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#1 14 years ago

I found this on www.CNN.com

--------------> MORGANTOWN, West Virginia (AP) -- An attempt to auction off the state of West Virginia drew 56 bids and nearly enough promised dollars to fill the state's projected budget hole before eBay learned of the joke.

By Tuesday evening, with five days to go in the sale of item number 2372779353, "Entire State of West Virginia," bidders had bumped the ante up to just $1 short of $100 million.

"As an eBay consumer myself ... that's a heck of a bargain!" joked Amy Shuler Goodwin, spokeswoman for Gov. Bob Wise, who's projecting a $120 million deficit for fiscal 2005.

The seller, identified only as "fishstuffnthings," did not immediately respond to e-mails late Tuesday. Nor did "nosnam1488," who was the high bidder.

Within minutes, the auction was unplugged and the state was "no longer available."

"Obviously, this buyer doesn't have the goods to sell," said Chris Donlay, spokesman for the San Jose, California-based online auction company.

But for "fishstuffnthings," it was fun while it lasted, despite some misspellings:

"I, as emperor of West Virginia, have been appointed as steward of this sale," he wrote. "You are bidding on the ENTIRE STATE of West Virginia. Please note that this auction does not come with governing rites, nor the inhabitants of said property. You also may not change the state flag, bird, or so on. This is merely for bragging rights, or to hang a sign in your garage that says, 'I own West Virginia.' Also please note, you will have every right to succeed from the union, but that has been tried in the past without much success. I am also willing to relinquish the seat of 'Emperor' FOR FREE!"




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#2 14 years ago

I read that in the paper. Funny stuff.




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#3 14 years ago

lol i cant believe ppl are stupid enough to bid on thigs like that




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#4 14 years ago

It would have been funny if the sale went through and someone paid! :lol:




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#5 14 years ago

lmao ohh good stuff needed a laugh :nodding:




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#6 14 years ago

I'd buy west verginia, I'm stupid enough to buy a state... if I knew where it was:uhm:




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#7 14 years ago

Here ya go JP.




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#8 14 years ago

lmao, ah ha! that's so funny :lol:




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#9 14 years ago
WEST VIRGINIA'D!



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#10 14 years ago

[color=red]yeah, that damn nosnam1488 just kept bidding and bidding...I though I had intimidated him w/my rise to $20 from 5 but then he bumped it to $25 and I wouldnt pay that much...west virginia isnt worth that much :p[/color]