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30 million in 30 days

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Frank, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Frank

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    I just re-watched Brewster's Millions (if you haven't seen it, watch it now, it's streaming on Netflix) and was wondering what I would do in that situation. To inherit his fortune he has to spend $30 million in 30 days and have no assets at the end of the challenge. There are other stipulations like only a certain percentage can be donated, anyone he pays has to offer a service, he can't just give his friends money etc.

    Clearly the biggest obstacle is the fact that he can't tell any of his friends about the challenge. I think I would spend the first few days recklessly wasting money with friends and family, hiring friends to do random shit and paying them obscene amounts of money for it. Then hop a flight to another state as soon as they start saying I'm an idiot for blowing all this money and waste it on people I don't know that wouldn't care.

    Some of the other ways I would try to spend the money

    1.) Rent out entire hotels
    2.) Buy the most expensive scotch I can find
    3.) Try to rent an entire ski mountain and/or amusement park for a week
    4.) Hire a comedian to follow me around make fun of people for my amusement
    5.) Go into outer space
    6.) Hire the best chef in the world to follow me around, not just to cook for me, but recommend food and wine pairings at expensive restaurants

    Focus: How would you try to blow $30 million in 30 days?
     
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    Don't forget inflation. I went to an online inflation calculator. 30 million in 1985 equals $59,023,704.08 in 2009.

    Spending 60 million in a month is, obviously, harder than 30 million.

    Focus: I would need to take some time to research this but the first thing I would look for a place in the world that has the densest concentration of ways for me to spend my money without a lot of travel. On this kind of a time limit, where I have to spend 2 million dollars a day, travel time is eating into my ability to spend money. Particularly if going by airplane. While internet connections and skyphones would help, I'd be better able to spend more money if I'm on location with a lot of people and with assistants.

    So, let's say I've picked Vegas or some European or Malaysian sinfest. Hire some temp employees, butlers, drivers, secretaries, etc. Anything I can think of that I can outsource. I need people I can say "arrange for X" who will then promptly do it.

    Then it's all strip clubs, tons of gambling, late night clubs and parties. Renting out hotel floors, penthouses, etc. Buying roomfuls of people drinks and the like. Basically all those daydreams about fun stuff to do if you were rich.

    Two chicks at once, that sounds like something you could get for 60 million in 30 days.
     
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    If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times "Midget vs. Monkey knife-fighting private island" (rented of course) That plus the booze should do it.
     
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    Why not just lay around with a passel of the worlds hottest hookers and strippers covering and cleaning their erogenous areas with whip cream and wide licks while eating fresh strawberries out of their sphincters?
     
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    I remember one of the rules was you could only spend 5% on Gambling and 5% on Charity. That would make it a lot tougher.

    I would do a lot of what Brewster did like rent out a fleet of limos and hire my friends to do some kind of task for money. Then I think I would buy crates of expensive wine and liquor and through a huge party for all my friends. I would pay celebrities to come to my party, assuming they would be expensive that is. Also rent out the most expensive hotel, restaurants and maybe the raiders and their football stadium.

    Here are some others

    Rent private jets

    Rent a fleet of yachts and use them like pirate ships (against my friends yachts of course) plus if they sink I would have to by the company new ones.

    Rent a fleet of Ferrari's

    Expensive escorts

    I like the idea of scheduling my own UFC fights, then I can see the matches I want played out.

    Ill think of more later.
     
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    The thought of these two things cracks me up. You know there's no way you'd try and blow 60 Million in 30 days without your best friends around. So, it would be a collection of "toppers."

    You: Watch this. I can get that chick to lick chocolate off that other chick's tits, in front of that fraternity house, for $5000.
    Buddy: See if you can get her to do two chicks for $10,000. In a Baptist church. On Sunday morning.
    Other Buddy: Yeah, yeah! While wearing a sombrero, riding a horse, shoving a dildo in her ass, flapping her arms like a chicken and screaming the British are coming! The British are coming! for $15,000.

    And, then it would start to get ridiculous.
     
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    Beat the shit out of Regis Philbin then settle out of court for $30 million. Win-win for me.
     
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    I would charter an Airbus A380 around the world as I pleased. I'd fly to the world's most expensive cities and rent out presidential suites. I'd go into high-roller bars and buy rounds of Mo' and Cris'. I would make it rain and pay the clean-up bill. I'd do what they did in Goodfellas and tip the doorman a 20 just for holding the door. And then to polish off the extra few million dollars, go to a few auctions and buy some obscenely expensive bottles of wine.

    If any of the staff complained, I'd pull a Bruce Wayne and just buy the fucking things. In fact, that would be the smarter thing to do - that way the money can keep on coming back.

