Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Billion Dollar Body Parts
Is your bottom worth big bucks?
A Lancashire grandfather has his buttocks insured for £1 million!
Graham Butterfield is the "bed bouncer" at the Silentnight bed firm in Barnoldswick.
Butterfield's duties involve bouncing on the beds and giving feedback on softness, textures and fillings. His reports help decide which beds go on the market and which beds go back to the drawing board.
"My bottom is not like the normal bottom. I have increased sensitivity around the buttock area ..."I want to make it clear that my bottom's super-powers are quite natural. I have no need of a special care regime."
Body part insurance is nothing new. It all started in the silent movie era when cross-eyed comedian Ben Turpin took out a $20,000 policy against his eyes uncrossing...
Actress Betty Grable was referred to as the "Girl With the Million Dollar Legs" because 20th Century Fox had her legs insured with Lloyd's of London for 1 million dollars each.
Grable’s gorgeous gams
Veteran English comedian Ken Dodd's buckteeth are insured for £4 million…
But Dodd’s are not the only "big bucks" teeth. America Ferrara, who plays the role of Ugly Betty, has insured her trademark smile for £5 million ($10 million).
Keith Richard's hand is worth worth £1 million...
But you don't have to be a star or a professional "bed bouncer" to insure your body parts. Anyone can order specialty insurance if you’re willing to pay an arm and a leg.
For example, a football fan insured himself against psychic trauma if England lost the World's Cup.
And a publican at the Bricklayers Arms, in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, insured his barmaid's breasts for £100,000 because he believed he would lose trade if anything happened to them.
Money-making mammaries in Manchester
So what about you, Infomaniac-reading bitches?
What body part of yours would you go out on a limb to insure?
Feel free to discuss the worth of your fellow bloggers’ body parts as well, should the mood arise.
Manuel’s arse: priceless