Thought for the day

"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin

Reginald Vanderbilt

Cornelius Vanderbilt earned a huge fortune as a shipping and railroad magnate during the Gilded Age, and the Vanderbilt family built several huge, impressive mansions along New York City's Fifth Avenue. After his death in 1877, Vanderbilt's fortune was valued at $100 million, which at the time was the largest of the U.S. dollars. The amount of funds in the Treasury was exceeded. Vanderbilt's grandson, Reginald, received a $15.5 million trust fund on his 21st birthday and celebrated the same night by gambling $70,000.

 

In addition to his gambling addiction, Reginald was a heavy drinker. When he was 42, his doctors warned him to quit drinking, but instead, he married a beautiful 17-year-old socialite named Gloria Morgan. Their daughter, Gloria Vanderbilt, was just 18 months old when her father died of liver cirrhosis in 1925. Her teenage widow was stunned to learn that her husband had squandered her entire inheritance, leaving her impoverished, but the youngest Vanderbilt had a trust fund, and the family lived with her until the girl turned 21. could be of interest.