Fourteen-year-old Adam Fox offered his soul on eBay to the highestbidder. Only one person contacted him, and the deal was struck for$5.
He told USA Today he got the idea from watching a Simpsons episode,in which Bart sold his soul to the devil. Fox's transaction slippedthrough eBay's ban on such Faustian bargains, imposed, the internetauction site says, because there is no proof the "item" exists. The$5 check is in the mail from the lucky buyer, who might possibly beold scratch himself. If so, Fox doesn't care. "I don't believe inthat stuff," he said.

It takes two hands to handle a blooper
Burger King has cancelled a radio advertisement that featured a character using the name "Rasheed" reading a poem that extolled the virtues of Burger King's bacon-cheddar Whopper sandwich. Islam forbids the consumption of pork.

Burger King spokesperson Robert Doughty said the commercial was designed to appeal to African-American customers and "was not meant to refer to any religion."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations objected to the commercial and another one in February by Total Sports Inc., a leading sports information provider, that showed a group of Muslims praying to a basketball.

There's an eye from on high watchin' you
Friends and family of the deceased who can't make it to a funeral cannow experience virtual mourning at Fergerson Funeral Home of NorthSyracuse, N.Y. The funeral home has begun offering live streamingvideo of funerals. The idea was sparked by a high school friend ofowner Fred Fergerson who was unable to make it to his father'sfuneral. Fergerson set up webcams for the absent loved ones. ''Nomatter where they are, they can watch it live,'' he told USA Today.''They can feel virtually that they're there to be a part of theceremony.'' If no funeral is in progress, the webcam sets its sightson the land of the living outside the building's entrance.

Name it and Claim it
Only four of the possible 66 domain names based on a book of theBible have been claimed by religious groups, according to theBritish religious satire web site Ship of Fools. Five more--Habakkuk,Zechariah, Zephaniah, Philippians and Thessalonians--are stillavailable at prices ranging from $500 and $5,000. The others are inuse. is the home page of an American model who will giveout nude photos of herself for a monthly fee. is a datingagency for "hot people interested in 'adult' activities. Hosea.comis a trucking firm in Cincinnati.

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