You might go to a notary to get a marriage license or a mortgage, but Maria Duran had another plan. She registered the sun in her name at her local notary in Vigo, Spain. Under the United Nation’s Outer Space Treaty, no country can claim ownership of the sun but Duran claims that there is no provision against humans doing so. The 54-year-old woman set up an eBay (EBAY) shop and began selling plots of land on the star for one euro each. eBay eventually kicked Duran off of the site, and the mother of four turned around and sued the online auction site for breech of contract. At first the site tried to settle, then argued that there was no jurisdiction. Now the company will have to argue the case in Madrid this July.
I don’t what makes me say “WTF?” more….the fact that this lady tried this….or the fact that there REALLY is a UN Outer Space Treaty.
Grown up human beings gathered together in a room and came up with a TREATY about outer space.
Outer space….a place, that, lets face it….we barely even have the ability to GET TO.
And they made a treaty about it.
“The middle East? Yeah….we want to work that out, but, we gotta get past this whole Jupiter issue FIRST.” said some unknown UN wonk.