The President of Molossia on how to run a micronation

by Vanessa Yurkevich

The best thing about starting your own micronation: You get to make up the rules.

And in Molossia, the rule-making comes from the President, His Excellency, Kevin Baugh.

It cost Baugh just $10,000 to build Molossia, which sits on 1.3 acres about an hour outside of Reno, Nevada. It’s a tourist attraction with its own bank (with its own currency that you buy with U.S. dollars) and general store.

It’s kind of a joke, but also kind of real.

There are about 200 so-called micronations in the world, though they are recognized only by other other micronations, not any other country. There’s no official designation, just a collection of others that deem you legitimate.

The 22 human “citizens” of Molossia — all family members — are Americans first and foremost, including at tax time. (There are also 6 canine citizens.)

Still, when you live in Molossia, the rules are real.

Rule your country, your way

Molossia is a dictatorship, but according to Baugh, it’s important to be an honest dictator.

“I kind of rule with an iron fist. Not really, actually. I’m kind of a nice dictator. Velvet glove,” Baugh said.

He said he often consults with the First Lady of Molossia (his wife, Adrianne), and the Chief Constable (his 11-year old daughter, Alexis). But in the end, what he says goes.

Enact some fun laws

The following items are not allowed in Molossia: Spinach, tobacco, torpedoes, playing processional instruments in the bathroom, and catfish.

“Catfish are banned because we were going to be in a magazine called FHM which is kind of like Maxim magazine,” said Baugh. “They were going to publish an article about Molossia and instead they bumped it for an article about guys that catch catfish with their hands.”

Dress to impress

It’s important to look the part. Baugh is always in black pants, a naval jacket adorned with medals, sunglasses, and an official hat.

He wears this official uniform when he has visitors and also when he travels on behalf of Molossia.

“You will gain respect from your peers and gain greater standing in the micronational world.”

Have a national food

Molossia’s national food is cookie dough. The national delicacy is honored at Cookie Dough Fest, where “Molossians eat copious amounts of cookie dough and watch (usually bad) scary movies.”

Celebrate your country

The Republic of Molossia has 25 holidays. There’s Jack Day on February 4, in honor of the former First Dog.

And, of course, no micronation would be complete without President’s day. “It’s actually celebrated as many times as possible during July, culminating with a trip to the Olive Garden, on or about July 30th.” That’s His Excellency’s birthday.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/09/03/news/how-to-run-a-micronation/

Octomom Nadya Suleman nominated for porn awards

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The Octomom is nominated for four porn awards.

Nadya Suleman, who rose to fame in 2009 when she gave birth to octuplets via in-vitro fertilization (IVF), has netted herself four AVN Awards for her adult film, Octomom Home Alone.

The movie’s premise is that Suleman, enjoying some time away from her brood of 14 youngsters, engages in some X-rated, lingerie-clad “me” time.

She’ll head to Las Vegas for the Adult Entertainment Expo, Jan. 17-19, where she hopes to do her huge family proud by coming home with awards for Best Celebrity Sex Tape, Best Solo Release, Best DVD Extras and Best Marketing Campaign.

“Our nominees should be congratulated and recognized for a job well done,” AVN managing editor Steve Javors said.

The doctor who helped single-mom Suleman conceive her octuplets was later sacked from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

The group recommends no more than two embryos for women under 35.

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2012/12/03/20402911.html

$7 Million in gold discovered in home of deceased recluse

Authorities in Carson City recently made an astounding discovery in the home of a local recluse whose body was found in his residence. Walter Samaszko Jr. had left only $200 in his bank account. But hidden throughout the house were other treasures – including gold bars and coins valued at $7 million.

“You never anticipate running into anything like this,” Carson City Clerk-Recorder Alan Glover told the Los Angeles Times. “It was a run-of-the-mill 1,200-square-foot tract home that still had orange shag carpet. This guy was everybody’s next-door neighbor.”

Samaszko, 69, was described by officials as a loner who went about his business and had few friends. He had been dead at least a month when neighbors called authorities. The victim, who suffered from heart trouble, had lived in the house since the 1960s, and his mother lived with him until her death in 1992.

Glover, who also serves as the local public administrator, was tasked with dealing with the effects of a man who had left no will and had no known living relatives. But during the home cleanup, workers struck gold.

“He was a hoarder – there was everything inside that home you could think of,” Glover said. “The workers found a crawl space from the garage. That led to everything else.

“He was apparently buying gold from a local coin dealer. We found it in sealed boxes marked ‘books.’ We also found gold wrapped in tinfoil stored in ammunition boxes,” Glover told The Times. “There was just more and more. We found a family silver set with rolls of U.S. $20s and Mexican five peso coins.”

The gold coins had been minted as early as the 1840s in such countries as Mexico, England, Austria and South Africa, he said.

Based on just the weight of the gold, Glover estimates the value at $7 million. Because some of the coins appear to be collector items, the value could go much higher, he said.

Officials eventually used a metal detector to search the backyard to make sure they had left no coin uncovered. Samaszko also had stock accounts of more than $165,000 and another $12,000 in cash at the house.

Then came the task of finding relatives. Investigators used list of people who attended Samaszko’s mother’s funeral to track down a first cousin who lives in San Rafael, Calif.

“This will be good for her,” Glover said. “She’s a substitute school teacher who lives in an apartment.”

He said the deceased remains an enigma. “He didn’t socialize. He wasn’t exactly a hermit – he shopped for groceries and talked with at least one elderly neighbor. In his garage was a 1968 Mustang he bought new.”

“He didn’t belong to anything. He just went his own way, with all that gold.”

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-carson-city-gold-20120917,0,5763811.story

Couples can soon get married at Denny’s in Las Vegas

A new Denny’s planned for downtown Vegas will include a wedding chapel, photo  booth, and flapjack “wedding cakes.”

Denny’s CEO John Miller told the Associated Press that the restaurant/knot spot will be open 24 hours.

Thanks to the future Dr. Goldman for bringing this to the attention of the It’s Interesting community.