Most of America’s Gilded Age fortunes have dissipated over time. Yet two centuries after Thomas Mellon arrived in America his family, the Mellons are worth $12 billion.
Over 4th of July weekend, my phone was unceremoniously knocked out of my hand, off the dock and into the lake. My friend called it as it sank, hearing a few rings before it went fuzzy and died.
The next morning, we could see the phone just 5-6ft below the dock. Water was freezing so no one (including myself) cared to get it out. It sat there for the next two days.
On my last day before leaving, we finally decided to fish it out. I threw it in my bag and forgot about it. After work today, on a whim, I plugged the phone in…and it worked. No rice, no oven, no nothing. The screen was streaked with water and gave a weird 3D effect and, for the first hour or two, the phone kept asking to turn off or hibernate. But then it worked…completely normally. Aside from the weird screen, that is.
This. Changes. Everything.
…and the first thing I do is go eat at the french restaurant down the street.