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Nae's Nest —  May 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

Meet Denis Hope, the Man Who Sells the Moon

Posted: 27 Mar 2013 02:05 AM PDT

If someone tried to sell me the moon, I would dismiss them as con artists. So I was pretty surprised to learn about Denis Hope, a 65-year-old man from Gardnerville, Nevada, who runs a legit business selling land plots on the Moon, Mars, Venus, Io and Mercury. Of course, there’s no legal backing to all this, but there’s nobody stopping him either. As long as he’s able to make people smile, he says he can do anything he wants. He’s been in business since 1980.

Hope is a former-ventriloquist, now in the business of space real-estate. Some people view his work as the selling of ‘novelty items’ such as pet rocks and certificates. Others argue that he’s taking forth the age-old American tradition of land speculators selling plots of useless land. Hope admits that there are several others selling property in outer space, but the difference is that those people are criminal in their intent. He considers himself the legit owner of the Moon, so what he’s doing is all right. How come he is so confident, you ask? Well, he says this is as real as any other property you can buy on Earth, and that’s because he filed a declaration with the United Nations. Otherwise, Hope says he wouldn’t be selling at all.



Photo: NY Times video caption

Hope says he sent a note to the UN that if they had a legal problem with his claim to ownership of the moon, they should let him know. But he’s never heard back from them, so he took that as a green signal to go ahead with his business. This isn’t credible enough for many, though. Ram Jakhu from the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University, says pretty simply, “I don’t see a loophole.” According to Frans von der Dunk, professor of Space Law at the University of Nebraska, “It’s either a hollow claim or a fraud.” That’s not stopping Hope. So far, he’s sold 600 million acres on the moon alone at the rate of about 200 properties per day. Regardless of the location of the property, each one costs $19.99. And that’s not including  the $1.51 lunar or planetary tax and the extra $2.50 to put the name on the document. Hope says he has over 5 million individual property owners in 193 countries on Earth

The most interesting aspect of Hope’s work is how he selects the properties. When he has to choose the area of a planet to sell, he just covers his eyes and points his finger on a large map. Wherever his finger lands is what he ends up selling. But apart from just selling property, Hope has other ideas for development on the moon. He has plans and blueprints for a Lunar Embassy. His current idea is for a pyramid that will house embassies for every government on Earth. It all sounds pretty interesting until he mentions spaces for non-Earth based governments. That’s when he seems a wee bit loony to me. He claims that these governments are ‘here’ and he is in touch with them. He started his own ‘Moon government’ in 2004 and says that they are now a fully recognized sovereign nation. It gets extremely bizarre when he mentions Rigley Pop who emailed him in 1999 claiming ownership of the Sun, asking for a charge of $30 million a year for all the energy put out for all the planetary bodies that Hope owns. Hope handled that pretty well, he just replied, “We don’t want your energy, please turn it off.”

Either Hope is a fantastic scam artist, or just plain crazy. Either way, it’s very interesting to hear him speak of such things in the most serious tone. In his own words, “I had an idea, and I followed through for the last 30 years.” How many of us can claim to have done that?

Sources: New York TimesNational Geographic



Nae's Nest —  March 30, 2012 — 5 Comments

My nest was made with care.  I used only the best materials.  Of course, there is grass, straw and other important necessities.  However, though it took time and much effort, I found precious things to remind me of you.  All of you.  The ones I love and hold dear.

In years past, the nest was full and rumbucious.  Loud boys, close in age.  Always wrestling, fighting, trying to ride the dog and trying to find the cat (who was smart enough to hide).

Though sometimes the nest was crazy, it was full.

……….Full of love……….

I awoke one morning to find, the chicks had left the nest.  The time had come, a blink of an eye, they were gone…..bye!

……….I love you………………..come see me………………..bye……….

The tears, oh the tears.  The nest overflowing with my tears.  One of the most difficult times in my life, when my little birds took flight.

Flying on their own.  A great big sky.  Young, good-looking men.  Though I am sad, missing them so…I am so proud.

I look around my nest and I see all of the wonderful memories it had been built of.  Let’s see, we have a few baseball cards–only a few from a collection of hundreds (all worthless lol).  I was allowed a few of the duplicates, carefully selected by the boys after they both agreed on which cards.

Trust me, it was a process.  Cards spread out all over the place.  It took them days to finally reach a decision.  Finally, I was dispersed a Michael LeBelle (Cardinals), John Led  (Mets) and lastly, a Jeremy Jude (Red Sox).

