Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da… will life go on for John Lennon, who has been dead since 1980?
Possibly, as apparently this batshit crazy story is real — the NME is reporting that a Canadian dentist named Dr. Michael Zuk is planning to clone Lennon and raise him like a son.
Was Maurice Richard’s DNA unavailable?
Apparently the dentist bought the dead Beatle’s wisdom tooth for about $35,000 at an auction two years ago (it was previously in possession of Lennon’s housekeeper). Using that DNA, the Alberta-based Zuk wants to clone Lennon, telling the UK’s “Dead Famous DNA,” on Channel 4 that “He could be looked at as my son.”
But he admitted he does not have the technology to pull off the procedure. Yikes.
More from the NME:
Explaining how he would raise the potential clone, Dr Zuk said: “He would still be his exact duplicate but you know, hopefully keep him away from drugs and cigarettes, that kind of thing.”
He added: “But you know, guitar lessons wouldn’t hurt anyone right?”
The dentist also appears to believe that the clone could make a claim on Lennon’s estate, saying: “I don’t think I would be the one, you know, owning his property, he would have the rights when he was old enough to make er, make a claim.”
Referring to possible legal restrictions, Dr Zuk added: “[It] depends where you do these things. If it can’t be done in one country you can do these things in another.”
The dentist even suggested that he could clone Lennon multiple times.
He said: “Well, if it works once it’s going to work again, right?”