    Alternatively, I would approach a prestigious university faculty and offer them the $30 million in exchange for naming the faculty after whatever I want. I'd like to see which ones would accept the offer.
     
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    Build me a recording studio.

    Really, how is this a difficult thing to do? "Oh I'm just sooo sickkk of having allll of these new thingssssss."
     
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    How is this difficult?? Live like a fucking Arab prince for 29 days then whatever you have left, blow on cars and/or real estate.
     
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    Yeah, but the point is to not have any assets at the end of the 30 days.

    Focus:

    Buy $30 million worth of BP stock.
     
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    Money Cannon. One blast every hour on the hour. Every man for himself, and you keep what you catch.

    Why is there a huge pile of crowbars just sitting there? Why are they all greased with butter? Did you mix in pepper spray with the cash? What smells like pee? No time for questions. Here comes the Money Cannon.

    Money Cannon. It's money from a cannon.
     
  13. Mantis Toboggan M.D.

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    Doh, glossed over that part.

    Still an easy cop-out way to blow whatever cash you have leftover, though--buy a bunch of shit with whatever money you have left over on day 29 and then destroy it. Do it in such a way (blowing up cars, etc.) that you can claim you're paying for the entertainment value.
     
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    For $60 million, I'd pay Isiah Thomas to stay far, far, FAR away from Madison Square Garden for the rest of his life.
     
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    I would think a free Concert for whatever town I am living in would do the trick. I would just offer whatever amount it takes to get whomever I want to drop whatever else they are doing to show up and play. I think $30,000,000 for Roger Waters, David Gilmore and Nick Mason to reform Pink Floyd for one night might work.
     
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    Or you could just buy the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Or, Cleveland.
     
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    You guys obviously aren't clued into Chicago politics. We're actually pretty good at this.

    I'd have all my relatives incorporate and provide me with inflated or even non-existent goods and services. They'd all then make campaign donations to my re-election campaign, which I'd use to fund my legal defense.

    Obviously, that's a joke. This is not a joke-- from the Sun Times, regarding the sentencing of Edward Vrdolyak. At the time of his sentencing, he had to disclose all of his income:

    Keep in mind-- at no time was there ever any indication that this guy did any work on any tobacco litigation. This is a pure pay off to "a guy who knows a guy." The State of Illinois has since borrowed money on its future "income streams" from the tobacco settlements.
     
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    60 mil...
    Vegas. Accomodation, Transport, Intoxicants, Medical emergency response team, Entertainers, Venue rental for parties for myself and 50 of my closest friends - I could blow through a hundred million in a month without gambling or giving a dime to charity.

    I could burn 20 mil getting everyone there and getting the acomodation sorted.

    I think all of my friends would want to join the Zero Gravity Mile High Club - and it's 5k a person to just do the Zero Grav experience. Each of my friends, plus their partner/s, their partner/s hourly rates as applicable and the extra cost of getting the crew to let you fuck in that thing, and getting them to bring their shit from Cape Canavaral to Vegas for the month would account for a couple mil.

    I always wanted to fuck the cast of Cirque du Soleil - Zumanity - that can't be cheap.

    There's a lot of adult entertainers who I know my friends would like to keep on retainer for a month... Their xanax and cocaine bill alone would be fairly hefty.

    Mike tyson is hard up for cash, and I always wanted to know what would happen if he fought a gorilla.

    I don't actually want to fuck Paris Hilton myself - but it would entertain me to find out just how much it would take for her to fuck a hobo.

    I'd love to settle the argument of what would happen to an MMA fighter against a legit heavyweight boxing champion in a boxing ring, and could a pure boxer actually survive the first round in an octagon? We'd probably need to hire the Mythbusters to get 9 or 10 of the best in the world from both sports to settle the argument.

    I'd like to see Mythbusters and Top Gear do a joint episode - I'm not sure how much it would cost to make that happen - but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be a cheap exercise.

    As a nod to the movie, I'd probably use some really expensive collector stamps to send a bunch of mail to the friends and family I didn't invite to Vegas.

    Do Tattoo's count as assets? I want some new ones, and my wife wants to molest that chick from Miami Ink...

    I'm really not seeing a problem spending the money.
     
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    If the $300m prize were on the line, this would be a simple business decision. Hire 10 people, pay them each $100,000 to spend $3m in one month (a pretty manageable task). My job would be to manage them on a day-to-day basis to make sure they are meeting their quotas and not running off with the money. Possibly, they could each also hire a team of people (salaries coming out of their $3m budget) to help them spend the money.

    That, or finish what Snoop never had the balls to finish.
     
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    Finance I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell: Part 2

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