Forget life insurance. We’re talking UFO abduction insurance
We’re all familiar with life insurance and home insurance, but did you know you can insure yourself against pretty much anything, as long as you’re willing to pay of course. Why not sit back and read for yourself some of the most unusual policies out there.
1. UFO abduction insurance
If you live in fear of being beamed up by aliens, who are you going to call? Lloyds of London of course. They claim to have around 20,000 insurance policies covering UFO or alien abduction. Just be warned: you’d need to take a lie detector test and have a third party witness to get your payout.
2. Fantasy sports insurance
You might think playing the manager of a fantasy football team is a bit of fun, but for some it’s clearly serious business. There are insurance policies available that reimburse ‘managers’ if one of their key players is injured for a set number of games. Fantastical!
3. Falling coconuts
Believe it or not, falling coconuts cause about 150 deaths each year. In 1984, a UK travel company insured their guests against injuries caused by falling coconuts. One customer who received a coconut conk on the head in Sri-Lanka actually received an insurance pay out - and lived to tell the tale.
4. Ghost insurance
It’s possible to insure yourself against haunting and even ghostly happenings. One English hotel owner took out insurance after being convinced he saw a ghost at his bar. The policy would pay out a whopping £1million if a customer were unlucky enough to be killed or disabled by the spooky spectre.
5. Lottery winners' insurance
Sadly not insurance that pays out when you don’t win the lottery. It’s actually insurance designed to protect the bosses who get left in the lurch. This policy covers the cost of hiring temps and training new employees if the office lottery syndicate just so happens to scoop the jackpot and all do a moonlight flit to paradise.
6. Body part insurance
Celebrities’ insuring their prized body parts isn’t a new thing. Back in the 40s, Bette Davis insured her waistline against expansion. Today, Dolly Parton has each breast insured for a rather fulsome $300,000 and Tom Jones has his trademark chest hair insured against thinning.
7. Immaculate conception insurance
In 2006, three sisters in Scotland had insurance to cover the costs if they were to give birth to the second incarnation of Jesus Christ. In 1999, Lloyds also insured a woman named Mary Murphy against a virgin birth triggered by the arrival of the Millennium.
8. Sports fan insurance
Worried your beloved footy team might let you down? There’s a policy for that. In 2006 an English football fan took out insurance to cover him for any “severe trauma” caused if England went out of the World Cup in the early rounds. The boys made it to the quarter-finals, so no pay out was made but probably wise to renew this policy every four years!
9. Cold feet insurance
Weddings insurance is nothing new but in the States one company includes "change of heart" cover should the bride or groom do a runner. Counselling for a broken heart is an optional extra. A successful claim could be tricky though, seeing as the jilting must be done 180 days in advance of the wedding, so last minute wobbles are excluded.
10. Werewolf or vampire attack insurance
Panic not. You can cover yourself against attacks from hairy wolves and bloodsucking beings. Once again Lloyds of London steps into the breach, offering policies for all such eventualities, even a zombie apocalypse.
However bizarre these insurance policies are, someone somewhere gets peace of mind from being covered. You may not feel the need to insure your fabulous pins or protect yourself against zombies, but if you’re thinking about life insurance, you could read our article Life insurance explained and 10 reasons to take out life insurance.