Sunday, February 08, 2004

(recommended reading) throw in some snot and we've got a deal

I just got off the phone with my friend from Beauxbaton, where, as part of the conversation, I started looking up things you are forbidden to sell on e-bay. Have you ever checked this out? It's quite a fascinating commentary on the ingenuity of the entrepeneurial spirit and the attempt to tame it via legal provisos. A random exemplar:
Humans, the human body, or any human body parts may not be listed on eBay. Examples of prohibited items include, but are not limited to: organs, bone, blood, waste, sperm, and eggs. You may not include such items as a gift, prize, or giveaway in connection with an item listed on eBay. Items that contain human hair (such as lockets) as well as skulls and skeletons that are used for medical purposes may be listed on eBay.

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