Landlords have dibs on meteorites

Photo courtesy of
‘Ocean Meteor’
courtesy of ‘the_tahoe_guy’

Consider yourself warned: just because a meteor screams through your office and narrowly misses giving you a new brain piercing doesn’t mean you’ll get to keep it.

That’s the assertion of the property owners who lease an office to the two doctors who almost got beaned in Lorton not long ago. The doctors had planned to donate the meteorite to the Smithsonian in exchange for a courtesy honorarium. In fact, the Smithsonian already has it in their hot little mitts.

Deniz and Erol Mutlu, however, have other plans. They say that established case law makes them the owners of the meteorite.

The lawyers have now gotten involved, so you can be sure everything will all work out cleanly and cheaply now.

Well I used to say something in my profile about not quite being a “tinker, tailor, soldier, or spy” but Tom stole that for our about us page, so I guess I’ll have to find another way to express that I am a man of many interests.

Hmm, guess I just did.

My tastes run the gamut from sophomoric to Shakespeare and in my “professional” life I’ve sold things, served beer, written software, and carried heavy objects… sometimes at the same place. It’s that range of loves and activities that makes it so easy for me to love DC – we’ve got it all.


2 thoughts on “Landlords have dibs on meteorites

  1. The doctors had planned to donate the 5000 dollars they were to receive to the Haiti earthquake appeal.

  2. Yeah, that’s mentioned in the linked WaPo article. I didn’t want to repeat everything in it, lest I be one of those vultures Rupert Murdoch says all we bloggers are….