THE RUMOR: Kiss bass player/reality-show star/future conqueror of Canada Gene Simmons sold a kidney stone that he passed on eBay… for $15,000. But don’t worry, it went to charity!
TRUTH THRESHOLD: 37%.
LIKELY TRUTHS: Simmons was utterly deadpan when he admitted his donation on this morning’s Today. He has suffered from urinary-mineral buildup in the past; kidney stones are the reason why he missed a meet and greet in Indiana, according to his Web site. And if anyone was going to make a cottage industry out of hawking his own waste products, Gene would be at the top of the list.
LIKELY FALSEHOODS: Curiously, the aforementioned apology is the only mention of anything kidney-related on his site; meanwhile, the only completed eBay listing of recent vintage involving a kidney stone topped out at 99 cents. Maybe he was being discreet, but c’mon, this is Gene Simmons we’re talking about here. The only way I can see this being legit is if this 2006 auction for the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, which asks potential bidders if they want “a piece of a rock legend,” was written by someone super-literal.
Video of his admission is below, for those of you who want to figure out whether his claim is as straight-up real as KISS Burger.
Gene Simmons on Family Jewels [Today]