For most of their lives, celebrities are taught they can own things normal people can't -- jets, exotic pets, dinosaur skulls, etc. They're used to getting their way, but sometimes they take that mentality too far. Some celebs think that because they once said, wrote, or even just thought of a word, they have the right to own it. That and fleets of fancy lawyers have made it so that celebrities are slowly starting to buy up the dictionary like it's a bunch of newly discovered islands. Here are some of the most egregious examples.
Donald Trump Owns Central Park's Name -- And He Doesn't Know How To Profit From It
Donald Trump is, if nothing else, a ridiculous idiot. His wealth-to-business-acumen ratio puts him in the same category as Powerball winners and people who get run over by the crown prince of Dubai. He even had to file bankruptcy on a casino, despite the fact that losing money running a casino is almost statistically impossible to do. But all that said, he did once make a rather safe and foolproof investment. He simply hasn't figured out what to do with it yet.
Donald Trump owns "Central Park" -- that is, the actual name of New York City's famous green rectangle. In 1991, Trump personally was able to file for the trademark without any fuss at all, and New York City and the Central Park Conservancy let it happen without a peep. Maybe they didn't notice, or maybe they didn't think a sentient bucket of thick swill would ever be clever enough to make any money from it anyway.
They would have been mostly right, too. From what he's done with the name so far, you'd think the U.S. president has never set foot in a park, not even the one he used to live right across from. He's been focusing his licensing rights on picking up scraps from things like keychain sales and tacky glassware, and he's considered making Central Park gun racks. It leaves us to wonder who on Earth associates guns, cars, and hot sand with a park. But his most expansive Central Park project has to be the dumbest of all: an unsuccessful furniture line named Trump Home Central Park. Because nothing says "luxury furniture" quite like a name associated with homeless people sleeping on pigeon-poop-covered benches.
"Trump Home Central Park: When we say our beds are urine-proofed, you better believe it."