I’ll claim ownership of one of Saturn’s rings. A nice inner one, please.

After billions of years the Sun finally has an owner — a woman from Spain’s soggy region of Galicia said Friday she had registered the star at a local notary public as being her property. Angeles Duran, 49, told the online edition of daily El Mundo she took the step in September after reading about an American man who had registered himself as the owner of the moon and most planets in our solar system.

There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it says nothing about individuals, she added.

“There was no snag, I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law. I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first.”

The document issued by the notary public declares Duran to be the “owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, located at an average distance from Earth of about 149,600,000 kilometers.”

Duran, who lives in the town of Salvaterra do Mino, said she now wants to slap a fee on everyone who uses the sun and give half of the proceeds to the Spanish government and 20 percent to the nation’s pension fund.

Mr. Hollywood Suntan, George Hamilton, would probably owe the value of a small nation if he had to pay for all the sunlight he’s used over the years.

Found by Brother Uncle Don




  1. TSA's ribbed rubber gloves says:

    I found a picture of this woman as a child:
    http://imgur.com/CO0ft.jpg

  2. Imagine what the monthly payments would be
    Glad that she got a good rate – almost free
    Still all the legal gobbledygook for something that no one really owns or can claim
    What is next ?

  3. rbitting says:

    Well this may put a stop to the manned mission to the sun by NASA. Yeah, Yeah, they know all about how they could burn up on the sun but they’ve thought of that. They were going to go at night!

  4. Angel H. Wong says:

    Why am I not surprised that a woman came up with such a greedy act of stupidty?

  5. Miguel says:

    Madre de Dios, it is true then that the Americans have no sense of humor. All you want to do is sue. You are just jealous because none of you provincials thought of this. Viva Espana!

  6. crazierthanher says:

    So, how much taxes does the biatch owe? Who collects?

    I claim the solar system so she owes it to me!

    .001¢ per pound per year will do nicely.

  7. Sea Lawyer says:

    I’m more amused that there is an international agreement that countries won’t claim ownership of planets that they have no present way of colonizing.

    It’s like the silly idea that nations should come together and outlaw war after they’ve already staked their territory claims and killed off those who would challenge them.

  8. rebeljt says:

    Let me know how that works out for ya.

  9. Buzz Mega says:

    Invalid. As are the man who claimed the planets.

    The missing element: a planted flag.

    Erm, what element do you make the flag out of to plant it on the sun?

  10. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    She may own the Sun, but I have all mineral rights! I plan to corner the hydrogen market next week.

  11. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission agent: “Yes Ma’am. I see your deed to the Sun. But what I need to see is your permit for a fusion reactor.”

  12. Nik (no C) says:

    If you can’t physically poop on it, you can’t own it.

  13. sargasso_c says:

    Next: Ownership of Elements. Anyone want to claim silicon?

  14. Uncle Dave says:

    #33: Hasn’t a huge percentage of LA already claimed it? Oops. Sorry. That’s silicone.