Buy 1777.58 acres of the Moon
December 17, 2000 6:32 PM   Subscribe

Buy 1777.58 acres of the Moon "Probably the most romantic and original present you could ever give to a loved one." My ass!! You too can claim ownership to planets/stars throughout the universe and sell them over eBay....
posted by grank (8 comments total)
Ummm... first off isn't there some international treaty that says that no one can own the planets/stars. Correct me if I'm wrong here.
posted by bytecode at 6:43 PM on December 17, 2000

He gives great responces to feedback on ebay as well!

Complaint: Total Scam ! Tried to rip me off ! He does not own any land ! RUDE I have emails

Response: didn't even getland-wouldgive$back-no ratings-ebay doesn't allow scams-I DO OWN (sic)

posted by bytecode at 6:45 PM on December 17, 2000

I own planetary cluster N84 (obviously one of the better Ns), if anyone wishes to purchase, please contact.
posted by starduck at 7:41 PM on December 17, 2000

I bought my brother a plot of land on Io for Christmas this year, for twenty bucks.

(Hrm... I wonder if he reads MeFi? Ah well, suprise ruined)

It's mostly just fun paper with fancy writing, but the theory behind it is that the treaty was signed that no corporate or government body could own the planets/stars, so some guy (Donald Howard seems to stick in my head) took the fact that it didn't exclude individuals to heart, and apparently laid claim to every planetary body (including moons) in the solar system.

He did it in 1980, if the box tells the truth. I imagine the Internet actually made it profitable for him.

There a website out there, but I can't remember it offhand, and can't even think of a good google search to turn it up. If this thread's still active when I get home (so I'll remember), I'll check the box and post the URL.
posted by cCranium at 6:16 AM on December 18, 2000

So why didn't this guy just claim ownership to every celestial body in the known universe? Not like his claim means anything anyway.

I'd be interested to see some offical website, if you can find it.

The only people bidding on this on eBay have got to be stupid grandparents that are "planning for the future" by buying land on the Moon.....

Why does everyone say "the Moon" anyway? Since Moon is a name, like Earth, we should just say Moon. "Moon" is a halfass name for a moon, anyway....Earth got a cool name--why didn't the Moon?
posted by grank at 10:51 PM on December 20, 2000

Eep, what with the downtime, I forgot all about it. And now the box is wrapped.

People say "The Earth" also.

Ah, found something. I'm not sure if this is the same company, but the "deed" looks the same, so it very well could be. The Moonshop

(or is it Moonshop? :-)
posted by cCranium at 12:14 PM on December 21, 2000

I thought the moon's name was Luna.
posted by beth at 1:27 PM on December 22, 2000

OK, I have the official website address for Moon Property.
It's the Lunar Embassy and the URL is:

Good Luck!
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