Ari Mandel, a 31-year-old self-proclaimed "theological atheist," recently tried to sell his spot in heaven on eBay. Crazy, I know. And based on the fact that Mandel's an atheist, the whole thing doesn't really add up. (It was a joke, people. Or a social experiment.)
But the most disconcerting thing of all about Ari's attempt to auction off his place in the afterworld is the fact that bidding almost reached $100,000.
eBay wound up pulling the ad based on the fact that the company simply does not "allow listings that aren't offering anything for sale or those that have intangible items (generally things that don't physically exist)." But before they did, as you can see in the screenshot below, Mandel offered his "portion in olam habaah [i.e. heaven]," and featured a photo of stairs leading up to beautiful, lush pinkish-hued skies. And when prospective buyers questioned the "amenities" included in Mendel's portion, he told them not to worry, boasting that it's "prime real estate" due to the fact that he's a "vegan and frequent performer of good deeds."
I'm going to assume that the people driving up the price of Mendel's lot in heaven were doing so in jest. Otherwise, they're nuts. If heaven does exist, you can rest assured that you can't buy your spot there. And if you can, you can't do it on eBay. Craigslist maybe. But definitely not eBay.
Glad eBay pulled this nonsense posting from their site. Yeah, it's kind of funny, but I'm sure there was a poor sucker or two out there who weren't joking when they made an offer. Some people will buy anything off the Internet.
What's the craziest thing you bought online?
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