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Job if you won the lottery?

  1. Jul 12, 2012 #1
    I thought it would be cool to see what people would want to do if you just 500 million dollars through the lottery. I think I would want to be a professional student and earn a bunch of degrees, or be a fireman/EMT.
     
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  3. Jul 12, 2012 #2

    Curious3141

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    Race car driver. Also frontman of my own death metal band.
     
  4. Jul 12, 2012 #3
    I thought buying crap cars and fixing them and racing them would be awesome as well
     
  5. Jul 12, 2012 #4

    Monique

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    I'd use the money for funding of my research, 500 million should do the trick.
     
  6. Jul 12, 2012 #5

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    I'd set up a trust fund to help poor kids go to college, and continue to live in the woods and tend my garden. Maybe I'd buy a bigger piece of land farther away from others, but I'd still build nothing bigger than this place, all on one floor. I'd add a root cellar, too, but that's about it.
     
  7. Jul 12, 2012 #6
    There is something oddly satisfying about working on a ranch or a farm/garden. I used to love to go to my uncle's ranch and help him with various jobs and I wouldn't mind a job like that either.
     
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  8. Jul 12, 2012 #7

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    Buy a cottage in the middle of nowhere for me and my family and keep horses and possibly start an animal sanctuary.
     
  9. Jul 12, 2012 #8
    Buy a ton of rockets, strap them to the ground facing the same direction, and slow down the Earth's rotation.
     
  10. Jul 12, 2012 #9

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    With 500 million dollars... what a thought!
    I'd set aside a cool million for each kid once they finish college... hmm, 497 mil left...

    I'd get an architecture degree, and then build a couple of thousand tiny-footprint homes across the country; pick the one I like best, sell the rest.
     
  11. Jul 12, 2012 #10
    I spend about 100 million buying rental properties outright. Then I'd rent them out and start raking in the income.

    Then I'd buy a machine shop, people it with retired machinists who wanted something to do, and have them manufacture scientific demonstration equipment from Navy scrap metal to be given free to high schools.

    I'd poll the high school physics teachers here to see what equipment they wished they had, and get the PF engineers to design prints of the sturdiest practical embodiments.

    The labor would be all volunteer, but there'd still be electricity bills, shipping costs, etc. That would come out of the rental properties income. I'd own them outright, fee simple, so their only expenses would be taxes, insurance, and maintenance and management. Plenty of profit to put into the shop.

    Then I'd buy a 24 hour coffee house and sit in it all day and night and draw in between answering the phone.
     
  12. Jul 12, 2012 #11
    I'd found a TV channel dedicated to exposing the abuses of corporations and then see how much they offer to buy me out.
     
  13. Jul 12, 2012 #12

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    I'd fund animal sanctuaries and free veterinary clinics for people that can't afford it, especially emergency or major illness.
     
  14. Jul 12, 2012 #13

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    I'd give a small amount to good tax lawyer so as to avoid "donating" half of it to various governments as taxes.
     
  15. Jul 12, 2012 #14

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    Other than going to school and buying myself an awesome telescope or twelve, I'd go to the guys at EMC2 and pour some money into their fusion research using the Polywell.
     
  16. Jul 12, 2012 #15
    Go around the world and become a Nat Geo Explorer :!!)
     
  17. Jul 12, 2012 #16

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    sell my house, move farther into the woods off of a road without a name. I'd put a sign out in front saying "Trespassers will be shot, survivors shot again". As for the job, I'd keep the one I have just to tick off all of my co-workers.
     
  18. Jul 12, 2012 #17
    Start my own university.
     
  19. Jul 12, 2012 #18
    I would like to address the issue of poverty, starvation, birth control issues, disease, warfare, lack of education, and lack of proper medication that arises when you examine Africa. I still find it relatively difficult to believe that one continent is so far behind the others, but I suppose that's what happens when their borders and tribal boundaries are completely neglected when European countries exploited their people for labor and profit, and then left the continent, with the hopes that it wouldn't fall to pieces.

    Neil Degrasse Tyson put it eloquently when he examined how, in the earlier states of mathematics and all intellectual progress (the invention of Algebra, examination of the number '0', numerous contributions to engineering), the Arabs were ahead of everyone else. Baghdad, around 1000 A.D, was the intellectual haven of the world, where everyone was welcome to express their knowledge without scrutiny of any religion, which might suppress their findings at the time.

    (Notice how our numbers are called 'Arabic' numerals).

    Hamid Al-Ghazali, an Arabic and Islamic scholar, introduces the widely devoured philosophy that mathematics is the work of the devil. From that point forward, the whole intellectual community of the Middle East collapses, and has never recovered from this state.

    Neil Tyson emphasizes strongly how, since the installation of the Nobel Prizes, there have been two Muslim winners, one of which was from Pakistan, yet Jews have won upwards of 1/4 of the Nobel Prizes. Proportionally speaking, almost every one of those Nobel Prizes should be given to Muslims, because of the ridiculous number of people in the world who are Muslim.

    I essentially see that same scenario happening with Africa, but instead of it being fueled by fear of religious persecution that smothers intellectual progress, it's a staggering lack of necessary and fundamental tools for life that is potentially stopping any contributions from Africa. If you choose to look at it this way, then instead of only bettering the lives of humans who are in despairingly cruel situations, you are also tapping in to the intellectual power held within an unjustly impoverished continent.
     
  20. Jul 13, 2012 #19

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    Just to correct a misconception here: those numerals should properly be called "Indian numerals" or "Hindu numerals", since they were first devised by Indian mathematicians. They were later propagated to Persian and Arabian mathematicians, centuries later. The concept of zero also came from India.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu–Arabic_numeral_system


    Religious fundamentalism is the bane of intellectual progress, but similar factors were at play in the Western countries, too. Yet, they somehow overcame that with great and heroic efforts.

    If Tyson said this, he's really treading on thin ice, IMO. I have no idea the insinuation that he (or you) intends by bringing up the Jewish winners. If he wants to talk about underrepresentation of certain groups in Math and Science, that's fair game, but to talk about overrepresentation of other groups borders on offensive.
     
  21. Jul 13, 2012 #20

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    I'd buy some land and property, and create places for people to live and make the conditions that the land and property can never take any ownership of any sort by anyone (basically make it sovereign) and then spend some time establishing a framework for giving citizens the opportunity for using the properties to live in, when they face extenuating circumstances. Basically a kind of public housing with a committee that follows a protocol for allocating properties for people in need.

    The protocol itself would be the hardest thing because you would want the conditions to promote independence and to use it as a temporary means rather than as a permanent one, meaning that if people try to abuse the privilege, they get kicked out and the place is given to other people who really need it and want to get back on their feet.

    Anything that is left over after the project is finished is to be placed in a trust with very strict conditions about use of funds that helps keep the project going.
     
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