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Jeff Bezos, the Underwater Spaceship-Saving Billionaire

jeff bezos f-11 engineRunning Amazon is a pretty intense job, but Jeff Bezos does manage to take a little time off now and then.

For instance, right now, he’s on a ship outside Cape Canaveral, along with some giant engines that used to power the Apollo 11 aircraft. He financed the team that just dug them out from the bottom of the Atlantic.

You can read lots more here, and Bezos and team have a trippy video about the expedition that’s all the more amazing because it’s real, and not a James Cameron make-believe movie (make sure to click on the full-screen option for this one).

So here’s your challenge, other billionaires: Can you make your hobbies this interesting for the rest of us?

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald