The 10,000 Year Clock

If you were worth more than $23 billion, what would you do for fun? According to Jeff Bezos, the founder, chairman and CEO of Amazon, the answer is basically throw money at anything that interests you. I actually really identify with this, because as a kid I had a wealth of Legos and basically built whatever cool thing I could imagine. Bezos does the same thing – only with bricks of cash instead of plastic. He has already invested in a handful of futuristic energy projects (think fusion and green oil) and even announced this morning that his team had recovered the rocket boosters used in the Apollo 11 mission from the ocean floor. However, his most interesting and unusual project to date maybe the construction of a giant clock inside of a mountain in West Texas

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Norton I, Emperor of the United States

On September 17th, 1859, several newspapers in the San Francisco Bay area received letters from a man named Joshua Norton. Enclosed was a declaration that he, at the request of a large majority of the citizens of the United States, was declaring himself to be Norton I, Emperor of the United States. In fact, he was just an ordinary man determined to become something more bold than anything he had ever known. In the process, he became undoubtedly the coolest homeless person ever.

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The Legendary Legend of Kim Jong Il

We have all heard of the reclusive North Korean leader. We all know he was a little nuts…and a little lonely. But did you know that he invented the hamburger?

It turns out he was basically the most amazing human that ever lived…at least according to North Korean state-run media. In fact, all of the legendary facts below were either spoken or written at some point by official government sources.

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Successful Failures – Steve Jobs

This is part three of a series by *AT* contributor Emily Thomas. When we think about people whose lives we would like to closely emulate, more often than not we think of people who have accomplished great things and led successful lives. However, not everyone who is on top has experienced success after success, and some of the most memorable people in history have faced great obstacles to reach their full potential. Not only is this list informative, but it serves as a great self-esteem booster for any time you are feeling as though you can’t strive to become the next Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan, or Steve Jobs.

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The $1 Trillion Coin

In another startling display of unconventional citizen action, a new petition has been started on We the People, a site that is quickly becoming one of our favorites here at *AT*. Unlike the past petitions we have covered though, this one actually seeks to solve a real problem – and that problem is the debt ceiling. Solution? Have the US Treasury Department mint a coin worth $1 trillion. *Sigh*…I’m no economist, so this one will take a while to pick through folks.

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12 Days of Christmas: Look Mommy, a White Elephant!….

It cannot be overstated how much we at Abraham Thinkin’ love Christmas. Truly, any superlative to describe a person’s enthusiasm is applicable to our Christmas Spirit, and it probably still falls short of effectively capturing the level of our Holiday Cheer. As we all know by now, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is to sing loud for all to hear. Fortunately for you all, we cannot sing Christmas Carols to you through the computer, so instead, we are going to do what we think is the next best thing. Every day between now and Christmas Day, we will post something related to Christmas, including Christmas Traditions, Stories of Christmas Lore; some of Abe’s Christmas Faves, and much much more.

It’s fun. It’s competitive. And everyone ends up with a great gift…well, almost everyone. What do I speak of, you ask? Why, only one of the finest holiday traditions around! So on this, the Sixth Day of Christmas, we would like to share some history, etiquette, and strategies behind the wonderful world of the White Elephant.

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The Wealthiest US Presidents – George Washington

This is the fifth and final installation of our five part series on the wealthiest presidents. Somewhat unsurprisingly, this list includes what many scholars agree are the best presidents in United States history, with J.F.K. being regarded as the worst of the group. All of these men accumulated their wealth in different manners; while some amassed a good portion of their wealth through inheritance, others were self-made men. The important common theme between all of these great men, though, was their enterprising nature. This carried over into all aspects of their lives and is undoubtedly part of what made them all such great leaders of this country. For any finance readers, this is also a fairly impressive referendum on the power of the time-value of money.

Spoiler Alert – There was a lot of money in cash crops…

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