Adam Burtle was feeling bored, so he turned to eBay and put his soul on the auction block, reports the Associated Press. The 20-year-old University of Washington student, a self-described atheist, displayed a picture of himself wearing an "I'm with stupid" T-shirt on the Web site. "Please realize, I make no warranties as to the condition of my soul," he wrote. "As of now, it is near mint condition, with only minor scratches." And how does one claim another's soul, you might ask? Not very easily. Burtle said the winning bidder may have to wait until his natural death to claim it. The bidding started a week ago at 5 cents. Burtle's former girlfriend is said to have bid $6.66 but she was overtaken in the final hour of the auction on Thursday when the price shot up to $400. When eBay reportedly learned of the listing, it was pulled and Burtle was blocked from the site. "I was just bored, and I'm a geek," Burtle told the AP. "So anytime I'm bored, I go back to my Internet." In a related story, another eBay seller auctioned off a pound of Atlantic City's finest sand, advertised as "fresh sand. So fresh, it will be scooped from the beach mere hours before being sent to you." The lone bidder paid 99 cents, plus $4 for shipping and handling. Beach patrol officials reportedly complained that the transaction was illegal.
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