Strange and interesting items often pop up on the Japanese Yahoo Auction page. Human billboards, human skulls, inhumanly overpriced electronics, and a private pop idol performance, could all be found in the past.
This time, however, it looks like the Earth itself is going under the hammer at a starting price of 69 yen (hehe) (US$0.86).
The first auction had gone up to the still relatively low price of 3,500 yen (US$44). However, due to bidders not following the seller’s rules, the auction was shut down and restarted. As of this writing, the bidding stands at 216,000 yen (US$2,700), a bargain if you ask me.
The Earth is listed as “authentic” and “used,” and there is a “no return” policy in effect. According to the product description, the Earth was bestowed upon the seller by God, who appeared to him in his dream. And so, with times being tight, he immediately opted to sell.
However the seller stipulates that each bid must be accompanied by a message expressing the bidder’s serious intention to purchase the Earth. Otherwise, he will determine the bid to be a prank and if he receives too many “prank bids” he will close down the auction and start over again at 69 yen.
He provides very helpful information regarding his merchandise fielding questions from potential buyers – unless they speak English, to which he replies with some weird nonsense, possibly about having big genitals. …