What?  What’s that you say?  You’ve never heard of these guys?  Well, why do you think they gave them to me? lmao…I got the duds, the losers, the unknowns, probably let go before they played a single game!   Mostly likely, I am their only fan.  Do you know why?  Because my sons gave them to me.

“It does not matter what the gift is, as long as its given with love”

This is true in all cases except when a lover gives you a fake diamond.  If this ever happens, the lady has permission by law, to squeeze the diamonds out of him no matter how hard you have to strangle him.

I suppose this is a good place to end my touching and sentimental story.  There are many more memorable items in my nest.  Perhaps I will share a few more with you another time down the road.  I am a bit tired right now.

Squeezing  is very tiring.

by Renee Robinson

Husband Buried In Backyard

Nae's Nest —  March 28, 2012 — 1 Comment


HerbgardenWould this increase property value?
From The Huffington Post.
Cops say Barbara Scott buried her husband in this herb garden for three months and kept it a secret.

She took “pushing up daisies” way too literally.

Florida woman Barbara Scott, 64, didn’t just keep the death of her husband a secret, she failed to mention that 77-year-old Bennie Scott was buried in her herb garden.

Bay News 9 reported that the woman buried her husband in the backyard of their Lake Alfred home, and then told friends for three months that he was either in Oklahoma or had throat problems and couldn’t talk.

Barbara Scott’s daughter became suspicious, reeled in a confession and talked her mom into telling police on Tuesday.

“[Scott] seemed calm, almost relieved that it was coming to a close,” Polk County Sheriff’s Captain Jim Elensky told the station.

The Associated Press reported that the body was dug up that day from a grave 3 to 4 feet deep.

The cause of Bennie Scott’s death wasn’t immediately apparent, and no charges have yet been filed.

10 Unique, One-of-a-Kind Homes


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If you consider yourself a non-conformist, or one who shuns traditional ways of doing things, then here is a perfect lineup of nontraditional homes that should fit your spirit perfectly. Take your pick from a church, an old firehouse, an earthship home, a geodesic home, a floating home, and even a decommissioned missile site. Plus, some of these homes are for sale!

10 One-of-a-Kind Places to Call Home:

1. Old Firehouse – 117 Broad St, San Francisco, CA 94112 (above)
Status: For Sale — $975,000

San Francisco’s Firehouse 33 was in the business of fighting fires from 1896 to 1974. Up until 1921, it had two horses, a steamer, a Dalmatian and a rotating crew of firefighters. When bigger fire engines were built in the 1970s, Firehouse 33′s doors could not accommodate the wider girth and so, the original Firehouse 33 became obsolete and a new Firehouse 33 was built around the corner. An entrepreneurial couple bought this firehouse and turned it into a home/business — the “San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures” business. It has two beds, two baths and 4,000 sq ft of space, plus interesting amenities such as the original redwood lockers the firemen used, lots of closet space, a garage that can fit six cars (and a firetruck, if you had one) and of course, a fire pole!
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2. Old Church — 601 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (above)
Status: For Sale – $7,490,000

Yes, here we are in San Francisco again (surprised?) where we find a fabulously restored Gothic Revival home that was formerly a church. At 17,000 sq ft, it is said to be one of the largest single family homes in San Francisco. The living room features a soaring, coffered, hand-painted ceiling with seven enormous chandeliers, stained glass windows (naturally) and arched windows looking out to Dolores Park. Climb to the tower meditation room and deck for a 360-degree view of the city.
See more photos of the church

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3. Round House- 122 Olmstead Hill Rd, Wilton, CT 06897 (above)
Status: Presently off the market

Known as the “Connecticut Round House,” this unique property has been listed for sale a couple times before being recently removed with a list price of $1,750,000 (it was listed in 2008 for $2.3 million). Designed by architect Richard T. Foster, it is a cylindrical masterpiece that sits 12 feet off the ground on its “base” and has the ability to rotate slowly 360 degrees, taking in the nearly four acres of land and a pond. It takes about 50 minutes to complete an entire rotation and can be stopped, slowed down or sped up. Made of steel, glass and shingles, the 3,000 sq ft home was renovated in 2005 and is completely walled in glass. It features custom ash cabinetry, state-of-the-art Xenon interior lighting, marble and limestone bath finishes, and “Smart House” technology in the main house.” Plus, there is a separate guest house and in-ground lap pool.
See more photos of the Connecticut Round House

