Slow down and examine your snacks next time you've got the munchies. There might just be a hidden fortune in your next bag of chips.
That seems to be the lesson from an eBay auction for a "unique Cheetos that looks like Harambe the gorilla." It ended Tuesday morning with a winning bid of $99,900 (£79,970, AU$130,750).
Harambe was the ape shot by zookeepers last year when a young boy fell into his habitat at the Cincinnati Zoo. The adult male silverback has continued to live on as a persistent meme. Heartfelt tributes to him circulated on social media, but the meme soon became weird and reportedly even led to write-in votes for Harambe in the 2016 US Presidential election.
An eBay seller who typically sells Blu-ray discs attempted to sell the Cheeto vaguely shaped like a gorilla three previous times over the past month. Each time it got zero bids.
On the fourth try, it took nearly a week for the first bid of $12 to finally come in. Then the auction seems to have gotten a little help from the Twitter account "@FatKidDeals" and its 86,000-plus followers.
Smelling the sweet aroma of all that cash, copycats are already hot on the trail.
Another kind-of gorilla-shaped Cheeto is currently going for over $75,000 on eBay. Most ridiculously, a screenshot of the original Harambe Cheeto auction taken with just one second left for bidding is fetching $10,000.
Remember folks, always look before you snack. Don't waste a potential fortune on your appetite.
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