The Taw, the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, is used to describe a movable point in space, the size and hardness and luster of a pearl. It contains within it the exact mathematical opposite of every point in the known and living universe. Gazing into it is to invite madness. Sages have wasted away aeons tracking down the Taw wherever it has found itself and attempting to intuit truths about our world from viewing its opposite.

None of this, however, explains how the Taw appeared on eBay with an opening bid of 99¢ and a Buy It Now price of $19.99 (plus sales tax in California).

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