Wednesday, November 17, 2004 Posted: 3:54 AM EST (0854 GMT)
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For sale: A 10-year-old grilled-cheese sandwich that appears to show the image of the Virgin Mary.
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MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- The people at eBay were no believers in this cheesy miracle: half of a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich whose owner claimed it bore the image of the Virgin Mary.
Diana Duyser put the sandwich up for sale last week, drawing bids as high as $22,000 before eBay pulled the item Sunday night. The page was viewed nearly 100,000 times before being taken down.
An e-mail Duyser received from eBay said the sandwich broke its policy, which "does not allow listings that are intended as jokes."
But, Duyser, a jewelry designer who has bought and sold items on eBay for two years, insisted this was not a laughing matter.
"How could eBay do this to me?" Duyser said Monday, hours before the online auction was supposed to have ended.
On Tuesday, the Web site allowed bidding to resume, with the top offer reaching over $16,000. Bidding is scheduled to end Monday.
Company spokesman Hani Durzy said the listing was mistakenly removed because officials doubted whether Duyser could deliver the product.
"After looking at it a second time, there's nothing to indicate that the seller isn't willing to give up this cheese sandwich to the highest bidder," he said. "We're going to allow it to stay up."
In mocking response, two similar items were posted later -- grilled cheese sandwiches bearing the images of the Virgin Mary's used chewing gum and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
Duyser thought eBay would be the best place to show off the sandwich, made on plain white bread with American cheese. It was cooked with no oil or butter.
Duyser, 52, said she took a bite after making it 10 years ago and saw a face staring back at her from the bread. She put the sandwich in a clear plastic box with cotton balls and kept it on her night stand.
At first, she was scared by the image, "but now that I realize how unique it is, I wanted to share it with the world," Duyser said.
The sandwich, she added, has never sprouted a spore of mold.
KD EDITORIAL: ONLY A MORONIC RELIGIOS BUFF WOULD CARE TO LOOK AT SOMETHING THIS STUPID AND BUY IT.... DOESNT ANYONE KNOW THAT RELIGION IS MAN MADE?!?! DOES ANYONE KNOW THAT THERE IS NO GOD??? IM SORRY BUT BELIEVING IN SOMETHING THAT ISNT THERE.. .IS NOT THERE FOLKS.... WHEN WE DIE WE ARE SUB-REINCARNATED AFTER THE THOUGHT. THERE IS NO HEAVEN OR HELL IN THE SKIES OR EARTH.. ITS JUST A WORLD APART, I ARE DRIFT UNTIL THE HOST UNCLAIMED HOST IS REVEALED... GUARANTEE THAT WE ARE ALL PAST POEPLE AND JUST RELIVING OUR NEXT LIVES AND WHEN WE DIE WE ARE ERASED OF OUR MEMORIES AND RETURN IN ANOTHER STATE OF MIND, WHETER IT BE HUMAN ANIMAL CRITTER.. ETC..ETC... I MEAN PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT EARHT BLOWING UP BILLIONS OF YEARS FROM NOW.. BUT THE AVERAGE LIFESPAN IS 70YRS GIVE OR TAKE FOR A HUMAN.. SO WHATS NEXT AFTER THAT?.. EVERYONE SEES A WHITE LIGHT ORTHOSE WHO CLAIM) THATS PROBABLY THE SAME LIGHT WE GET FLASHED WITH BY THE M.I.B. SO IN THE END THERE IS NO HEAVEN OR GOD OR WHATEVER.. GOD WOULDNT ASK YOU FOR MONEY AND IF GOD PUNISHES THE BAD PEOPLE, THEN WHY ARE THE GOOD ONES DYING ?!!? DOES IT PROVE THAT ITS THEIR TIME YET THEY HAVE DONE GOOD FOR THE WORLD... SHOUL THE POPE BE SOMEONE WE BELIEVE IN FOR THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH ?? IS CHRISTIANITY A TRUE REBORN OF YOUR LIFE TO TAKE GOD IN AS SOMEONE THAT LOVES YOU !??!?! .. NONONO.. LOVE YOURSELF FIRST, BEFORE YOU START PLAYING AROUND WITH GODS ... AND ANOTHER THING.. HOW MANY GODS ARE THERE?!?!?!? ISNT THAT ENUFF REASON TO BELIVE OF MAN-MADE RELIGION.. ITS FAKE!!!!!