Virgiliu Pop: Space Lawyer

On April 28, 2001, Virgiliu Pop -- a space lawyer and extraterrestrial property rights expert at Glasgow University -- claimed ownership of the sun and also disavowed any liability for damage caused by his property. Pop pulled the stunt, he later explained, "to show how ridiculous a property-rights system in outer space would be if it were based solely on claims unsubstantiated by any actual possession."

[In 1993, three Yemeni brothers, claiming to have inherited Mars from their ancestors 3,000 years before, filed a lawsuit against the United States for trespassing on the red planet. The Americans sent attorneys to Yemen and the case was ultimately dismissed.]

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