The Apartment Now Belongs to Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the 22-Year-Old Daughter of a Russian Fertilizer Magnate

If you combined Harper’s Index with its Findings section and dramatically lowered the research quality of both, you would get my mind after a good Internet k-hole. Here are all the things I learned this week.

American couples spend an average of $25,631 on their weddings. The median yearly household income in Detroit is $27,862. The Royal Wedding flowers are estimated to have cost $800,000. At some McDonald’s locations in Hong Kong, you can buy a “Warm and Sweet Wedding Package” for $1,300, including food for 50 and a tiered “cake” made of stacked apple pies. In the “I’m Sorry” section of the 1-800-Flowers website, you can buy a four-foot rose, a message in a bottle, a box of chocolates, and a Swarovski necklace for $219. Flowers in Wisconsin are blooming up to a month earlier than they did a century ago. 

Hospitals in Michigan and Boston that adopted a “disclosure, apology and settlement” approach to medical error reduced their legal costs by over 50%. In 2010, Mitt Romney wrote a book called No Apology: The Case for American Greatness and charged a $50,000 fee from every venue on his book tour. At least half of the fee was paid in bulk purchases of his book, a move that immediately put No Apology on bestseller lists.

Wholesale food costs make up 30.8% of your check at a fast food restaurant. Fast food consumers spend 127% more at the restaurant than they would to make the same meal at home. McDonald’s runs an 80-acre training facility in Illinois called Hamburger University, with satellite campuses in Tokyo, London, Sydney, Munich, Sao Paolo and Shanghai. In China, the school has an acceptance rate of one percent. Harvard’s acceptance rate is 5.9 percent.

Textbooks are 812% more expensive today than they were in 1978. New homes cost 325% more. The average price per square foot of real estate in New York City is $1339; in Detroit, it’s $63; in Honolulu, it’s $507. In 2011, the Central Park West penthouse owned by Citigroup’s former chairman Sandy Weill sold for $88 million, or $13,000 per square foot. The apartment now belongs to Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the 22-year-old daughter of a Russian fertilizer magnate. She is a horse enthusiast and Harvard student.

In 2006, a Gustav Klimt painting sold at Christie’s for $88 million; Adele Bloch-Bauer II is a portrait of the only woman that Klimt ever painted twice. Gustav Klimt was never married, but he fathered over a dozen children and was known for keeping cats in his studio. Some say he swore by cat pee as a fixative for his drawings. Today a cat costs its owner a minimum of $670 per year. A child is said to create an annual cost of $12,290-$14,230 for an average-income family. In New York, a foster parent of a 2-year-old receives a stipend of $6,048 a year.

 

Jia Tolentino lives in Ann Arbor.

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19 Comments / Post A Comment

Megano! (#124)

$1300 for 50 people’s worth of food at MCDONALD’S seems like way too much.

j-i-a (#746)

@Megano! Hahahaha VERY TRUE perhaps I should have included “It includes wedding gifts, pink invitation cards with golden arches, decorations featuring brand mascots Ronald McDonald and the Hamburglar, and other golden arches fare”

NOTHING SAYS COMMITMENT LIKE RONALD MCDONALD

Megano! (#124)

@j-i-a Oh OK, so it doesn’t JUST cover catering. I guess that’s an OK price then. I wonder if you could JUST get the Hamburgler? I would totally do it if I could be like, “NO RONALD JUST HAMBURGLAR.”

@j-i-a I really hope a guy in a Ronald McDonald outfit with a priest collar (or culturally appropriate equivalent) conducts the ceremony. I’d pay $1,300 just for that.

Weasley (#1,419)

“Textbooks are 812% more expensive today than they were in 1978.”

So so awful.

@Weasley The nominal cost is up by 812%. The real cost is up by a mere 562%!

Weasley (#1,419)

@stuffisthings

Oh, well that puts everything right!

BornSecular (#2,245)

Maybe I shouldn’t ask this but…what is a k-hole? Knowledge hole?

blair (#1,962)

@BornSecular I, too, am curious, but also too much at work to google it for fear of it being actually porn

j-i-a (#746)

@blair It’s all about that ketamine/not ketamine tag. Not porny! Also not ketamine-y in this case!

kellyography (#250)

@BornSecular It’s slang for a ketamine high, though I like “knowledge hole,” as a more updated version in the way Jia uses it.

@j-i-a Just the idea of reading Wikipedia on Ketamine fills me with anxiety.

Stina (#686)

“Flowers in Wisconsin are blooming up to a month earlier than they did a century ago.” Which is also wiping out our and Michigan’s cherry industry because our weather is becoming less suited for growing there.

I don’t know how sentimental you are Jia about your state’s cherries but I heard a Wisconsin NPR story about how our crop may go away eventually I actually did the movie “NOOOOOOOOO!” and then shook my fist at the sky cursing global warming (not kidding, I actually did this).

BornSecular (#2,245)

@Stina Cherries are so yummy I don’t want them to go anywhere! I don’t think we can grow them in Missouri? One time I lived with a host family in France and they had a cherry tree in the front yard, and I was sad the semester ended before I could eat them.

Stina (#686)

@BornSecular Dude (or Dudette) There’s an area called Door County here that was jam packed full of U’pick cherry orchards that my family and I would go to every year and bring home buckets worth so that we would have a cherry supply the whole year. The orchards are still there but suffering greatly.

I suppose the cherry zone will just move to Canada but those Canadian cherries.. all funny talking and polite…I don’t know…

j-i-a (#746)

@Stina Aww the cherry thing does make me sad; this past summer, already, the crop was all off wasn’t it? And apples too?

honey cowl (#1,510)

@Stina I <3 Door County.

Stina (#686)

@ Lauren Then you are clearly a person of good taste

Stina (#686)

Bah! Wrong place! but responding to jia. Yes the apples too. Very sad. The past ten years have been rough but last year was especially bad.

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