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(Examiner)   A diamond called "The Pink Star" was sold for a record-breaking $83 million in Geneva. All I can even think to say is that if I had $83 million, it would not be spent on a rock. Maybe lots of other stupid stuff, but not a rock   (examiner.com) divider line 43
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2013-11-14 11:18:06 AM
Or maybe lots of rocks in the form of buildings.
 
2013-11-14 11:20:09 AM
www.nerdlikeyou.com

THEY'RE MINERALS!
 
2013-11-14 11:20:39 AM
Dah duh-dah duh, dah-duh, dah duh-dy-duh-dy-duh...
www.jacquedee63.com
 
2013-11-14 11:20:59 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
i don't need no instructions to know how to rock!

/first thing i thought of.
 
2013-11-14 11:20:59 AM
Clearly this person has many times $83M so the money is meaningless. Must be nice. Jerk.
 
2013-11-14 11:21:27 AM
With all the big money being spent on auctions lately there is money out there somewhere.
Warhol paintings going for millions, race cars for millions and now a diamond ?
How you doin ?
 
2013-11-14 11:21:46 AM
It was a chocolate star before the bleaching.
 
2013-11-14 11:22:12 AM
www.speedhunters.com I'd be investing in carbon-fiber.
 
2013-11-14 11:24:54 AM
With regards to the super wealthy --- I know it's their money to spend and all, but it would be nice if we saw more philanthropy and charity and less conspicuous consumption.

For example (in the U.S.):  That $83 million could have supported about a dozen rural public schools for a decade.  Instead, it gets spent on a rock.
 
2013-11-14 11:24:59 AM

durbnpoisn: Clearly this person has many times $83M so the money is meaningless. Must be nice. Jerk.


Do you think the same way when someone has a nicer Honda than yours?

/work harder citizen
 
2013-11-14 11:26:43 AM
I'd do 166 chicks at the same time.
 
2013-11-14 11:29:05 AM

brobdiggy: With regards to the super wealthy --- I know it's their money to spend and all, but it would be nice if we saw more philanthropy and charity and less conspicuous consumption.

For example (in the U.S.):  That $83 million could have supported about a dozen rural public schools for a decade.  Instead, it gets spent on a rock.


Well not only that but it was De beers who dug it up.  Keeping the diamond monopoly going strong yay.
 
2013-11-14 11:29:06 AM

brobdiggy: With regards to the super wealthy --- I know it's their money to spend and all, but it would be nice if we saw more philanthropy and charity and less conspicuous consumption.

For example (in the U.S.):  That $83 million could have supported about a dozen rural public schools for a decade.  Instead, it gets spent on a rock.


Don't chastise the buyer, talk to the seller about spending that $83M on schools.
 
2013-11-14 11:30:27 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-14 11:30:43 AM

karmaceutical: It was a chocolate star before the bleaching.


In my best blue collar radio voice....

"Now that's farking funny right there.  I don't care who you are."
 
2013-11-14 11:30:44 AM

brobdiggy: With regards to the super wealthy --- I know it's their money to spend and all, but it would be nice if we saw more philanthropy and charity and less conspicuous consumption.

For example (in the U.S.):  That $83 million could have supported about a dozen rural public schools for a decade.  Instead, it gets spent on a rock.


Maybe the person who sold the rock is going to use the proceeds to fund schools. This transaction by itself didn't waste any money. It just went from one persons pocket to another's.
 
2013-11-14 11:31:07 AM

Catsaregreen: I'd do 166 chicks at the same time.


500k each? Lower your standards and do 830,000
 
2013-11-14 11:35:12 AM
Did you just say an $83 million rock???

www.boycottmag.com
 
2013-11-14 11:35:12 AM
Obviously you're not the mayor of Toronto.
 
2013-11-14 11:35:29 AM

brobdiggy: With regards to the super wealthy --- I know it's their money to spend and all, but it would be nice if we saw more philanthropy and charity and less conspicuous consumption.

For example (in the U.S.):  That $83 million could have supported about a dozen rural public schools for a decade.  Instead, it gets spent on a rock.


People are always most generous with other people's money.
 
2013-11-14 11:37:34 AM
If I give her an $83 million rock, she better be giving me the Pink Star.
 
