This one is really challenging, even for your Curmudgeon. We spotted this headline in the Telegraph, published in London: Spanish woman claims ownership of the sun. You’ll want to read it all, so we’ll give you just a few excerpts:
A Spanish woman claims she has become the legal owner of the Sun after registering it as her property with a local notary and now plans to charge those who use it.
Angeles Duran, 49, from Vigo in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia, applied for ownership of the fiery star at the centre of our solar system after learning that similar claims had been made by an American on the Moon, Mars and Venus.
Fascinating, isn’t it? Then the Telegraph says:
Last week Miss Duran was issued with a document that declares she is “the owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, at an averaged distance from Earth of around 149,600,000 kilometres” (93 million miles).
Wowie — she was issued a document! One more excerpt:
“I know the law and backed my claim legally,” she told local media. “I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first.” She announced that she now plans to profit from her property and wants to charge those whose benefit from its energy.
Addendum: We Googled for the woman’s name and found that this isn’t a new story. The Daily Mail has a story about her from back in 2010: Spanish woman claims she owns the sun – and now plans to start charging ALL users.
And now for the challenge. We assume that with a story this wild, there must be some creationism in there somewhere, so the form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:
You know the rules: You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.
There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!
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