In the place where they struck oil, they might, on hearing this news, be struck dumb.
You see, as I wandered through the pages of eBay in search of some fine and modern cooking utensils, I came across something that forced my digestive system to ask questions of my cerebellum.
For there (here, indeed) was what seemed to be a brand new Xbox 360 for sale at the most reasonable sum of $1.1 million.
This, as your own cerebellum might be whispering to you, is no ordinary Xbox. For this pristine machine was signed by former governor of Alaska and current literary figure Sarah Palin.
The enervatingly enterprising vendor of this quite frankly priceless technological specimen is David Morrill (that's Morrill, not Imorrill) who claims he resides in Alberta, Canada.
He says he took a trip to Alaska and made sure it coincided with the then-governor's picnic on July 24.
He claims he pushed his way through the crowd to get within sniffing distance of the great Alaskan's hem, told her he had traveled three days just to see her, and asked her to sign his Xbox.
She told him, apparently, that it was "the most extravagant thing she had ever been asked to sign." Which might make certain skeptics wonder whose credit card enjoyed the rather costly pieces of clothing Palin was said to have bought during her sturdy gallop to world prominence during the 2008 election campaign.
According to the Escapist, Morrill tried to sell this Xbox in August but fell foul of certain eBay regulations--you know, of the "prove it" variety.
Still, just as there can now be little doubt that Palin really did sign this particular box (the photos are there for all to see on eBay), there can also be little doubt that Morrill has pitched the opening bid at an appropriate figure.
While, at the time of writing, this venerable Xbox has not yet attracted a munificent suitor, I am sure that before the auction closes on October 15 at 2:12 p.m. PDT, there will be a stampede of investors virtually pummeling each other to toss vast dollar amounts toward this iconic piece of technology.
I am, however, concerned that Morrill's avaricious underskirt might have been revealed in one tiny detail.
Though he justly expects to receive $1.1 million for his almost priceless possession, he also expects the winning bidder to pay $15 for the shipping.
I know there will be some who might feel this just has the vaguest tincture of an ethics violation.