It was bound to happen: First Bill Birnes —former TV UFO Hunter and current publisher of UFO magazine— seeks to trademark the word UFO for publication in magazines —an acronym that has been globally used for more than 50 years; then the Facebook guys want to trademark the word "face". But now here comes someone with an even better idea:
Angeles Duran, a woman from Spain, has laid claim to the Sun. She argues that there’s no international law to prevent her action:
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.”
I know that somewhere there's an Exxon executive banging his head on the desk for not coming up with this before.
I really like the Geekologie writer's prescription of "[suing] her ass every time her property causes cancer."
It could also be a very lucrative opportunity for farmers, who would have every right to complain about failures in the service ;)