To say he lived high on the hog would be an understatement. By his own estimate he spent $100m on drugs, drink, women and high living in just one decade. He had 14 mistresses on his personal payroll (“If it floats, flies or fucks,” he once said, it was better to rent than to buy.)
The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
We can do just exactly whatever we want to do. And you know why? Because we’re Young Ones. Bachelor boys. Crazy, mad, wild-eyed, big-bottomed anarchists.
Ordinary folk trust Davos Man no more than they would a lobbyist for the Worldwide Federation of Weasels.
As of December 2011 just 51% of all American adults were married and 28% never had been, down from 72% and up from 15% in 1960.
We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.
Kivu is one of the world’s most explosive lakes. If its gases were suddenly released, the explosion could be “the biggest catastrophe humankind has experienced,” perhaps suffocating or incinerating the 2m people who live on the shore
A world-class butler can earn up to £150,000 ($240,000) plus bonus, separate living accommodation and all expenses.
He wrote by hand because this forced his brain to wait.
If you live in America, you are four times more likely to be murdered than if you live in Britain, almost six times more likely than in Germany, and 13 times more likely than in Japan.
What a car crash. We are speechless.
As a journalist, I’m delighted that my job guarantees me a troubled but ultimately blissful courtship with the woman of my dreams. But I can’t help but wonder why hygiene inspectors and chartered accountants shouldn’t have their own shot at happiness.
There is an ongoing and grisly contest between military snipers to see who can kill an enemy soldier from the farthest distance away. The present record is held by Craig Harrison, a corporal in the British Army’s Household Cavalry, who managed to kill two Taliban soldiers from 2,475 metres in November 2009.
America of all countries still has plenty of grounds to hope for a better future, despite its underperforming politics, and no matter who triumphs in November.
If you found yourself sitting at the poker table opposite Amarillo Slim, you were wisest not to say one word.