Curses! eBay has banned magic spells and potions.
A small paragraph in the new eBay 2012 Fall Seller Update (h/t Tecca) is proving to be a big bummer for purveyors of the occult -- and for other believers. As of Aug. 30, eBay wrote on its site, the following merchandise is prohibited: "spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic; prayers; blessing services; magic potions; healing sessions."
Ebay also banned "advice."
Might we advise the aggrieved to push a voodoo pin in a sensitive area of the auction site?
It wasn't clear whether books such as the "Wicca Witch Alchemist Book of Shadows Spells Rituals Magick (sic) Potions Oils" were subject to the ban. But just in case, the last time we checked it was available for $166.50.
Ditto for the $3,000 rock that allegedly has an "apparition" image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on it.
"Miracles will still be permitted," wrote "Fine.Books" on an eBay discussion board.
Below are fictional products that have become real:
Wonka Candy has been around since 1971, produced to coincide with the release of the film <em>Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory</em>, according to <a href="http://www.careersinfood.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/showresourceslinkdetails/resourcelinkid/7319/willywonka.htm" target="_hplink">CareersInFood.com</a>.
You can now buy Homer Simpson's favorite beer outside of Springfield.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Forest Gump might not have been real, but his and Bubba's dream certainly is now a reality. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co has operated as a restaurant in various locations since 1996, <a href="http://www.bubbagump.com/company/" target="_hplink">the company's website reports.</a>
The Harry Potter world's favorite non-alcoholic beverage is now available to muggle consumers, <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2010/07/02/harry-potters-butterbeer-recipe-uncovered/" target="_hplink">Fox News reports.</a> Harry Potter author JK Rowling even reportedly approves of the taste.
You may not find Apu from <em>The Simpsons</em> working behind the counter, but Kwik-E-Marts are now real convenience stores operating in various locations in the U.S.
Sex Panther Cologne
As <em>The Anchorman</em>'s Brian Fantana explains, 60 percent of the time, sex panther cologne works 100 percent of the time.
<em>South Park</em> characters will no longer be the only children yelling at their moms for cheesy poofs. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/18/cheesy-poofs-in-real-life-south-park-frito-lay_n_901923.html" target="_hplink">Frito-Lay is reportedly now offering the snack to real youngsters.</a>
The actor who played Ralphie in <em>A Christmas Story</em> is now old enough to really admire a real life leg lamp.
Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans And Other Harry Potter Candies
Candy from Harry Potter's universe is no longer confined to Diagon Alley. Children everywhere can now enjoy the magical flavors that only chocolate, sugar and food coloring can provide.
It looks like Bart Simpson isn't the only person who can drink Buzz Cola. Kids everywhere can now get hyped on the drink said to have "twice the sugar, twice the caffeine."
Oh, they're real, but it's doubtful that you'll find Kenan and Kel working there. The actors who stared in the film, you guessed it, <em>Good Burger</em> are now able to go to the new home of the good burger in <a href="http://goodburgerny.com/" target="_hplink">New York City.</a>
Strategic Defense Initiative
The Strategic Defense Initiative, the controversial missile defense program initiated under Reagan, was not inspired by the George Lucas films despite its nickname "Star Wars". Many scholars believe that SDI was instead inspired by the film <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=AtLBNHh6WWwC&pg=PA3&lpg=PA3&dq=SDI+murder+in+the+air&source=bl&ots=O8cP0xp7n3&sig=0yuFbQG_rjkKwTzbvFlee3nup1M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QxUlUNalOtKM6QHUqYDQCQ&ved=0CD8Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=SDI murder in the air&f=false" target="_hplink"><em>Murder In The Air</em>.</a>