The Man Who Owns The Moon? | Ear Biscuits

– I'm gonna talk to you guys about people who have gamed the system (funky upbeat music) This is about a man named Dennis Hope who claims to be the richest man in the solar system

He's also known as The Moon Man (Rhett snort-laughs) – The Moon Man? – You guys are gonna love this I had to check to check so many times, is this really real? (Rhett laughs) So many times, I couldn't believe it – You went to Snopes? – I went to Snopes, I went everywhere, man – The richest man in the universe? – The richest man in the solar system

– The solar system is still pretty big – It is big, and here's why Okay, as far as he's concerned, Dennis Hope, he owns most of it – Hmm, okay – And they explain why

In the early 1980s, Dennis was unemployed for about a year and he thought he'd be a good property owner and he'd make a good living in real estate – Mm hmm – So he looked out his window and he saw what looked like a pretty big piece of property that nobody owned, which was the moon – The moon! (all laughing) – Yes, so– – You know what? Hmm, lotta real estate up there, lotta opportunity – He remembered, he had taken a political science course in college, back in his college days

– That's all it takes You take one, you think you know everything – He remembered that, remember I mentioned to you guys the United Nations Outer Space Treaty? – Mm hmm – Yes – So this is a 1967 treaty that said no country could own the moon, but it said nothing about individuals

– Ooh, loophole! – So he thought, "There's my loophole!" So he jumped in that loophole, he wrote a letter to the United Nations saying the moon was his He didn't even ask for permission – He declared it – He declared the moon his and he asked them, the government– – To send him a plaque – Pretty much

He said "You need to provide me with a legal reason "why an individual could not claim ownership of the moon," and he never heard back – Hmmm – That was all he needed – Yeah I'm with him on this

– Here's a quote "I sent the United Nations a declaration of ownership "detailing my intent to subdivide and sell the moon "and have never heard back" – He's gonna make subdivisions up there – He is going to, he did, man – Cul-de-sac

– The Lunar Estates – (laughs) Yes, you're actually not far off There's a loophole in the treaty, it does not apply to individuals, so he started a business called The Lunar Embassy (laughter) I have to show you this website, man – The Lunar Embassy? – He is the CEO

He's the CEO, which is not Chief Executive Officer, it's Celestial Executive Officer – Yeah, of course it is – [Kevin] The President of the Galactic Government, AKA The Head Cheese, of The Lunar Embassy There's a website for this, man! – Dang, boy! – So he's still active? – He's still active! This is gonna blow your mind Here's what it says when you go to the website

– It's a pretty good website, too – [Kevin] "Welcome to the computer center "of the Lunar Embassy, the leaders in extraterrestrial "real estate and the only company in the world "to be recognized to possess a legal basis for selling "and registering extraterrestrial properties!" – Well, who is he recognized by? Recognized himself – Well, hold on Let's break this down – Yes, please

– First of all, the first three words, welcome to what? – "The computer center of the Lunar Embassy" – Okay, the computer center? – Yes – He doesn't understand how websites work – That's a website – Yes, yes! – How's he s'posed to know anything about real estate if he doesn't know what a website is? – Well, maybe that's what they call it on the moon

You don't know– – The computer center – The computer center could, website could've, maybe it won out, but maybe computer center was the next best thing? – Welcome to– – Think of something better than website that's not computer center – Yeah (laughing) I can't, man – Inter, internet– – Internet spot? – Spot, yeah

– Yeah – Computer center, man! – It gets better, guys "If you are looking for an extraterrestrial property, "you have come to the right place! "This really is the cheapest real estate in the universe! "And if you think this must be a really good joke, "please know that it is not" – It's a really bad joke – [Kevin] "For more info, go to "the 'What's it all about?' section

" – He sells it by the acre? What does he do? – He sells it, there's a Buy section on this Right here, Buy Now, he has moon property, Mars property, Venus property He's got Mercury property, he's got– – So he moved on to every planet in the solar system – Yes – Now, does he say he owns all of it and he's subdividing it, or is he, does he give a little for the scientists? – He does, actually

– Good for him – Yeah, he does give a little – Yeah, room for the computer centers – Yeah, he has spaces set aside just for them – Scientist centers? – Yes

– And then, okay – Set aside just for those guys – What's the price? – Okay, so today's price is $2499 for an acre – Holy Crap! – That sounds cheap! – This is like gettin' in on– – The ground floor! – The frickin' Old West, man! – Serious

– Like, this is like goin' inta Texas, like 200 years ago and buyin' 10,000 acres and then being a baron We could be barons right now – Yes – It's pretty barren (laughter) – Has, I wonder if anyone has given this guy money? – Yeah

I mean, what's this guy's revenue? – I'm about to blow your guys' minds here in a second – You know what, listen, okay This dude has created an opportunity for stupid people to give him money, that is what they call business, man! (laughter) – Yes! – You know, that's just another way to say business (Rhett laughing) – Yes To date, and this is, I think this article I read is a little bit old, so it's probably more than this, he's sold more than 600 million acres of land

– (laughs) No! – Yes! – No, no, no, no, no, no – Yes – 600 million acres? – 600 million acres of land On the moon – But you know who's buyin it? That guy with the ATM card

– Yeah, that's– – This just seems, this can't be real – It is, you know who else his, I'm gonna tell you three of his customers are former Presidents of the United States George HW Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan – No, okay – What? No

– This can't, no This, I'd, no – How, how? – [Kevin] It's real, man – Kevin, how do you know this is real? – I have looked up deep into this guy and everything I'm finding of him is real They made a, I think they made a documentary on this guy or other people that were related to the moon, and he talks about it, you can see it all on his website

