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A canny Spanish woman from Galicia - a sun-drenched region on the border with Spain and Portugal - has decided that she owns the star, and has the registration papers to prove it.
Angeles Duran, 49, says that the sun officially belongs to her now, having had the celestial body registered in her name at a local notary office.
Ms Duran told the online edition of daily El Mundo she took the step in September after reading about an American man who had registered himself as the owner of the moon and most planets in our solar system.
There is an international agreement which states that no country may claim ownership of a planet or star, but it says nothing about individuals, she added.
'There was no snag, I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law
Ms Duran, who lives in the town of Salvaterra do Mino, said she now wants to slap a fee on everyone who uses the sun and give half of the proceeds to the Spanish government - and 20 per cent to the nation's pension fund.
She would dedicate another 10 per cent to research, another 10 per cent to ending world hunger - and would keep the remaining 10 per cent herself.
Dear Ms Duran:
Your property taxes are now past due. Figuring in the age of the sun and calculating a fair-use property tax the governments of the earth have calculated your tax bill:
Please pay the amount of :
12.6 quintillion pounds , due in full by 1st January 2011.
Failure to pay will result in the seizure of said properties,;
Additional fees and costs incurred to collect the monies due may be applied to the total.
- Jim Grant, hell, michigan, usa, 28/11/2010