Jan. 28, 2006 - Thomas Wilburn just scored the biggest payday of his life. The unemployed 28-year-old telemarketer from Scarborough, Maine, sold Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) the Brooklyn Bridge for $150,000, according to several eyewitnesses.
"I didn't think he would go for it," said Wilburn. "I mean, the deed was handwritten on notebook paper, for Christ's sake.
"But after I read that Senator Byrd actually believed that (Supreme Court nominee) Sam Alito was a man of his word and trusted him not to support a power-hungry president, I had a feeling the Senator might be interested in a prime piece of real estate like the Brooklyn Bridge."
The story is continued by diarist AmericanFactotum at Daily Kos.