2013-11-14 11:40:46 AM

Sgt Otter: If I give her an $83 million rock, she better be giving me the Pink Star.


It only cost Kobe a $4 mill diamond ring (and whatever he had to payout to the hospitality worker in Colorado).
 
2013-11-14 11:42:11 AM

brobdiggy: With regards to the super wealthy --- I know it's their money to spend and all, but it would be nice if we saw more philanthropy and charity and less conspicuous consumption.

For example (in the U.S.):  That $83 million could have supported about a dozen rural public schools for a decade.  Instead, it gets spent on a rock.


There are some who are. I like the idea of Buffett and Gates's Giving Pledge, even if a lot of them are in it for the ego boost. I know at least one of the more obscure signatories always figures out if there's some donation record she can break.
 
2013-11-14 11:44:43 AM

bongon247: karmaceutical: It was a chocolate star before the bleaching.

In my best blue collar radio voice....

"Now that's farking funny right there.  I don't care who you are."


Still, that's an expensive leather cheerio.
 
2013-11-14 11:45:32 AM
It will go nice with the buyers Andy Warhol painting
 
2013-11-14 11:58:06 AM
All I can even think to say is that if I had $83 million, it would not be spent on a rock. Maybe lots of other stupid stuff, but not a rock

cdn.airsoftsociety.com
 
2013-11-14 11:58:24 AM
Keep your rock, I'll take a Deathstar.

/I have enough scrap metal to cover that pesky port.
 
2013-11-14 12:06:48 PM
$83 million? I'd buy the Bow Fiddle Ranch in Centennial, WY
 
2013-11-14 12:07:18 PM
The type of people who spend 83 million on one diamond are the kind of people who have more money than they could ever spend if they lived 20 lifetimes.

I have nothing against rich people but I honestly don't get why they want to live these lavish lifestyles. Living in some mansion with more rooms then they could ever use and they live there by themselves, owning more cars then they could drive in a month, paying what a family of four would spend on a months groceries on a single meal, it's pointless. I wouldn't mind having more money than I do but I would never want to have that much.
 
2013-11-14 12:46:40 PM

durbnpoisn: Clearly this person has many times $83M so the money is meaningless. Must be nice. Jerk.


Came in here to post this... spending $83M on a rock means they have $83M sitting around to be spent on whims like this.

ReapTheChaos: I have nothing against rich people but I honestly don't get why they want to live these lavish lifestyles. Living in some mansion with more rooms then they could ever use and they live there by themselves, owning more cars then they could drive in a month, paying what a family of four would spend on a months groceries on a single meal, it's pointless. I wouldn't mind having more money than I do but I would never want to have that much.


Kinda this too - I'm surprised more of them don't spend the money on things that actually make big changes, for the pure power of it all. Though I guess maybe they already do, and this is just the leftovers again...
 
2013-11-14 01:00:49 PM
Dammit. I don't care what its rough weight was. I want to know its cut weight. Knowing its rough weight is like knowing what Subby's Mother weighed at graduation, useless.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Star_(diamond)

11.92 grams or 59.60 carats

There. Was that too much to do, silly journalist?

12 grams is about the weight of six pennies at 2.5 grams each, say five pennies and a dime.
 
2013-11-14 01:14:49 PM

brobdiggy: With regards to the super wealthy --- I know it's their money to spend and all, but it would be nice if we saw more philanthropy and charity and less conspicuous consumption.

For example (in the U.S.):  That $83 million could have supported about a dozen rural public schools for a decade.  Instead, it gets spent on a rock.


And now that money is out of the pocket of the guy who bought the rock, and in the pocket of the guy who sold it. It hasn't been destroyed. Maybe it will move to the pocket of a philanthropist.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-14 01:20:38 PM
If I were rich, these sales would just be an annoying remember that there's always something richer than you are.

Think about it. You have a lovely house ($25,000,000), a lovely wife (half of what you own), a lovely car ($8,000,000), and then some fecker goes and buys a 12 gram diamond that is worth more than everything you have. Or another fecker buys an Andy Warhol for $105,000,000. Or somebody steals the real Mona Lisa from whoever has it now without anybody even knowing.

