The Mormon Church is for Sale. On eBay.

January 3, 2005 | 17 comments
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I just noticed this: Go to Philocrites’ blog and look at the google ads on the sidebar. (The ads run according to some pre-set computer algorithms that advertise for things relating to the topics discussed.) This particular post discusses a Mormon baptism, and the ads included, on a recent viewing, links to “Mormon dating” . . . “Mormon beliefs Biblical?” . . . “Mormon dating” again . . . so far, so good — ads for the kinds of things one would expect the algorithm to come up with. And then we get to:

Mormon Church for Sale. Discount Mormon church! Check out the deals now! www.ebay.com”.

Conspiracy theorists everywhere, please take note. The Mormon Church is for sale. On eBay. At a discount. Paypal accepted. Don’t let this auction slip away! Check Philocrites to see if it’s still in the sidebar!

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17 Responses to The Mormon Church is for Sale. On eBay.

  1. john fowles on January 3, 2005 at 6:03 pm

    A couple of years ago, there was a town for sale on ebay. Looks like the stakes (pun intended) have been set even higher now.

  2. David King Landrith on January 3, 2005 at 7:13 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Kaimi. I just bid $100 for the one in Missouri!

  3. David King Landrith on January 3, 2005 at 8:16 pm

    Yipee! I won the auction!

    I’m now the proud owner of a Mormon church that’s headquarters in Independence and has 250,000 members. Apparently, they lack an official leader right now, but I plan to remedy that soon.

  4. john fowles on January 3, 2005 at 8:23 pm

    Wierd. More details please.

  5. Adam Greenwood on January 3, 2005 at 8:25 pm

    DKL,
    Are you taking resumes?
    I am willing to change my name to Smith if the right position opens up.

  6. Clark on January 3, 2005 at 8:38 pm

    Reminds me of when we sold the church I attended as a kid to the Boy Scouts.

  7. Kaimi on January 3, 2005 at 9:42 pm

    John,

    It’s the result of Google’s goofy algorithm. It takes whatever you’re looking at and pops up an ebay ad offering that item for sale.

    So if I’m looking at a post about cars, the ebay ad will say “Cars for sale. Discount cars.” If I’m looking at a page referencing books, it will say “Books for sale. Discount books.”

    And if I’m looking at a page referencing Mormon church, well, the little algorithm goes to work and comes up with an ebay ad offering “Mormon church for sale.”

  8. Derek on January 4, 2005 at 1:47 am

    If Sam Walton buys it, will my temple recommend get me into Sam’s Club?

  9. Charles on January 4, 2005 at 10:54 am

    Adam, Does that mean you will be writing a new edition of Adam Smith’s ecconomics and the invisible mormon hand?

    Personally, I can’t wait for philosopher kings to make a come back!

  10. john fowles on January 4, 2005 at 11:34 am

    Kaimi, was there really a church for sale on ebay (I didn’t have a chance to go there and check it out)?

  11. Kaimi on January 4, 2005 at 11:42 am

    No, no actual church for sale — just a goofy web ad generated by the mindless ebay algorithm.

  12. David King Landrith on January 4, 2005 at 11:55 am

    I was trying to formulate a clever Adam Smith joke. Looks like you beat me to it, Charles.

    And, Kaimi: Are you calling me a liar?

  13. john fowles on January 4, 2005 at 1:00 pm

    Ah, I see. Sorry for the confusion.

  14. Adam Greenwood on January 4, 2005 at 1:16 pm

    I didn’t say I’d change my name to “Adam Smith.” Just Smith, thank you. My next career move would be to change my name to a symbol, so I could be known as “the RLDS prophet formerly known as Smith”.

  15. Kaimi on January 4, 2005 at 1:17 pm

    I knew a man with a wooden leg named Smith.

  16. The Only True and Living Nathan on January 4, 2005 at 1:24 pm

    If Sam Walton buys it, will my temple recommend get me into Sam’s Club?

    It already does. Go try it and see.

  17. Chad Too on January 4, 2005 at 2:15 pm

    What was the name of his other leg?