged 40 comments a post. Now that I only average about 25, it’s been close on occasion!

Cheryl – I did…and then I posted it for all to suffer!

Tom – Yes, I don’t think I’d want to fish there…

Subby – Don’t give them ideas!

Sharonheg – I saw that one. It was actually a real civil war peg leg and was worth over a thousand because civil war collecting is big! They weren’t able to buy it from him because he still thought it was a pirates peg leg even though the materials didn’t add up for that age…

Incredible woody – I would…I’ve been to them…

Monkey man – Ha! You saw that one.

Elizabeth – I didn’t think I’d like it but then you get hooked…

Roy – You don’t fool me…I know it only takes you less than a minute! (to scroll through my posts that is)…

Reforminggeek – It’s good fun though!

Megan – Only you can decide that…

Catladylarew – I nose that!

Janna – And not just Japanese, but many Asian cultures use ridiculous stuff. I know, I’ve been there…

Subby – I’ve had one of the things from your list…not by choice, mind you…

Baino – Ha! Yes, I think your normal pawn shop helps people cash strapped, not people with unknown historic treasures…

Perpetual chocoholic – They are fun to watch though and they’re actually pretty damn knowledgeable about a great many things…

Jenjen – Oh, that’s funny. Don’t let them beat me up though! That would be cool to get a comment.

Jaime – No, take it from me, I wouldn’t be watching them if it was…

Collette – Yes…we should get some interesting results…

Aladdinsane12 – But tongue meat is delicious on a sandwich if cut nice and lean….just kidding….

The Silver Fox said...

Since my apartment looks like the warehouse in the ending scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, maybe I should consider pawning some of my stuff.

lime said...

i think i'll stick with antiques roadshow, thanks.

VE said...

silver fox - Better yet, let them value all of it for free and then sell it at auction or on ebay...

lime - It doesn't have that ridiculous drama factor this does though...