Thursday, December 2, 2010

There goes my office overhead

We generally take the sun for granted. It rises and sets pretty reliably, and is a relatively ordinary star.

But let's face it: We're here because it's there. If it were to burn out tomorrow, AND we had the capacity to use all wood, oil, nuclear fuel, etc. (including what's still underground) we could keep the planet warm enough to support life for maybe 72 hours. Maybe.

But it's always been free. Until now.

Ms. Angeles Duran, of Spain, has registered herself as the owner of the sun. Really.

She claims that while international treaties forbid nations from owning stellar objects, individuals may do so. So she went to a local notary and registered herself as the sole (sol?) owner of a very large furnace, currently located 93,000,000 miles from her.

She says she's going to start charging the rest of us for using her property.

Here's the story.

Thank you, Kayden.

19 comments:

Buddy said...

Next time I get a sunburn I am going to sue her for damages...She is going to have to put up a REALLY BIG warning label.

The Mother said...

I'm with Buddy. We can send her the bills for all the little things I've had cut off my nose. And my MIL's melanoma.

Watercolor said...

I'll hold my breath waiting for my bill..... Her postage and envelope budget is going to be HUGE!!

Anonymous said...

Isn't this a "Squatter's Rights" issue? Shouldn't she actually have to live there for a certain amount of time before she claims to own it?

Kim said...

Hey! I just posted that on my blog, only from a different source. And I pretty much made the same comment that Buddy made about suing her the next time I get burned!

Anonymous said...

Sue her for faded curtains too!

Mr Mobius said...

Basically she can be sued for so many wrong things, but can't charge for people using the sun since she is willingly releasing the heat free of charge. Good luck to her.

CrownedwithVictory said...

She needs to keep her sunlight off my property or I will sue for trespassing!

Anonymous said...

This raises some questions:

Is she going to charge for gravity, too, or just photons?

What constitutes the property line? How about solar flares, solar wind, etc?

And how about intellectual property rights? Can she collect royalties for use of the name or image?

Will she take relativistic effects into account when calculating her fees?

Anonymous said...

If someone detonates a hydrogen bomb, can she sue for copyright infringement?

Crazed Nitwit said...

For crying out loud........(just sitting here shaking my head)

Anonymous said...

I'm going to sue her for the pain her sunlight causes me when I have a migraine! People with snowblindness should be able to sue her, and also people who have road accidents because they are suddenly blinded by glare.

Jeralee said...

I KNEW IT! I knew there was a reason that we see very little sun here in the Pacific NW in Winter. She's hogging it all.

That, and someone up in Alaska must have the rights to it for part of the year.

Anonymous said...

ain't no sunshine when she's gone.....sun don't shine when she's away....

Anonymous said...

Talk about delusions of granduer!


But, she better have some big bucks for ME....I have tradmarked and have sole propritary ownership of "O2" as well as its subsidiary, "H2O". Use of either will require a payment to me!

and anon 148 ~ ROTFLMAO!!!!

Pattie, RN

Anonymous said...

Doc, I always wondered how long it would be before hypothermia set in if the sun burned out. Thanks for giving me a time line.

Check mark on the list of 1001 things I used to wonder about.

Anonymous said...

I live in Oregon, I wont owe at thing.

Anonymous said...

Ok - so if she owns the freakin' sun, then I want her address so I can write her a letter and politely request that it not shine so viciously in the summer and I'd really like some more 'sun' time in the winter. Do-able, no?

Benjamin said...

In related news...

http://sorryalltheclevernamesaretaken.blogspot.com/2010/11/al-gore-sues-angeles-duran-for-damages.html

I wonder what the statute of limitations is on Global Warming?

 
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