There's a Add, you can go to his website, buy an acre, and add it to a cart You can add an acre of Moon to a cart on his website! – But how do we know that the– – Just 'cause there's a cart? – So when you went to Snopes– – Yeah? – What did they say? – Snopes comes up with another couple that was trying to do the same thing Similar, but they, but their story wasn't true This guy's story, everything, okay, this, you Google this guy, and it comes up on like, lemme see– – Is he the one that said it was 600,000, 600 million acres? Because that means that this guy's one of the richest people in the world – He's got like, made over $9 million doing this

– Now that sounds somewhat reasonable – Yeah – But not really, but okay – So, he– – That he's made $9 million? – Yeah, you're right Now the 600 million doesn't make sense

Acres, that would be, unless it was back to what you said about giving chunks of it away – I mean, he may have given people a different deal – Yeah, which is what I think it was But when you look him up, he comes up on all kinds of articles, US News, Vice did an article, New York Times, like he's on every mainstream– – Articles say the 9 million figure? – Yeah, that, I think it was maybe Vice I read that from $9 million, this guy's made

– What? – It's crazy, man, so– – Where does he live? – I'm not sure – Which planet? – (laughs) He's got space on the moon, that's for sure So, he once said that he sold a country-size plot of land, 26 million acres, for $250,000 And he said that the largest property for sale is a continent-size piece of property, 5 million acres, which costs $13 million

He hasn't sold that yet, or any of those yet – But who, okay, so, if you've got $250,000 to spend, it doesn't mean you're necessarily smart, but it means that you're not real dumb, right? So– – It's one of those things that, like, in the future, when we're colonizing other planets, well, let's go past that Once planets are colonized, if you then, like, I went there to visit and you introduced me to someone and you said "This is" what's the guy's name? – His name is Dennis Hope – "Dennis Hope! "He's the guy who owns most of this," or, no, "He's the guy who owns a big plot "on a lot of different places" It's not all of it, but I could see how this guy would be able to finagle his way in to whenever that does happen in the future, somehow because of these exercises now, it does pay off

But I'm very suspicious that anything's paid off right now – He'll be, he'll be dead, probably – No no no, there's all the cryogenic technology and, um, you know — – Because that's real as well – Here's the Vice article So, they asked him "How much land have you sold for?" He said "Well, this is the only job I've had since 1995, "which is when I started do this full-time

"We've sold 611 million acres of land on the moon, "325 million acres on Mars, and a combined "125 million acres on Venus and Mercury," and he also said– – You can't live on Venus and Mercury – I know – You can't live any of these places – No, you can't – But, I mean, Mars and the moon are slightly better candidates

– Right – He thinks he's gonna prove you wrong He's banking on people, literally, who think they're gonna prove you wrong – But logistically, the way that it will work, right? So, countries will claim, and what is the status of the moon right now in terms of, I mean, I know that, you know, we put an American flag up there – Well, the UN thing applies to that

Everyone agreed in the United Nations that countries can't own it – Yes, and there was a representative – So the world owns it? – Yeah, a representative from International Institute of Space Law at the United Nations, they said the United Nations never responded because the treaty applies to both countries and it's citizens and they basically said what he's doing is just selling them pieces of paper – Yeah, definitely – Well, of course

Yeah, and they didn't want to give him credence with a response, I mean, like "No you won't!" – This is like those sovereign citizen people – Right – "Oh no you won't!" – There's a lot of 'em, you know about this? – Yeah – They're like "The law "doesn't apply to me because I'm a sovereign citizen" Watch, Google "sovereign citizens owned by police" or, you will be entertained because if you are in that particular country and you're violating the law, you will still suffer the consequences of violating the law, regardless of what your perspective is

Which is what's gonna happen to this guy – What do you mean "owned by police"? Like– – Like people doing something, being pulled over, and saying, the cop asks them for their license and registration, and they say "I don't have to give that to you "I'm not subject to the laws of this country "I'm a sovereign citizen," and then basically the cops are like– – The cop now owns him – "You're subject to the effect of this taser," you know? – Okay

– So– – But– – I just misunderstood what you meant by owned by the police – Pwned, I shoulda used pwned – Yeah – But it's 2017, so I didn't – I thought you were saying that you want me to find out about sovereign lands that policemen own

– Yeah (Kevin laughs) – That's also gonna be very interesting for me later – But, I mean, how, I don't, haven't thought about this at all, I just know that, like, you know, Elon Musk is well on his way to having something on Mars, right? I mean, which, I don't even know how I feel about it, but I think eventually, like 1,000 years from now, whatever, it's inevitable, right, that there'll be some sort of presence on– – It seems inevitable and I will bet you a lot of Bitcoin that that guy will be one of 'em Somehow, he'll be on there – No

No, you know how– – He'll get in on it – You know how he'll be honored? They will like, somebody who, maybe somebody who listened to this Ear Biscuit who becomes some sort of scientist and then writes in down somewhere That's the only way somebody's gonna find out about it now – Yeah (laughs) Somebody's gonna, as an homage– – Gonna name a county? – As an homage to this guy– – A moon county? – Is gonna name something after him, but that is his best hope

– Right – That is his best hope Best possible scenario for this guy – I think his best hope was that he's made a lot of money now – Like get rich, get rich now

– Yeah – Which is– – Yeah – It's like he tapped into the greatest gag gift of all time (funky upbeat music) – [Rhett] To hear this Ear Biscuit in it's entirety so you don't miss a thing, follow the links in the description to ART19, Apple PodCasts, Spotify, and anywhere else podcasts are available – [Link] To watch more Ear Biscuits, click the video on the left

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