Saturday, April 18, 2015
The World's Most Expensive Things
The World's Most Expensive Things
a cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
The following is the opinion of a cranky old man with limited knowledge on the subject opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, but are wrong. Please. As always, no name calling, and that means you, you big stupid head!
I received an interesting email today from my good friend and ancient fraternity brother Marty. It is a list of as the title would imply “The World’s Most Expensive Things.”
Some of the things on the list are interesting and many may even be understandable.
The International Space Station is the most expensive object ever made by man. Cost: $150 billion
This seems like a lot of money, but great inventions and discoveries have always come from exploration, and man’s curiosity should not be stifled by money.
The most expensive book in the world is the Codex Leicester of Leonardo da Vinci, a book of scientific writings. Price: $30.8 million
An awful lot of money, but how do you put a price on history and genius?
The most expensive watch in the world is the A. Lange Sohne Grand Complication. This immensely precise and complicated (876 hand wrought parts, 7 complications and 14 functions) watch can only be made by one man, and it takes him a whole year to make one. Price: $2.5 million dollars.
Crazy? Well that is a lot of money to just know what time it is, but this is clearly also art and craftsmanship. How do you put a value on art?
The most expensive private jet in the world is the Airbus 318 Elite. Price: $ 62 million (gas money extra).
I’m having trouble rationalizing this one, but if you have the dough, are really important, and need the security and luxury because your time and comfort are so valuable then maybe…like if you are President of the United States, or CEO of a major corporation, or a really good golfer.
The most expensive computer in the world is the Milky Way 28243 Supercomputer in Guangzho, China. It would cost $400 million to recreate
I guess this could be rationalized as expanding science and man’s knowledge, but if they just waited six months it could probably be bought for $500 and be worn on your wrist.
The most expensive viola in the world, the Stradivarius MacDonald Viola, made in 1719 and one of only 10 surviving violas made by the famous master, Luthier. Recently sold for $45 million.
History…art…I guess, but we are starting to get silly here.
The most expensive photograph ever sold was this deceptively plain photo of the Rhein II, created by German artist Andreas Gursky. Price: $4.3 million.
Ummm…please don’t tell the person who bought this that the Emperor is naked.
The most expensive champagne in the world is the Gout de Diamants Champagne. Price: $ 1.2 million. However, it is not merely the liquid that makes it so expensive: the bottle itself has an 18 carat white gold plate with a 19 carat diamond mounted on it.
The most expensive mushroom in the world, an Italian White Alba truffle. Price: $160,406 (for 1.51 kg)
The most expensive Cognac in the world is Henry IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne. Price: $2 million (ie approximately $50,000 per sip).
The most expensive beer in the world is the Antarctic Nail Ale. Price: $1,815 per bottle
Well now we have just “jumped the shark.” These items simply scream “I am rich and stupid.” They make a statement. The statement is I am able to flush money down the toilet for no other reason than to impress you with how stupid wealthy I am.
Now I do not believe in socialism. If you earn a lot of money you should be able to do with it what you want (after taxes and stuff), but you should know that most people will judge you on how you choose to use that wealth.
It might be nice to invest some money in someone’s idea, someone who might be able to make the world a better place if given a little financial help. If the idea fails, what have we lost…a fucking truffle?
It might be nice to send some disadvantaged kids to college. So maybe you have to step down a notch in your champagne; I’ll bet Cristal will taste just fine, and it will still get you laid.
How about skipping a few sips of that cognac and build a couple of homeless shelters instead.
And maybe, just maybe you could stoop to a Miller High Life to quench your thirst and also feed a bunch of people that are really hungry instead of cracking open an eighteen hundred dollar bottle of beer.
Hey, it’s your money, use it how you want, but the only people you are impressing are assholes, and that does not put you in exclusive company.
The preceding was the opinion of a cranky old man, and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.