Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Man, economics is tough to figure out.
At the time I was gonna post this article (sometime yesterday) Marcus Crassus was the richest person to have ever lived, with an estimated modern value of his wealth at 7 TRILLION dollars. Some weird numbers have crunched, and he's now at Number 8, with a modern value of 181 billion dollars. What's weird is that it's the same 10 people for the most part, but their positions keep shifting, based on equations that sound like complete gibberish to me (I didn't realize the value of Roman Sesterces were still taken into account in modern economic formulae).
Anyway, I just figured that with these shaky economic times, it would be fun to take a look at the 10 people who have made, for lack of a better word, a straight-up stupid amount of money. As in, Bill Gates' entire net worth is less than 1/3 of the net worth of NUMBER 10.
Not that all of these individuals were allowed to enjoy their successes. One of the top 10 was the ill-fated Czar Nicolas II, who was executed by the Bolsheviks. For some reason, it surprises me that only one other of the top 10 was drug out and killed; that being our previously mentioned friend Marcus Crassus.
Legend has it that he was captured by the Parthinians (modern-day Iranians) and had molten silver poured down his throat to "soothe his thirst for wealth"...
Remember, though... this dude was the bad guy in "Spartacus", not just in film, but in real life too.
Hope I can do this without ruining the plot of Strong Bad Email 200, but if you want to check out Homestar Runner Email 49 and 24, the links to the Easter Eggs (which aren't linked to, you have to find) are included in this sentence.
Well hey, if you haven't noticed, we've got a new contributor. Hey Chad, welcome aboard!
Also wanted to provide a link to my new, improved 23 site! I think I've compiled a monstrous amount of the lesser obvious 23 instances in history and popular culture.
I'd love it if anyone that has an instance I missed to post it in the comments section. Thanx!
In the wake of all these cryptozoology supernatural hoaxes, comes a real story. Within 10 minutes, 3,000 trees in Nepal just fell over. The weather was fine and as of right now they do not know what happened. Locals beleve it's ghosts....check out the story by clicking on the title of this post!
My favorite Synthesizer EVER!
Admin Note: I've included below the rest of the demo, which demonstrates more complicated techniques. =)