BIDS FOR VIRGIN MARY CHEESE SANDWICH CANCELED
The folks at eBay were no believers in this cheesy miracle: half of a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich whose owner claimed it bore the image of the Virgin Mary. Diana Duyser put the sandwich up for sale last week, drawing bids as high as $22,000 before eBay pulled the item on Sunday night. The page was viewed nearly 100,000 times before being taken down. An e-mail Duyser received from eBay said the sandwich broke its policy, which
"does not allow listings that are intended as jokes." (The Age, 11/17/04)
RH:I don't think it was a joke. It was a strange mixture of credulity and cupidity. It is not clear if Duyser sold the sandwich.
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December 26, 2004