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(Discover)   Yeah, everybody made fun of him, but that guy selling moon land for $19.99 an acre has made $9 million so far. That's one giant leap for a man   ( divider line
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2007-06-16 09:00:44 AM  
Not bad, but wait until people find out about the diamonds.
2007-06-16 09:04:51 AM  
is this legal? because if it is I have some land on Mercury for sale, a bargain at only $2 an acre
2007-06-16 09:05:32 AM  
that's some valuable cheese

/what phase is in development
2007-06-16 09:05:45 AM  
And meanwhile the rest of us wake up early every stupid day to go to our miserable jobs.

I so envy this guy. And the guy who invented the pool noodle.
2007-06-16 09:06:38 AM  
I should start selling sunshine. I'm not expecting much business from people in Seattle.
2007-06-16 09:07:35 AM  
FTFA: "I own about 95 different planetary bodies," he says. "The total amount of property I currently own is about 7 trillion acres. The value of that property is about $100 trillion. And that doesn't even include mineral rights."

i sure would like to kill this guy
2007-06-16 09:07:41 AM  
Would it be a total ripoff to sell you a spot on Uranus?
2007-06-16 09:09:05 AM  
I'm going to give bottled Florida swamp gas a try. I've already made a Brazillion dollars on my pet rocks. Time for something new ;-)
2007-06-16 09:10:03 AM  
Okay, I'll take a brief break from making fun of this guy until the Chinese land on the moon and build a base right in his luxury crater lots.
2007-06-16 09:11:58 AM  
Would it be a total ripoff to sell you a spot on Uranus?

Of course... too many Klingons on Uranus.

/ Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all day.
// Not really, going back to sleep.
2007-06-16 09:13:55 AM  
Harcore Fenton Mudd?

/got some sweet properties on the east side of Olympus Mons...
2007-06-16 09:15:01 AM  
He may not really own the Moon, but it looks like he's owned about half a million people.
2007-06-16 09:15:28 AM  
"That moon is Imperial property."
2007-06-16 09:16:31 AM  

Hate to break it to you, he also owns the planet Mercurym, Mars, Venus, and even the moon Io too. It's $19.95 an acre for Mercury land
2007-06-16 09:17:11 AM  
I call dibs on Jupiter's land rights
2007-06-16 09:18:05 AM  

"Hope has raked in over $9 million selling acres of lunar real estate for $19.99 a pop. So far, 4.25 million people have purchased a piece of the moon..."

2007-06-16 09:18:17 AM  
I call the Oort Cloud!!!
2007-06-16 09:18:36 AM  
I think this guy is an evil genius.

This statement is pretty damn funny
"I own about 95 different planetary bodies," he says. "The total amount of property I currently own is about 7 trillion acres. The value of that property is about $100 trillion. And that doesn't even include mineral rights."
2007-06-16 09:20:40 AM  
Wow, sounds like he has quite the moon-opoly.

Ha ha ha ha haaaa!

Oh god, my life is so hollow.
2007-06-16 09:23:38 AM  
I already own the entire Centaurus A galaxy. Just wait until someone wants a slice of that pie in a couple of thousand years. I'm gonna make bank.
2007-06-16 09:27:14 AM  
McGill university is in Montreal, not Toronto. Stupid, stupid author.
2007-06-16 09:31:14 AM  
We do offer hemispheric discounts.
2007-06-16 09:31:15 AM  
He is the moon master!
2007-06-16 09:32:52 AM  
Robert Heinlein called and wants his book plot back.
2007-06-16 09:33:28 AM  
Mars is mine ...just havent gotten round to print the title deeds.. he can claim what he wants ..but he aint having Mars...
2007-06-16 09:34:06 AM  
well I own the space above the moon, start coughing up if you plan on visiting said property.
2007-06-16 09:39:04 AM  
Fine, dude. You can have those piddling planets, and I'll keep mine. All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there.
2007-06-16 09:44:37 AM  
Problem is there is "reality" and what this guy thinks is real.

But if people are stupid enough to give him money, all the power to him.
2007-06-16 09:45:05 AM  
Gah... this is the stupidest shiat since selling the naming rights to stars.

/ranks up there with Who's Who of American Students and Poetry Contests in scammage
2007-06-16 09:50:02 AM  
I thought in order to make land claims you needed to actual be or have been on the land?
2007-06-16 10:00:02 AM  
Up your moon man

He will probably get done for running a scam one day.

My understanding is that the Moon is like the Antartic - it belongs to everyone (especially the guys with the biggest armies and weapons).

In the article, someone is quoted as saying ""The moon is a common property of the international community, so individuals and states cannot own it. That's very clear in the U.N. treaty. Individuals' rights cannot prevail over the rights and obligations of a state."
2007-06-16 10:00:16 AM  
Champthom: Hate to break it to you, he also owns the planet Mercurym, Mars, Venus, and even the moon Io too. It's $19.95 an acre for Mercury land
2007-06-16 10:02:56 AM  
Yeah, I caught that too! :-)
I'm bad at math, and even I can figure that out!
Bad author, bad!
19.99 X 4,250,000 = 84,957,500
84,957,500 does NOT equal 9,000,000.
2007-06-16 10:11:59 AM  
I want to buy a part of Uranus.
Just the wrinkly part.
2007-06-16 10:14:51 AM  
Ok, you 4+ million moontards. Line up, single file while I moisten this trout. Two licks each. Believe me, this is best for everyone.

//hates it when people get rich by milking idiots
///hates it when idiots all band together to make one arsehole rich
2007-06-16 10:15:14 AM  
Jesus H Christ in a chicken basket
the farking moon
2007-06-16 10:17:42 AM  
David Bowie should write a song about it...

