Building an isolated personal utopia is an endeavor typically reserved for Dr. Doom. However, it turns out there are several private cities currently in development that were seemingly designed for the sheer purpose of inflating one or more egos, to be built with the brick and mortar of unbridled lunacy.
#3. The Citadel Project
The goal of the Citadel Project is to build a giant walled compound in rural Idaho where every citizen is required to carry a gun, because Escape from New York apparently didn't do enough to demonstrate the catastrophic folly of this line of thinking.
We're assuming the Farmers Market is just a gun store with organic tomatoes.
Crazy people will pronounce themselves ruler of the Sovereign Nation of Tittyfartsylvania or President of Madeuplandington with some regularity. What is more stunning is when actual governments choose to recognize the borders of Tittyfartsylvania and send diplomats to negotiate peace terms.
#4. The Principality of Outer Baldonia
The Principality of Outer Baldonia sprang into being in the 1940s, when a Pepsi lobbyist named Russell Arundel negotiated its purchase for $750, because it's not like he was going to spend that money feeding the homeless.
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"Eh, I'm a Coke guy anyway."
Most successful brands have instantly recognizable logos. However, early drafts of some of the most famous logos in the world apparently confused "recognition" with "bitter insanity."
#7. Apple Computers - 1976
Pretty much everyone is familiar with the logo for Apple Computers, because it permeates virtually every level of hipster culture.
We're amazed it doesn't have a beard.
Recently, David Beckham, the only soccer player you have ever heard of, announced that he would donate his entire salary to charity, which we assume was part of the bargain he made with Lucifer in exchange for self-chiseling abdominal muscles and Posh Spice's inflated boobs. As it turns out, Beckham isn't the only person to give away a fortune (regardless of motive).
#3. George Lucas
When bearded dollar sign George Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, Star Wars fans across the globe collectively seethed with rage, probably because they'd waded through 10 years of shitty prequels and cartoons to be rewarded with this picture:
Disney via Washington Post
"We were wrong, everybody. Star Wars COULD get more lame."