Want to Rule the World? Man Attempts to Auction Off Earth
Much more valuable than your Crayola collector’s tin, a Japanese man is attempting to auction off the Earth on Yahoo Auctions. Even weirder, at the time of this writing, the auction has 2,772 bids, with the current price sitting at 9,912,356,678 yen, or about 123,472,279 bucks, with four days remaining.
The auction initially started at 86 cents, but has since caught fire. We assume the winner isn’t actually going to pay hundreds of millions of dollars, but this is pretty fun nonetheless.
The auction is full of amusing (or terrifying, depending on how you view it) little tidbits, such as how, in the product description, the seller claims the planet was given to him by God, so it’s now his to auction, then asks bidders to consult the shipping method. The item description also says that the seller requires bidders to give him a letter of purchase intent so he knows the bidders are serious about purchasing the item. The planet is listed as an authentic item, and unfortunately, there is no return policy.
The items’ Q&A section is also quite amusing, with bidders asking questions about what kind of shape the back of the item is in, as there’s no picture to tell, or if the item comes with a reset button in order to return to the past. One bidder asks if the winner of the item will become a god upon successful purchase, and the seller responded simply by saying no, then wondering if the bidder is alright in the head.
The auction is in Japanese, but this is 2012 and our browsers make worthwhile rough translations, so give the listing a read, and if you want to buy the item, you currently have four days left to do so.
(via Oddity Central)
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