The St. Joseph Home Sale Kit: Another product promotion straight from the Onion

If ReMax or Century 21 doesn’t work, the power of prayer can’t hurt, especially at $6.99.

Our ACE Hardware circular includes a package-deal lawnsign from for $19.99.

Alongside, ACE offers a “St. Joseph Home Sale Kit.” According to the flyer, thie kit “Provides all you need to prayerfully ask St. Joseph’s help in the sale of your home. Includes an introduction and background on the St. Joseph Home Sale Practice, the Way of St. Joseph, a petition to St. Joseph and a 3-1/2″ statue.” All this costs $6.99. The St. Joseph statue is certainly more attractive than the lawn sign. These days it may also be more cost-effective.

Post-script: I have received a surprising number of emails from Chicagoans explaining the proper deployment of St. Joseph–buried head down in the yard. By any means necessary baby.

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect,, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

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