Thursday, June 15, 2006

I Own Land In All 50 States, And So Can You!

Author: Nick
Category: Money

heck, i might even own some FLOWERS

You read that right, folks, and I’m definitely not making it up! I’m one of the privileged few people who can say he owns a piece of land in every single U.S. state. How did I do it? Was it through years of hard work? Or risky stock market plays that earned me millions overnight? Nope, none of those. I’m still just as broke as I’ve ever been.

Oh, did I forget to mention that each bit of land really is just a bit of land? Sorry to disappoint, but the land I own only amounts to 50 total square inches. But the good news is that those little chunks of dirt cost me absolutely nothing. In fact, there’s still plenty more to go around, and you can pick up a one square inch piece of land in any or all states for yourself just by visiting Own A Piece of America.

Okay, so it’s really just for fun, but the website seems to insist that you actually take possession of that microscopic crumb of earth simply by filling out a form with your name and e-mail address. There’s even the option of purchasing an official-looking deed for as little as $2.95 (or up to $50 for fancier versions). I did a little research and it looks like the operation is totally legit. A company called American Acres, Inc., bought about an acre of land in every state and is subdividing it to anybody who wants a piece.

But don’t start dreaming of living in a little Monopoly playing-piece-sized house on your one square inch of land just yet. Under the terms of the land’s covenant, you’re not actually allowed to improve the land, nor can you resell it, occupy it, or prevent access to it. Fortunately, you don’t need to pay the roughly $0.000003 annual property tax your land will incur.

So go get your itty-bitty morsel of America today, and don’t let me catch you trespassing on even an inch of my property… ’cause that’s all I have!

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