The old joke about a man who would try to sell his own grandmother for a profit has already come true on eBay.
The Internet auction site has also seen one seller launch a bid to sell his soul.
Now comes a story that can be understood by serious sports fans everywhere.
A North American ice hockey fan, crushed by years of failure, has put his loyalty to his once-beloved team up for sale.
"My Suffering Must End," said the "Free Agent Fan," who put his lifelong loyalty to the Toronto Maple Leafs up for grabs on eBay after the team missed the National Hockey League playoffs.
Crushed by his heros' failure to capture the sport's holy grail, the Stanley Cup, since 1967, the Ontario-based fan said he has concluded his lifelong love of the team has been "nothing short of a disaster."
"I have (a) disease called needacupitis," he wrote.
"I'm looking to become a fan of a team ... who actually will contend for a Stanley Cup at least once before I die."
Catherine England, a spokeswoman for San Jose, California-based eBay, said there have been huge numbers of people trying to sell intangibles on the site.
"In August last year, we had a man list an invisible man -- a naked invisible man," she said.
Enterprising eBayers have also tried to sell a UFO Driver's License, she said. One jilted husband-to-be was so angry, he modelled his fiancee's wedding dress on the site, and sold it off.
Perhaps the most famous sale was that of a half-eaten, 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that the owner, a woman from Florida, claimed carried the image of the Virgin Mary.
The item was eventually purchased for US$28,000 (almost NT$900,000) by an Internet gaming company, GoldenPalace.com. (AFP)
1. crushed adj.
傷心欲絕的 (shang1 xin1 yu4 jue2 de5)
例：I was crushed when I ruined my favorite shirt.
2. holy grail n. phr.
聖杯 (sheng4 bei1)，畢生追求之物 (bi4 sheng1 zhui1 qiu2 zhi1 wu4)
例：Some surfers spend their whole life chasing the holy grail of surfing -- the perfect wave.
3. intangible n.
非實體的 (fei1 shi2 ti3 de5)
例：I will pay you for your jewelry, but I won't buy your certificate for "30 hugs." I'm not interested in intangibles.
4. jilted adj.
遭毀婚的 (zao1 hui3 hun1 de5)
例：The jilted bride burned her wedding dress in anger.
1. Which has NOT been offered for sale on eBay?
a. One man's mother.
b. A naked, invisible man.
c. A wedding dress.
2. Why is the "Free Agent Fan" selling his loyalty?
a. He lost his job.
b. His team has never won a game.
c. He wants to cheer for a team that can compete in the Stanley Cup.
3. What's wrong with the "Free Agent Fan?"
a. He has a deadly disease.
b. No one will pay for him to support a team.
c. He desperately wants to cheer for a cup-winning team.
4. According to the eBay spokeswoman, selling intangibles ...
a. is not uncommon.
b. is illegal.
c. is highly unusual.
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