What’s a leotard worth?

Holy heap of cash, Batman! Superman trumped Batman at an auction last week, where Christopher Reeve’s leotard went for $115,000 but Val Kilmer’s batsuit brought in a mere $63,000 (http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/07/04/08/100wir_a2superman001.cfm?refresh=yes).

But we think the batsuit buyer got the better deal. After all, Superman has to wear tights. Batman may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but he’s got the only costume with the power to give the wearer perfect abs.

MTV has switched from “The Real World” to the virtual world. The company has created several 3-D spaces online, where the weather is sunny, the people are perfect and the marketing opportunities are abundant (http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/07/04/08/100bus_virtual001.cfm?refresh=yes).

Though they’re virtual, the worlds are surprisingly realistic. Users can chat with each other, just like real life. They can buy Pepsi, just like real life. And MTV controls everything, just like real life.

If you want to teach kids to manage money, columnist Michelle Singletary has some suggestions (http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/07/04/08/100bus_singletary001.cfm?refresh=yes). They include a game where kids pick cards with questions such as “Does money buy happiness?”

Those games are sure to help create well-adjusted kids who can make sound financial plans, but nothing prepares you to be a future real estate mogul like Monopoly.

— Katie Mayer, Herald staff

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