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fuzzfactor · 2023-05-30 · Original thread
"The Rich are Different"

The lesser-known little book of quotations by Jon Winokur.

Appropriately enough on Amazon:

>the elite members of San Francisco's Union Pacific Club needn't worry about handling dirty money, since every coin the enters the institution is scoured by the kitchen staff.

>When the late Time Warner boss Steve Ross flew his wife and two other couples to Mexico one Christmas, the trip required two corporate planes: One for people and one for gifts.

>Christina Onassis used to have Diet Coke flown to her by private jet.

>Asked why she was carried everywhere by a burly attendant, Barbara Hutton replied, "Why should I walk when I can hire someone to do it for me?"

gruseom · 2009-09-18 · Original thread
Reminds me of something my uncle told me: "The rich are different from you and me: they have money...and you don't!"

This was a famous exchange between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald said, "You know Ernest, the rich are different from you and me." Hemingway replied, "Yes, they have more money."

The phrase was lifted for the title of a book of anecdotes about rich people that I once saw a stack of on a coffee table at Restoration Hardware. I picked one up and it turned out to be freaking hilarious. I heartily recommend it:

For example, there was the English aristocrat who, when told he could no longer afford to keep three pastry chefs (French, Danish, and one other), said "What? Can't a man have a biscuit when he wants it?"

Then there was Christina Onassis' habit of sending her private jet out to get a twelve-pack of Diet Coke every time she ran out. The pilot was asked why he didn't just bring back a full load. His answer: "Because Madame does not want old Diet Coke."

I could quote another dozen stories from memory and this book has been sitting in storage for like 10 years. A seriously hilarious book.

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