Why Would A Plastic Toothbrush Cost Almost $12,000? Because It’s Been To Space And You Haven’t

(Nate Sanders Auction House)

(It doesn’t even vibrate. Nate Sanders Auction House)

Most of the time, we can rest assured that we’re living a way cooler life than our toothbrushes. What do they do all day but sit around in a cup by the sink, bristling at the sound of rushing water and just hoping they get used at least twice in 24 hours? Unless you’re a toothbrush that’s been to space, and in that case, you can fetch a pretty penny for having lived such an abnormal toothbrush life.

A toothbrush used by an American astronaut who flew to the moon sold at auction for $11,974 this week, proving that it’s much cooler than most humans and a lot more interesting than your average dental hygiene tool.

The clear Oral-B40 brush was used by command module pilot Jack Swigert during the 1970 Apollo 13 mission, reports the AFP, and was sold to an anonymous buyer this week.

You’ll remember Swigert as the guy Kevin Bacon played in the 1995 movie Apollo 13. So no, not Tom Hanks’ toothbrush.

Swigert flew around the Moon as part of the Apollo program, but wasn’t one of those who stepped foot on the surface. He passed away in 1982, but his toothbrush lives on and again, is a lot cooler than anyone I know.

Apollo 13 astronaut’s toothbrush sells for $11,794 [AFP]

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  1. Airwave says:

    Toothbrushes are really waste-making, when you think about it. 3 months and into the garbage they go. Why hasn’t someone come up with a replaceable head, like razors? (Sonicare & other e-brushes aside)

    • DyinMyelin says:

      Because when those people who brush like they’re scouring a baking pan after Christmas dinner snap it off and perforate their cheek, lawsuits.