At the top of the list was a PR9: recipesgiveaway.com -- and sure enough I ran it through some PR-checkers, and it does indeed check out as a PR9.
Decided to check out the GoDaddy auction and made a bid for like $25 just for fun (knowing that I'd certainly be outbid)...sure enough it ended up selling for $660.
But what i REALLY want to understand is...WHY is that URL a PR9; i mean, hell: cnn.com is a PR9. It's not all that friendly-sounding a domain name. Furthermore, I ran it through a bunch of backlink-searchers who couldn't come up with more than a few dozen backlinks to it on the internet...
So I'm at a loss: isn't a PR9 the holy grail of PageRank...? My site (which has constantly updating high quality content is languishing as a PR2)...what am I missing here? I just want to understand: how does a not-so-great URL, with few backlinks (that i could find) rank as a PR9?