Today In Ridiculous Memorabilia You Can Buy: Miley’s Ring, the GoT Throne
Here are some things that happened in television news this week: Mad Men was completely insane and emotional and Sunday’s episode may have led to what is probably the worst tweet of all time (SPOILERS!, sort of), Game of Thrones ended with record views and Miley Cyrus, aka Hannah Montana, got engaged to her beau, actor Liam Hemsworth of Home and Away fame (yes, obviously he’s been in things since Home and Away, but let’s give credit where credit is due).
So it was only a matter of time before various enterprises attempted to cash in on all of this. The worst tweet of all time was probably not the best sales pitch for the E-Class, but the other two heavily-buzzed in the television world have also spawned really ostentatious and unecessary products people who have inconceivable amounts of disposable income (so, basically no one) can actually purchase. The first of these is a replica—not even the legitsies version—of Cyrus’ engagement ring: although the Neil Lane/Liam Hemsworth joint of the original rock went for some number with a one and a whole lot of zeroes, this one is just over $3,000 and is a replica known as the "Elizabeth" ring. Probably because nothing says "I am totally mentally and emotionally prepared for the commitment and expectations of marriage" than a ring named for Miley Cyrus and/or Liam Hemsworth.
But wait—there’s more! For the price of a wedding, a year and beyond of rent in a decent housing unit in most major cities and/or potentially all of someone’s college tuition, you can pretend to rule Westeros for, like, five minutes. The HBO shop is selling replica versions of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones at $30,000 each, for when that lightsaber from The Sharper Image just won’t do. Although, unlike in the books, actual swords were not forged to make HBO’s version of the seat of power, it probably should still not sit in a house with small children. Or, really, anyone. Basically, welcome to your future Skymall centerfold.
To expand upon the words of the men of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce: At last, something truly egregious and pointy (and yet, sort of cool) you can truly own.
Speaking of Game of Thrones, elsewhere on the Internet, someone has created this gem, a sigil of the fictional House of Swanson, as in Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation, whose house motto is “ALL the bacon and eggs.” Well played.