In other news, I heard the value of real estate on Pluto has plummeted since its downgrade by the Interplanetary Commission...
2007-06-16 10:24:20 AM  
"And while you're there, can you pick up some of that nice moon money for me!? Royce McAuchin."

/No deal, McAuchin, that moon money is mine!
//I cannot seriously be the first to say this! Come on, you Farkers, get on the ball!
2007-06-16 10:29:04 AM  
What a fraud. It's a Ponzi scheme

Just try to get your money back, suckers
2007-06-16 10:37:21 AM
2007-06-16 10:43:16 AM  
FTFA Hope is right that the rules are somewhat murky-both Japan and the United States have plans for moon colonies-and lunar property ownership might be a powder keg waiting to spark. ... Historically, "the ownership of private property has been a major cause of war,"....

It's all fun and games until someone starts filming "World War Three: Lunar Envy" for FoxNEWS. I, for one, look forward to the day we get to start calling Sir Dennis Hope "WW3 Wiener"....
2007-06-16 10:45:25 AM  

The price likely started low and has increased over time. Or maybe there are volume discounts, or discounts for "less desirable" areas of the moon. I bet it's cheaper to buy land in the lunar ghetto.
2007-06-16 10:52:11 AM  
Third_Uncle_Eno: 19.99 X 4,250,000 = 84,957,500
84,957,500 does NOT equal 9,000,000.

You assume he sold everyone exactly an acre.
2007-06-16 10:59:38 AM  
FTFA: "I don't see a loophole," Jakhu says. "The moon is a common property of the international community, so individuals and states cannot own it."

What makes the moon so special? The moon and Earth are both heavenly bodies. What makes this piece of space debris have a value and none of the rest? (Besides the fact we live here)
If we ever do end up living on the moon will land still be free?
2007-06-16 10:59:41 AM  
So let me get this right. He says something like, "I own the moon, wanna buy some land?" and that means that he really does own the moon and can legally sell plots of land? Hmmm, I'll up the ante...

As of 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight time, on the 16th day of June in the year 2007, I, Alex Cawley, hereby own every star system that isn't the one we as humans currently reside in. Anyone refuting these claims must show proof of ownership, in the form of United States currency not to be in an amount less than $150,000,000,000,000,000,000.

Until someone can show me that much money, I am selling star systems at the low low price of $100. It's a steal!
2007-06-16 11:03:59 AM

"If the moon was made of hotdogs, WOULD YA BUY IT???? I know I would."

/first thing that came to mind
2007-06-16 11:05:38 AM  
Woohoo! I am now a certified land owner! Or maybe it would be space owner. I don't know, all I know is I will sell the entire Alpha Centauri system (all 3 stars, and all planets, asteroids, comets and anything else you may find there!) to someone for $100!
2007-06-16 11:17:01 AM  
I can't stand this guy. I don't like the idea that people own EARTH land, and am more in tune with the Native-Americans ideas that no one can own parts of the Earth. I think it's ludicrous. I think it's even more ludicrous that some guy can say he owns the moon and start selling bits of it off iece by piece. He's never even step foot on it, or come millions of miles close to it, how can he say he owns it? Through some loophole in EARTH law?

However, I also think that if you're stupid enough to give your money to some guy who says he owns parts of other planets, you deserve to be bilked out of your dollars.

I haven't researched the guy, maybe he was an astronaut and I'm talking out of my ass, but statistically speaking that's highly unlikely.
2007-06-16 11:17:20 AM  
St_Francis_P & skunkmasher

I don't think he even went to the trouble of buying the rights in the first place.
Didn't Harriman purchase the rights [for almost nothing] from the nations the moon passes directly over?

At least DD Harriman had some kind of claim to the moon, this clown just pulled it out of his ass.
2007-06-16 11:42:57 AM  
When we landed on the moon, it was not claimed just for America, but for the world. I read somewhere that it had been decided not to claim the whole planet -- as would be traditionally our right to do so as being the first there -- as a gesture of global cooperation.

Which is why no other nation in their efforts to get to the moon has bothered to ask permission of the US and why the US hasn't made any efforts to place defenses there.

So, legally and technically, there's no way any of the land deeds this scammer is selling would ever hold up in court. Especially once various nations return to the moon and, like Antarctica, start claiming pieces of it.

That's like selling chunks of Mars. No one owns the planet. No one even owns a piece of the planet. You can't sell what you don't own and expect it to hold up legally.

Naturally this idiot is capitalizing on a few recent articles pointing out the moon hold Hydrogen 2 -- a version supposed to be able to generate tremendous amounts of energy if used as a fuel, which is why some nations are starting to get ready to go to the moon -- including the USA.

That's like those 'pay some bucks and get a star named after you' scams of the last decade. It never dawned on anyone that those scientific institutes which actually name and record stars had nothing to do with this little money maker so, legally, there are no stars bearing names purchased by suckers.

Well, lawyers will have plenty of time to prepare for the lawsuits they're going to be filing once folks return to the moon -- and someone treads on someone else's land.

That ought to be amusing.

The USA sends up a billion dollar lander, it touches down on Joe Idiot's plot of land, who promptly hauls out his deed and files a trespassing warrant against the government and seeks damages for the astronauts disturbing the pristine surface.

Only the lawyers will make money then.

If we get back to the moon within the next decade, this fellow might find that he's going to loose all of his money and then some by lawsuits filed against him for fraud and the sale of goods to which he had no legal ownership.
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