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Belgium for Sale!

3:00 PM -- Because it's funny to auction off countries and people:

    Hidden among the porcelain fox hounds and Burberry tablecloths on sale at eBay.be this week was an unusual item: "For Sale: Belgium, a Kingdom in three parts... free premium: the king and his court (costs not included)."

    The odd ad was posted by one disgruntled Belgian in protest at his country's political crisis which reached a 100-day landmark Tuesday with no end in sight to the squabbling between Flemish and Walloon politicians.

    "I wanted to attract attention," said Gerrit Six, the teacher and former journalist who posted the ad. "You almost have to throw rock through a window to get attention for Belgium."

A "rock through a window," yes, that would surely get someone to pay attention to an entire kingdom.

Despite gaining popularity, and a bid for $14 million, the country was eventually removed from the auction. Sigh...

    Ebay spokesman Peter Burin said the site could not host the sale of anything virtual or "unrealistic," the Belga news agency reported...

    The spoof sale was offered while Belgium is mired in a political crisis which has led to discussion over the country's future as a federal state.

Oh, relaxxx. No wonder Belgium, a.k.a. "Stick in the Mud," has no friends.

— Red Panda, Walloonophile, Light Reading

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