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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Home again," July 12, 2008

Kingly sum

Burger King's newest whopper doesn't just bear a big patty, but a huge price tag, too. Selling for nearly $200, the hoity-toity burger debuted in select London stores for customers with enough in the back pocket to loosen their belts. Burger King's mundanely named "The Burger" comes with a Wagyu beef patty imported from Japan, white truffles, premium slices of ham, Himalayan rock salt, and champagne-soaked onion rings. To help squelch the possible guilt of a $200 burger, the fast-food chain promises to donate the roughly $120 profit for each sandwich sold to children's charities in London.

Penny rich

Like finding the needle in the haystack-and subsequently realizing the needle is worth thousands-Penny McKim has the story that tickles every treasure-seeking garage sale warrior's mind. At a church rummage sale in eastern Pennsylvania, McKim purchased a shoebox full of coins and medals only to discover later that one of the medals originally belonged to the famed industrialist and Bethlehem Steel founder Charles M. Schwab. The titan of industry was awarded the Bessemer Gold Medal by the Iron and Steel Institute of London in 1928. Gold dealers have already offered McKim $1,300 for the three-ounce, 14-carat piece of gold. David Alexander, a gold expert with a New York auction house, told the Allentown Morning Call the piece is much more valuable than that: "In reality, it's worth whatever a collector is willing to pay for it, and with a one-of-kind piece like this, you never know what that is until it goes up for auction." McKim said she has an idea what she'll do with the proceeds. "I'll make a large donation to my church," she said. "I like to sleep good at night."

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