Daily Archives: January 20, 2013

The National Math

From the 1901 book, Richard Croker by Alfred Henry Lewis:

And because sundry millionaires have made more millions, they call the country prosperous. Mere wealth in a country doesn’t mean prosperity. It is the distribution of wealth. A community of one thousand souls, and each with fifty thousand dollars, would be an aggregate of fifty million dollars; and it would be a tale to tell of a people prosperous and well content. But a community of one thousand souls, where one had fifty million dollars, and nine hundred and ninety-nine not one dollar among them, would be a den where all the serpents of slavery, ignorance, misery, and degradation would coil and hiss and strike.


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My first full-time boss gave me a copy of this story to read back in 1981. Whoa. Talk about an eye-opener!

I managed to lose my copy long ago. And couldn’t remember the title. And couldn’t remember the writer. Neither could he. Keening ensued.

Today, thanks to Mathematical Fiction, I was finally reunited with MS FND IN A LBRY.

Which is something every single one of you should read!

How I love the Internet!!


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Original 1960s Batmobile Sold

Batmobile sells for $4.62 million at Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale

The iconic Batmobile from the 1960s television show sold for $4.62 million at the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Saturday night sale thrilled famed car customizer George Barris, who first bought the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car for $1 from Ford. He then transformed it into the Batmobile in 15 days with a budget of $15,000, according to auction notes from Barrett-Jackson.

The car’s buyer was Rick Champagne, a Phoenix-area logistics company executive. Asked by television interviewers what motivated him to pay such a princely sum, he pointed to the woman accompanying him and said: “Her.”

He then explained that he’d had his eye on the Batmobile “ever since I was a kid. I had a toy model of it,” according to SPEED TV. Asked whether he’d keep the car in his garage, he said he’d put it in his living room.


I Got To Sit In The Batmobile!!!
Authentic George Barris Batmobile Smart Car!!!

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