The eBay auction for the 'urine-free' wetsuit.
I listed my used wetsuit on eBay, I was desperate, broke and expected to get £30 for it. As a result of the description and Q&A's 665,633 people from around the world looked at it.
The press said it went 'viral', I'd not experienced anything like this before apart from when Martin spread a rumour round the school I had no testicles. Anyway I thought it was only right to do something positive with the attention and decided to give 90% to charity.
British comedian and star of Little Britain, Matt Lucas tweeted:
"That funny bastard @morgyface has put his old wetsuit up on eBay and he's giving 90% to Japanese charities"
which was very nice of him. Comedian Dave Gorman also retweeted as did MythBusters star Adam Savage.
As a result of the attention surf related companies from all over the world donated products to the listing, it went from a single used wetsuit to a package containing everything from surfboards to festival tickets. As the bids reached the thousands I upped the donation to 95%.
Some lunatics bid as high as half a million pounds, and then it settled at £12,000. After a flurry of cancelled bids, it eventually ended at £8,999 ($14,400), which was slightly anti-climatic but nonetheless a terrific amount.
The moron who won it, couldn't pay, blaming his 'backers' for pulling out. I made a second chance offer to the next highest bidder, they didn't accept. So I did an online raffle which raised over £9,000!
Here's the, now finished, eBay auction:
Here's some links to websites who reported the listing:
In addition to the online articles, I also made the cover of Cornish newspaper the West Briton and was apparently mentioned on XFM Radio, Sky Sports in Australia as well as doing an interview for Kerrang radio.
The BBC wanted to put me on the tele, but because there was no successful conclusion they changed their minds. I was ready for a career on the big screen, my TV programme about condensation was to become a reality, I was very disappointed.