You could be as rich as the Aga Khan or the Sultan of Brunei, and there would still be governments and billionaires richer than you.

There's no fecking ceiling on super-wealth. Even the richest man in the world is nothing compared to the spending power of a major nation state. You could be outbid on something by China or India, let alone the USA or the EU. Embarrassing.

Personally if I had $83,000,000 I would have a heck of a library, an entertainment room the size of a real grand old motion picture house from the hey day of movie-going to watch the movies that require a big screen, and a lot of other clutter.

On account of I is greedier than Daffy Duck.

Give me billions, I'd know how to spend them in ways that would infuriate my fellow super-rich.

There's a wonderful cartoon by a British cartoonists that shows J.D. Rockefeller pleased with himself at having put a penny in a  poor man's hat. The "poor" man is obviously a millionaire who has taken his top hat off to salute the billionaire. It's one of the most hilarious cartoons I have seen among many hundreds of thousands of great cartoons.

That would be me. Putting a penny in the "poor" man's hat. I won't say that I would be so crude as to spend a penny in a "poor" man's hat, but you have to admit the joke is rather aristocratic if vulgar.
 
2013-11-14 02:28:18 PM

ToastmasterGeneral: Did you just say an $83 million rock???

2013-11-14 11:35:12 AM

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Revenge of the Muttonstache: Obviously you're not the mayor of Toronto.

  2013-11-14 11:35:12 AM


Congrats to you two on that amazing simulpost!!!
 
2013-11-14 02:33:54 PM
$83 million. that will cover hookers and blow for a least 2 years.
 
2013-11-14 03:18:07 PM
All the rich dude did was exchange money for a rock which will appreciate more than the money because stupid.
 
2013-11-14 03:46:04 PM
For that kind of money you can hire a VERY sexy model to wear a silk leash attached to your ring finger all day every day and actually have someone to talk to.
 
2013-11-14 03:49:10 PM
Help I'm A Rock? You really want us to play that?
 
2013-11-14 04:07:22 PM

brobdiggy: For example (in the U.S.):  That $83 million could have supported about a dozen rural public schools for a decade.  Instead, it gets spent on a rock.


It's not like the money no longer exists, or that funding a dozen rural public schools for a decade was one of the available options turned down in favor of buying the diamond.
 
2013-11-14 05:05:50 PM

Cormee: Catsaregreen: I'd do 166 chicks at the same time.

500k each? Lower your standards and do 830,000


i'm pretty sure they were referencing office space, the movie.. where they were talking about.. what would you do if you had a million dollars.. 2 chicks at the same time..X 86..

oh well.. joke lost explaining it..LOL
 
2013-11-14 05:16:42 PM

kattana: Cormee: Catsaregreen: I'd do 166 chicks at the same time.

500k each? Lower your standards and do 830,000

i'm pretty sure they were referencing office space, the movie.. where they were talking about.. what would you do if you had a million dollars.. 2 chicks at the same time..X 86..

oh well.. joke lost explaining it..LOL


OK, haven't seen that. Forgive me.
 
2013-11-14 05:23:49 PM

prjindigo: For that kind of money you can hire a VERY sexy model to wear a silk leash attached to your ring finger all day every day and actually have someone to talk to.


If you are leashing a sexy woman to your finger to have someone to talk to, you might be missing the point.
 
2013-11-14 05:42:38 PM

WelldeadLink: brobdiggy: With regards to the super wealthy --- I know it's their money to spend and all, but it would be nice if we saw more philanthropy and charity and less conspicuous consumption.

For example (in the U.S.):  That $83 million could have supported about a dozen rural public schools for a decade.  Instead, it gets spent on a rock.

And now that money is out of the pocket of the guy who bought the rock, and in the pocket of the guy who sold it. It hasn't been destroyed. Maybe it will move to the pocket of a philanthropist.


Doesn't even need to be a philanthropist; just somebody with bills to pay.

That $83 million will eventually end up in the pockets of thousands of employees either working for the seller or working for companies selling other stuff to the seller.  If one dude wants to trade $83 million dollars of useable financial capital for a rock, we should all be grateful for the boost to the economy.
 
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