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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work