captains log

Stardate — 248630.42
We’ve entered a new solar system. The planets we’re exploring rotate around a star named Ethel Fragmeyer.

Apparently, in the early 21st century, Ethel’s husband, Frank was looking for a gift for a holiday the people of that time celebrated called Valentine’s Day. He heard a hokey commericial, called the number, and paid the outlandish sum of $144.95 plus shipping and handling to have this star named after her.

Frank slept on the couch that night. And he and Ethel split up soon afterwards. If only they could have seen this day.

Signing off…

UPDATE: My favorite question from the Star Registry’s FAQ
Q — Am I buying the star?
A — No. We do not own the star, so we cannot sell it to you. This is like adopting the star. This star is associated with that special someone. It is something you can point at to know that there is something special out there for you.

Chris Houchens is a marketing raconteur & writer. Connect with him on Twitter or Facebook.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Someone bought my ex-wife and I a pair of stars (rotating around each other) for our wedding years ago. These “adopted” stars, named after us, rotate slowly in mortal hatred of one another billions of miles away from the earth. Funny how they are much more symbolic since our divorce than they were when we were married…