Dino Rocks

Dung HoCollectors, you have to love them. Some collect beanie babies, while others collect baseball cards, and still others seek out cats for their collection. That’s why this article about dinosaur poo doesn’t surprise me.

NEW YORK – A pile of dinosaur dung 130 million years old sold at a New York auction Wednesday for nearly $1,000.
The prehistoric deposit fetched $960, said a spokeswoman for Bonhams New York. Its pre-auction estimate was $450.

At these rates, my old man’s back yard is a veritable goldmine. I know there’s a nugget out there that felt like it was 130 million years old when I passed it.

The fossilized dung is from the Jurassic era, the auction house said. It looks like a rock on the outside and a colorful mineral inside.

The buyer was Steve Tsengas of Fairport Harbor, Ohio. The 71-year-old owns OurPets, a company that sells products to treat dog and cat waste.

Tsengas bought the dung in hopes of motivating his employees and using it as a marketing tool by displaying it at the company’s booth at trade shows, he said.

Imagine that…a boss that goes out of his way to give his employees crap. Who’d a thunk it?

“Poop,” he said, “is a big business in the pet industry.”

And it’s also what comes out of the business end of a pet.


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