27 Jul '11, 3pm

Kind of speechless about this one: Billionaire carves his name on island

Hamad bin Hamdan al Ahyan is a real-life Chairface Chippendale . He owns a private island near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, but what fun is that if everyone doesn't know it's yours? So he wrote his name on it, in letters a third of a mile long that are visible from space. Al Ahyan, a member of the Abu Dhabi ruling family, owns the world's most expensive car (it has a caviar tray!), the world's largest truck (it has an apartment inside!), and seven Mercedes 500 SLs. So clearly he's not a super conservationist or anything. But turning an island into a walking allegory of the cavalier attitude that the super-rich have towards the Earth ... that's pretty ballsy. It's not clear how he did it -- dynamite? Backhoe? Just doing ceaseless wheelies in his Bugatti? -- but my guess is that he has a phalanx of adorable endangered animals holding the dirt in place. On Google Ma...

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