Thursday, July 21, 2011

Things to Do When You Have So Much Money You've Run Out of Ways to Spent It - Write Your Name 2 Miles Long in the Sand So It Can be Seen from Space

Sometimes you just wish you had won the genetic pool.  If for no other reason, here is yet another story on why we need to become energy independent.  Sheesh.

Via Forbes blog

On a sandy island in Abu Dhabi Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan has inscribed what is in effect the biggest graffiti tag the world has ever seen. Hamad, 63, a scion of the billionaire Abu Dhabi royal family, has gouged his name in capital letters two miles across and half a mile wide.

His moniker is so big it can be seen from space (as this Google Earth pic demonstrates). The tip of the “H” reaches into the strait that leads to the Arabian Gulf, allowing Hamad to fill the first two letters of his name with water. The “M” looks partially filled as well.

Hamad has shown a penchant for excess in the past. He is said to own more than 200 cars, including seven Mercedes 500 SELs painted in the colors of the rainbow. Indeed the man known as the Rainbow Sheikh has even created the Emirates National Auto Museum, home to a custom-built globe-shaped motor home said to be one-millionth the size of the Earth itself. If he weren’t so rich, we’d call this guy an artist.

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