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The Five Greatest Tax Write-Offs of All Time

  • Najib Benouar

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The annual day of financial reckoning has arrived: it’s tax day.

And in honor of this yearly government-sanctioned fleecing, we’d like to applaud those intrepid few who’ve stuck it to the man—and wound up with a free swimming pool out of the deal, or recouped a $50,000 night of making it rain—by rehashing some of history’s most ingenious write-offs and how they turned out. So without further ado, we present to you:

The five greatest tax write-offs of all time.»

Summer Glau is Having Trouble Getting Started on Her Sand Castle

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Facts About Money: A roundup of numbers about the dollar, including this: 90% of all paper money has traces of cocaine on it. Which explains why people want it so much. [Fast Company]

The Lighter Side: The debate over pale denim rages on. For what it’s worth, it’s okay with us. [Men’s Flair]

Obligatory Fashion Week Item: Duckie Brown’s looking pretty good these days. [The Moment]

Can’t Buy Me Love


This object probably conjures up familiar feelings for anyone hoarding a nest egg as their own personal safety blanket. It may not be quite as fuzzy as the average plush toy, but it’s satisfying to touch, and the smell is quite nice.

We see two potential markets: hyper-capitalists with a sentimental streak (for instance…) and their offspring. After all, what better way to train little Dalton the proper banking instincts than by tossing one of these into his crib?

A Billi


With Damien Hirst testing the limits of just how conspicuous art consumption can get, it was only a matter of time before we stopped messing around with jewelry and went straight to cold, hard cash.

This installation piece from Art Marcovici stacks 10 million $100 bills on pallets in the middle of a gallery. Aptly titled “One Billion Dollars,” it’s supposed to incite your capitalist urges, but it just makes us wish we had a more colorful currency. Maybe Marcovici should think about One Billion Euros as a follow-up.