In case you needed any more proof that rich people have weird hobbies:
Jonathon Rothberg is normally a pretty respectable guy. He's also crazy rich, thanks to founding a series of successful biotech companies. So, when he bought a telescope, he decided he wanted an observatory. But he didn't just want a shed with a removable roof. No, he wanted a building the size of your average suburban house.
Not surprisingly, the oh-so-proper neighborhood association wasn't too thrilled with the idea of a 35-foot zinc-plated observatory in a colonial-style waterfront neighborhood. Standards, you know.
Most crazy-rich people, at this point, would settle for a smaller observatory, or find another hobby like underwater pogo-jumping across the Atlantic, or maybe model trains. Rothberg, though, had the thought of "what can I sneak past the zoning board?"
"Ooh, I know, 1.4 million pounds of rock!"
So, he hired a sculptor who works with giant rocks for a living, and ordered himself a Stonehenge:
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The remarkable informative New York Times article reads like it got ripped off the front page of The Onion. But it's real.
Truth, it seems, is often stranger than fiction.
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