William McGonagall, ridiculed as "the world's worst poet" has just outsold Harry Potter in an auction in Edinburgh,
Ireland Scotland (duh!):
Alex Dove, from auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull, said: "He was a confident gentleman who thought that his poetry was some of the best.
"He once walked all the way to Balmoral to try to become Poet Laureate. Unfortunately the Queen wasn't in.
"He spent a lot of time on the streets of Dundee trying to sell his poems and performing them, much to the amusement of the residents. "Poet-baiting became quite an activity for the students of the time, where they would encourage him to perform, and then they would throw eggs and vegetables at him.
The new owner's bid for the poems was £5,500, but once commission is included they will have to fork out £6,600. The Harry Potter books only brought in £6,000.
Previously on Neatorama: The World's Worst Poet
What the hell does this mean? The Harry Potter books made one hell of a lot more than 6000 pounds. Did I miss something really important?
We are an odd bunch the scots, as we seem to enjoy our failures as much as we do out successes.
I think because either is a good excuse for a wee drinkie.
Did you read the bloody article? Second paragraph:
"A total of 35 of William McGonagall's works - many of them autographed - have been up for auction in Edinburgh.
The ditties by "The Tayside Tragedian" went for more than a collection of Harry Potter first editions signed by author JK Rowling."