Some say that the evidence for God is all around us. But few people would think that logic applies to online auctions. You may be surprised to learn that it does, apparently. On sites like eBay and Craigslist — where any number of wacky, crazy items can be found — you’re apt to run into some very strange auctions and sales. That includes religious items; or, at least items that are religious in nature, or spiritual.
Browsing the religious section of eBay
Browsing just about any section of eBay is bound to fetch you some… interesting results. While most of us are indulging in our own personal hobbies and interests, many people are indulging in their spiritual and religious beliefs. They’re looking for that perfect religious gift. Something for the mantle, perhaps, or something to give to someone experiencing a spiritual awakening. Other people, of course, are looking to take advantage of others by throwing garbage up for sale under the guise that it actually has something to do with God, Buddha, ghosts, or anything else you’d like to believe in.
The Religious Items section, for example, is rife with items like Rosaries, crucifixes, and cross necklaces. Other sections, like the Religion & Spirituality Collectibles part of eBay, will fetch you further results, including items relating to Judaism, Hinduism, and even Wicca. No matter what your beliefs are, you’re apt to find something appealing.
But some stuff is just out there. For example, you’ll find people trying to sell sandwiches or old nail clippings — we’ll get to both in a minute. Or, people claiming that they’re actually selling true religious wisdom or an actual spirit. It can get weird, but then again, isn’t that what eBay — and online auctions at large — are all about?
We’ll start with one of the most infamous religious eBay auctions involving Jesus’ toenails. That’s next.
First up: The nail clippings of the son of God
1. Jesus’ toenails
- Forget that communion wafer — this could actually be the body of Christ.
Back in 2013, a Florida man put Jesus’ petrified toenails up for auction. They started at only $0.99, too, which is a bargain for any set of toenails, let alone the toenails from the son of God. According to the seller, he was given the clippings by an old psychic woman in Europe and put them up for sale so that somebody could properly take care of them. Bidding got up to $5 or so before the listing was removed.
Next: Waiter, there’s a virgin in my sandwich.
2. Virgin Mary grilled cheese
- Cheddar, Swiss, and the mother of Jesus.
People tend to see the Virgin Mary everywhere (and Jesus, too, as we’ll see). But in a grilled cheese sandwich? A partially eaten grilled cheese sandwich? That seems like a stretch. Well, somebody did and decided that the only prudent thing to do was to throw the sandwich up for auction. As it turns out, it wasn’t a bad idea — the sandwich sold for $28,000.
And you know that it was a serious auction because the seller even put in the description that it was “NOT A HOAX!”, which always inspires confidence.
Next: What does this tortilla chip look like to you?
3. A Dorito shaped like the Pope’s hat
- No, not the Pope’s actual hat. Or a hat at all. But a chip shaped like a hat.
How much would you pay for a single Dorito chip? After beating out 34 other bidders, GoldenPalace.com (which also bought the Virgin Mary grilled cheese) paid $1,209 for the Dorito. “We believe that this chip, like the Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, is another perfect example of American pop culture,” said Richard Rowe, CEO of GoldenPalace.com, after the purchase. “In all honesty, the chip’s resemblance to the Mitre is phenomenal.”
The Mitre is the name of the Pope’s tall hat.
Next: Jesus is everywhere.
4. Jesus-shaped everything
- A slew of Jesus-shaped objects are for sale on eBay at any given moment.
As we know, people see what they want to see. And in all sorts of different items, the son of God is clearly visible — at least according to some sellers. You’re bound to find some object with a resemblance of Jesus for sale on eBay at any given time, but if you want to spare yourself a search, here’s a short list compiled by The Awl from a few years ago. Tortilla Christ, anyone?
Next: One soul, slightly used
5. A “slightly used soul”
- A New Mexico woman, Lori, put her soul up for sale.
When you’re on the market for a soul, and can’t find a new one, what are you to do? Scour eBay for slightly-used souls, naturally. Back in 2012, a woman named Lori from New Mexico listed her “slightly used soul” up for auction on eBay in an effort to “save” it. “What I’m gonna deliver is the opportunity for someone to save my soul,” Lori told NBC-2.com. “They can save it through prayer, they can save it through conversion. They’re also gonna get a certificate detailing the white and black marks on my soul.”
It’s unclear how much the soul ended up selling for, or if eBay removed the listing.
Next: How about a spirit in a jar?
6. A ghost. In a jar.
- A spirit in a jar sold for nearly $56,000.
Someone in Arkansas walked away with $55,992 after selling a “ghost in a jar” on eBay. The jar was reportedly found buried in a cemetery, and naturally, was haunted. The seller was sick of having to deal with the spirit or ghost or whatever and decided that the best way to deal with it was to put it up for auction. The seller also warned that they would not be responsible for anything that happened to the buyer.
Finally: What we all want to know
7. “The Meaning of Life”
- While not directly religious in nature, the search for the meaning of life is inherently spiritual. And it was up for auction.
Who wouldn’t want to know the meaning of life? If you were lucky enough to stumble across a specific eBay auction back in early 2000, you would’ve had your shot to purchase it from some guy in North Carolina. “I have discovered the reason for our existence and will be happy to share this information with the highest bidder,” the seller wrote in the description. And it sold for a whole $3.26 after one week.
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