Saturday, February 17, 2007

Street name sale

A cash-strapped Hungarian village is offering the chance of immortality to anyone willing to pay to have a street named after them and it is hoping world famous celebrities apply.

The north-east village of Ivad is charging around 100,000 forints ($649) per metre to name its eight streets and guarantees on its website the name will not be altered for 300 years.

"If, for example Barbra Streisand, whom I like a lot, has no street named after her, she may decide to have one in our village," Ivad mayor Gabor Ivady said, where most of the 400-strong population are related.

However, people keen to visit the street named after them will be disappointed as Hungarian law dictates roads cannot be named after the living.

Instead they will have to rely on a contract guaranteeing the name change will take posthumously.

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