“There is no sin except stupidity.” – Oscar Wilde
There aren’t many people who enjoy flying. Sure, people love going on vacation. They like the thrill of knowing they are going somewhere new and exotic or maybe going back someplace they’ve been a hundred times – like home for the holidays.
Some people even like the sensation of being way up in the sky amidst the clouds, looking down over a sea of little specs of homes and buildings.
But even that excitement only last for so long before you’re frustrated that your seat won’t recline, the internet you paid $15 for keeps going out and the guy next to you is snoring in your ear. Then, there is that one guy sitting in 32F who brought gnarly smelling food and the lady in 51C whose baby won’t stop crying.
Let’s face it – flying can suck and most airlines know it, particularly the ones that take you on international flights. This is why so much research and money has been dedicated to perfecting the art of long-distance flying.
If you’ve traveled internationally lately, you may have noticed some of these trends, and no, they aren’t coincidental.
What would you do with 50 million dollars? Travel the world for a few years? Build a few mansions in different countries? Pay-off all your loans and bills, then invest the rest in stocks? Help dear old grandma payoff her mounting medical bills or pay-off the lien on your parents’ farm?
No. You would buy the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, that’s what you would do! Why? Because everyone needs a car in their garage that they can’t take out much for fear of depreciation. But man would it be worth having just to show off to your guests as they come over for dinner.
“Hey Bob, let me give you a tour of the house. Here is my wine cellar, here is my maid, Agatha, here is where I keep my trophy collection, oh and here is my 50 billion dollar car.”
Like seriously, what do you even do with that kind of car? Wouldn’t you completely dread driving it around in case someone hit it or dents it? I wonder what kind of insurance you have to have on a car like that?
In any case, some lucky guy right now is the new owner of the most expensive car in the world, and this is how he obtained it.
Get On My Level
WIRED has challenged IBM’s Dr. Talia Gershon (Senior Manager, Quantum Research) to explain quantum computing to 5 different people; a child, teen, a college student, a grad student and a professional.