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Britney's Trash For Treasure And Your Emails On Flying

Britney's Trash
Britney's Trash

Tell me if this isn't the most ingeniously parasitical way to make a living: There are some guys who videotape themselves going around Hollywood digging through celebrity trash, and then they turn that trash into treasure on eBay.

They sold a piece of used floss found in Paris Hilton's trash for $1,000 to GoldenPalace.com,the same folks who bought the Virgin-in-the-grilled-cheese-sandwich.

Now, part of me is actually quite impressed with their entrepreneurial spirit. I mean, talk about easy money, though they make it clear "It's not all glamorous all the time." They have their own web site where they post the videos. Check out the John Travolta trash caper, done while dressed in drag a la "Hairspray." Apparently there were a bunch of food containers in Travolta's garbage (well, duh), and the Hollywood Star Trash crew boxed up the leftover beef trays and sold them.

Now, though, they may have landed the trash cash cow. They're auctioning off garbage allegedly found at Britney Spears house (no video provided). The trash includes, "an Ed Hardy thong (size small), fan mail, a receipt for the Hustler store, a dog leash and a discarded toothbrush that might have been used by the Queen of Pop herself."At last check, the bid for Britney's trash bag was up to $117.

And just when you thought it couldn't get any weirder, the boys are developing a reality TV show and a full-length movie.

FLYING GETS BETTER?
Last weekI blogged about a new TSA procedureI went through while boarding an Alaska Airlines flight. Passengers go into one of two lines to get through security: "Expert," for people who fly all the time and can get through quickly, and "Casual," for people who don't fly very often. I like the concept. I challenged readers to write about other positive flying experiences they're having.

I received four responses. Four.

From Karen G., who went through the same "Expert/Casual" process in Oakland:
"It seemed most people were choosing the right lane. There were a few people that TSA identified as being in the wrong lane who were asked to move. No one seemed to mind. It did seem to improve the overall screening process."

Chris E. started out with a compliment about the new security lines, and then...:
"I like the concept...this process will hopefully speed things up a bit. Another thing...have you ever had the person behind you in line stand so close to you they are practically on top of you? It happened too me, and it's just annoying. Seriously, this lady was about three inches from the back of my head."

From Jeff J:
"...the only good thing was better airport architecture and retail (beyond old tourist traps and crappy food courts). AFTER construction headaches, newer redesigns are easier to get through and mini-malls pass time soooo much easier...There are some hidden gems like Scranton / Wilkes-Barre - tiny but gorgeous with cut stone walls, wood and metal finishes, no mile-long tunnels, and naturally, lots of glass - relaxing between flights...(I miss Skybus - cheap, efficient, decent snacks even w/ paying cash - cool all-black flight attendant outfits too *sigh.*)"

And from Pilot John, a Captain at a major transatlantic carrier:
"Well, we actually got from the UK to the U.S. within 24 hours of our scheduled arrival time..."

Ouch. So let's summarize what's good about flying: the new TSA system may help, and airport remodels have been a good thing.

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  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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