No matter how high-tech the world becomes, it seems there is always a place for good old Craigslist. Do you need a couch, a boyfriend, or a life-size nail-clipper costume? Look no farther than the classified advertisements website, which turned 20 this year.
Throughout the year, users nominate advertisements for a collection called the "best of" Craigslist. Here are the bests of the "best of" this year.
9. Free toilet bowl box: For your kids on Christmas morning, obviously. "Imagine the excitement building with such a huge gift waiting under the tree," the post read, "only to see it dashed when they rip off the paper and a photo of a potty is on the front."
8. Breakup python: "I am going through a difficult breakup and impulsively adopted 16 different types of reptiles over Craigslist," the seller wrote. "I have made a huge mistake. My roommates are furious. I have 1 ball python, 7 various geckos, a bearded dragon, and 2 red slider turtles. They are all named 'Amanda.' "
7. Artisan hand-crumpled paper: In a lengthy post about the artist's techniques for crumpling paper, we learn that this ad is for trash bags of paper used when someone was moving. He was opting out of "the capitalist industrial foam-peanut hegemony," you see.
6. "Procrastination station": "Ooh, now that sounds like my life," you say as you click on the ad. It opens. Oh. It's just a desk. But wait! "The Bottomless Drawer is guaranteed to lose bills you can't afford, homework you don't understand, and divorce papers you aren't ready to sign."
5. Living Elf on the Shelf: "For $100/hour I will come to your holiday party dressed as the Elf on the Shelf and sit in any location you assign me while I stare emptily at your guests for the duration of the event."
4. About that nail-clipper costume: We have so many questions about why this was a thing, none of which are answered in this Craigslist ad. The seller does brag about the quality materials built into this costume, which "won't win the costume contest." Also, warns this seller, "women won't flock to you."
3. Space in fort, bring pizza: "My girlfriend said she wanted to have a conversation about me being too childish, but she didn't know the password to get in."
2. Skeleton snowblower: In an ad for a Johnson snowblower, all seems totally normal. "Its the perfect snowmobile for this Winter in Minnesota, and you can ride it all year," the seller writes. He or she says nothing about this snowblower's one little quirk: There is a VISIBLE SKELETON LYING BENEATH THE SEAT.
1. T-Rex bike: Skeleton snowblower was not the only bones-related vehicle on Craigslist this year. "This wonderful rideable dinosaur, this fulfillment of my childhood dreams, needs to go to someone who likes being the center of attention, likes making the news whenever they're out in public, and likes inspiring joy and wonder in the faces of children."