This qualifies as my favourite April’s Fools yet. UK  e-commerce game retailer Gamestation has modified their Terms and Conditions to include the following clause:

“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. We reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction.”

The enforceability of soul transfer clauses has got me thinking about one of my favourite xkcd cartoons, Faust 2.0:

That has given me an idea for my office.


3 Comments

Mathias Klang · April 12, 2010 at 3:21 am

And that got me thinking about the Simpsons episode where Homer sells his soul for a doughnut. Trail in the living room where Marge proves that Homer did not have a soul to sell…

Michael · April 13, 2010 at 3:30 am

LOL – that's brilliant. Nearly as onerous as the T&Cs that Google Chrome first started out with! ;D

cearta.ie » Shrek and the Law of Contract · July 5, 2010 at 1:25 pm

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