This post doesn't have much to do with science. I couldn't believe what I read and so I had to write write about it.
I had heard a while back that a Saudi prince is purchasing a VIP Airbus A380 Super Jumbo as his private jet. In case you are wondering, the A380 is the largest passenger aircraft (it's bigger than a 747).
At first I thought it was a joke. The plane is so huge that I could not imagine that somebody would want it for a private jet.
Just recently, I found out that the story is true. Here's the plan for the proposed interior.
The custom VIP A380 costs $500 million; that's half a billion dollars! It'll cost him more to fuel, fly and maintain it. Considering that this same Saudi prince already owns a VIP 747, surely there could be better ways to spend $500 million than to purchase a bigger plane.
How about providing the best health care to his people? What about investing in education and technology so they'll have something to rely on when their oil supply finally runs out?
Hey, it's not my money so why should I bother, right? Think about it the next time you're at the gas pump.