Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Bottled Ghosts Sold to the Maddest Bidder
I always thought of New Zealand as quite a sensible place, full of sheep, orcs, trolls, and various forms of Kiwi. But now it seems New Zealand is as loopy as anywhere else.
Two glass phials said to contain the ghosts of an old man and a young girl have sold for NZ$2,000 ($1,395:£935) in an online auction in New Zealand.
The auction, which ended on Monday night, attracted more than 200,000 page views on the Trade Me website...
The closing bid went to a company called Safer Smoke NZ, which produces electronic cigarette substitutes - it paid NZ$2,830 for the two bottles.
The company said it was now inviting suggestions as to what they should do with the ghosts.
Typical. An electronic cigarette company comes home from the pub, goes online, bids for something it doesn't really want, then appeals for suggestions as to what it should do with two ghosts.
Well, for a start, you could try and put them in the same bottle and see if some weird quantum effect prevents it. Or you could train the ghosts to do simple household chores. Then there's spying for fun and profit, as they're invisible and can pass through walls. The possibilities are almost endless.