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4.  Cave house – 1101 N 11th St, Festus, MO 63028 (above)
Status: Presently off the market

The “Cave House” was on the market in a distress sale in 2009, but it appears the owners were able to re-work their adjustable-rate loan and have now happily settled back into cave life. The 17,000 square foot house — er, cave — is in Festus, MO, and has three chambers: a front chamber that contains three bedrooms; a middle chamber that holds the laundry room, storage, and a spare bath, and the back chamber that still has the stage where Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, Ike and Tina Turner, and many other entertainers performed. Obviously, the owners of this cave are very well connected. No furnace or air-conditioning needed; geothermal and passive solar systems keep the home comfortable year-round. (Photo courtesy
See more photos of the Cave House

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5. Earthship – 6 High Meadow Dr, Taos, NM 87571 (above)
Status: For Sale – $265,000

That’s right — you won’t find this “earthship” in a well-manicured cul-de-sac in most regions of the U.S., but your chances are much greater in New Mexico or Arizona. Called “Sol Ship,” this one-bed, one-bath earthship is designed for off-the-grid living and uses passive solar thermomass construction that heats and cools the interior. But don’t worry — you can tap into traditional systems if you have a craving for microwave popcorn. Many earthships are a little rough around the edges with recycled materials visibly poking out (tires, cans, bottles) but this is a higher-end earthship with an indoor koi pond and hand-plastered walls with whimsical sculpted displays around the fireplace and walls. Two underground, 3,000-gallon cisterns hold water. Own this home and no one will insult you about your carbon footprint, because it doesn’t exist.
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6. Geodesic home –  2643 Birch Ave, Batavia, IA 52533 (above)
Status: No longer on the market

Geodesic dome homes rode a wave of popularity in the 1960s and 70s, but their construction is now limited due to challenges in code requirements. While the exterior is round, the interior of geodesic homes contain many angles — just try to find a wall in which to hang a photo, or a long flat wall to position the couch. This four-bed, 3.5-bath dome home sits on 20 acres.
See more photos of this geodesic home

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7. Floating home – 2466 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 (above)
Status: For Sale – $975,000

No, Tom Hanks does not live here and this is not the Sleepless in Seattle floating home, but this is a quintessential floating home on Seattle’s Lake Union and better yet — it’s never been lived in. The shingled-style master craftsman design offers two bedrooms and one bath.
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8. Old Barn – 9424 Windsong Loop NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 (above)
Status: Recently sold — $542,000

This Bainbridge Island, WA barn was built 104 years ago and was used as a dairy farm before being converted into a home. It retains its barn shape with soaring, cathedral ceilings with exposed beams and rough-hewn floors. Rolling barn doors serve as shutters to two bedrooms and one original wall reveals the original penciled shopping list that includes 2,100 pounds of seeds. Sixteen windows in the open living area draw passive solar heat and natural light.
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9. Shoe House — 197 Shoe House Rd, Hellam, PA 17406 (above)
Status: Not listed on the market

Shoe store tycoon Mahlon Haines built this landmark home in 1948 as an advertising gimmick. The house features a front door with a stained-glass portrait of the owner himself, an observation platform, and even a shoe-shaped doghouse. Fittingly, Mahlon once used the home as a guest house, offering weekend stays to elderly couples. Read more about the Shoe house. (Photo courtesy Cool High Quality Pix).
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10. Decommissioned missile site – 1874 N Batum Rd, Othello, WA 99159 (above)
Status: For Sale – $3,500,000

We saved the best for last and no — this is not a joke. This is a decommissioned military Titan 1 missile complex that is being listed as a potential residential property and it’s for sale for $3.5 million in Othello, WA (about 3 hours east of Seattle). That’s the “front door” in the photo above, which is a two-ton hatch that leads down six flights of stairs to a network of subterranean rooms and tunnels that all connect to a 125-ft diameter “superdome” with a 65-ft ceiling. According to Windermere real estate agent Kelvin Wallin, 18 Titan 1 missile sites were built during the years 1959-1962 between Colorado and Washington state. This one has three underground missile silos that measure 160-ft deep and 40-ft wide. According to Wallin, this site can withstand and survive any nuclear blast. Twenty years ago, a man purchased this property from the government and intended to turn it into a youth camp, but he died before he could realize his dream. Enjoy your own private well, generator power, and live off the grid. Not much curb appeal, but this beauty was built to last!