“Laughter is the language of the Soul.” (Pablo Neruda)

Why is Bart not laughing?

Because he sold his soul, but at least Bart got $5 for it (from Milhouse no less), and it cost him. As it turns out, nearly 7,500 shoppers online sold their souls as well – and I wonder if their sense of humor is intact.

Per FoxNews (today on their twitter feed as well):

A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers.

The retailer, British firm GameStation, added the “immortal soul clause” to the contract signed before making any online purchases earlier this month. It states that customers grant the company the right to claim their soul.

“By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions.”

I’ve been curious as to how many people actually read the terms of agreements. Per this story, about 88% do not. Really, 12% do? Well at least I learned that from now on I will do a word search for “soul” before agreeing to terms.

Best April Fools joke this year IMHO.

PS How much of your soul do you have left after playing video games anyway?

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