Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Most of us insure our cars, our homes, lives and personal possessions without a minute’s thought. Some people, however, have eclectic needs and ask to insure the strangest of things...Despite the chances of aliens invading being as remote as Lord Lucan riding Shergar past the winning post at next year’s Grand National, some people feel worried enough to insure against the risk. In the States (where else?), it is possible to insure against little green men whisking you away with a potential payout in the region of £12 million should the worst happen. May the force be with you!
The Blues, as far as footballing analogies goes, is not just confined to the boys of Chelsea. It also relates to the misery suffered by some when opponent teams win the glory of a hard-fought match.The Scottish are passionate about their footie and their rivalry with England goes deep. So much so that a group of Scottish fans have clubbed together and insured their mental health for £1 million should England do the unimaginable and win next year’s World Cup.
Protection from Nessie
The existence of the Loch Ness Monster has been an enigma over time that has become ingrained in Scottish folklore. In 2005, a bunch of triathletes were due to take part in an event where the swimming leg of the race involved a dip in Loch Ness.Fearful of getting eaten alive by a dirty green monster, they sought cover from a kindly insurance firm who must have laughed all the way to the bank as they took their money. Naturally, there was no payout.
A Magical Pumpkin
A Woman's Virginity
Three women who had carefully preserved their virginity until their fifties felt it necessary to insure their chastity. Not against any old Tom, Dick or Harry - no, against the Immaculate Conception. The deal was that should any of them get pregnant by this ethereal method, they would each receive £1 million. Bizarrely, there are around 100 similar policies in force around the world.