A woman who claims she owns the Sun is taking eBay to court because the online auction house refuses to let people bid on plots of land on the Sun that the woman claims she owns as a result of a loophole in the “Outer Space Treaty.”
There’s crazy dumb, there’s crazy mad, there’s crazy in love, and there’s just plain old crazy. But claiming ownership of the Sun is a special brand of howling at the moon and frothing at the mouth kind of crazy that thankfully doesn’t show its face in the fierce and unforgiving glare of direct sunlight all that often.
Yet Spanish woman Maria Angeles Duran has crawled out of the shadows to try and make her fortune by selling plots of land on the Sun to bidders on eBay who really should know better.
The Independent reports that the Sun obsessed Spaniard previously declared with no small amount of fanfare that she owned the sun way back in 2010.
The crafty sun seeker exploited a loophole in the “Outer Space Treaty” to claim ownership of the Sun, and now she wants to turn a buck on the great ball of fire.
The “Outer Space Treaty” dictates that while no country has a right to claim sovereignty over celestial bodies, individuals are free to stake a claim.
Maria claimed ownership of the Sun after finding inspiration in the story of a man who registered the Moon and other planets in the solar system under his name.
Bizarrely, in 2010, the Spanish courts recognised Maria’s ownership of the Sun, but sadly for the solar entrepreneur, eBay recognises no such right for Maria to sell plots of land on the Sun to the highest bider and they have blocked her audacious auction.
Play with fire and you’re going to get burned, but this tale doesn’t end there.
Maria has won her right to take eBay to court for it’s actions and the trial will take place in sunny July.
According to Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galica, the woman who claims she owns the Sun is suing eBay for $10,000 because they took commission from her but failed to let her collect payments from bidders who purchased real estate on the celestial body.
Somewhat disturbingly, Maria had received a total of 600 orders for plots of land on the Sun, totalling $1,200.
Maria told the Daily Mail way back in 2010 that she is neither crazy or stupid but a shrewd business woman.
“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.”
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