I was scanning the local headlines and one particular one grabbed my attention (rather fiercely). It is the situation Bernard Maidoff finds himself in.
As background, Bernie Maidoff is the center of an immense financial pyramid scheme. For a few decades (!), he's defrauded several corporations and individuals out of a total of close to (or exceeding) fifty-billion dollars.
I won't focus on the psychology behind why Mr. Maidoff felt he needed to constantly swindle people. Rather, I'll divert to a more-creative exercise...
We're at the height of the holiday shopping season, and our thoughts focus on purchasing and receiving. Fifty-billion dollars is a lot of money. It's an order of magnitude that I cannot comprehend. So I'm asking for your help:
Could you make forty-nine-point-seven-billion dollars disappear like Mr. Maidoff did?
(at this time, it is said he still retains three-hundred million)
1. You have to spend it on things you are willing to undertake - no purchasing islands, corporations, governments, individuals' souls, or other unless you are ready to run them.
2. Limit one of each item
3. No Gambling - this is a cop-out answer :P Besides, I doubt you'll find a bookie willing to cover an eleven-figure wager.
4. Let's limit all the purchases to yourself
Responses will be met with extreme gratitude free-of-charge