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It's fun to sit around and imagine, isn't it?


To sit back in a comfy chair, maybe with a warm cup of tea, and think of all of the things you'd be able to do if you had a rich uncle somewhere who remembers what a nice young child you were, so that when they passed away they were for sure going to leave you their fortune.

Or maybe you win the lottery. It doesn't matter. The point is there's a lot of things you can do with a billion dollars, so with everything going on in the world, let's take a fun trip down imaginary lane.

Reddit user, u/BrAwLeR-FoReVeR, wanted to know what's at the top of your Buy List when they asked:

What would you first do if you ever became a billionaire?

These are the people who would help the world continue running, keeping the sails on the ship and the car on the road. They spend their money responsibly, reasonably, and with caution.

Maybe a little boring, but extremely necessary.

The Bare Minimum

"Turn on double verification in my bank account"

GummyBearMOnster666

"Bank account or bank accounts?"

kumgongkia

Let's Put These Things In Proper Order

"Get an attorney"

Cas0098

"Then an accountant"

Ejecto_Seato

"It's so unlikely to become an accidental billionaire, but basically this, the only way to survive it is to create a company that runs your life and has multiple employees. Your attorneys, accountants, drivers and security detail. You are now the CEO of a small company that is dedicated to your safety."

BaseballCollector

YAS. BOOKS.

"I would buy a series of book I've always wanted. It's the "Handbook of the mammals of the World", which is a nine book series with information on every mammal species. It may sound silly but hey, I'm a simple guy. Those are very expensive books"

Latrans_

Doing Things For Others As Well As Yourself

"This will sound cliche.

Take care of friends and family.

Invest majority.

Travel for remainder of my life."

c_c_c__combobreaker

"You would be popular for taking care of your friends and it's a good thing to do, but i feel like it would get weird once the word gets out. You might suddenly find yourself surrounded by a lot of long-lost friends."

TheDollarCasual

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Of course, if you've been gifted billions of dollars you don't have to go down the reasonable route. Instead you could take all of your money and do something silly with it. Something obnoxious.

Something cliché.

Running Down The Checklist

"Donate a couple million each to my parents, grandparents, in-laws, and my two best friends.

Buy 2 big houses. But not TOO big. Not like mansions or anything, who needs all that space? Just nice, posh 5-bedroom houses. One near where my parents live and one near where my in-laws live (200 miles apart). Then me and my husband can spend equal time in both places.

Get a really posh, top of the range electric car."

"Get my teeth straightened and whitened. Get laser eye surgery. Pay for a hair transplant for my husband (I love him bald, but he really wants one).

Hire a stylist, a cleaner, a live-in chef and a personal trainer. Clean myself up a bit, you know.

However much money is left, keep about 200 million of it, and donate the rest to various charities. Then just spend the rest of my life travelling with my husband, staying in the fanciest hotels and seeing the world."

fernshanks

Somewhere To Retire

"Buy a farm and a bunch of land. and spend some money on animals or build a bunker or both."

Vladimir_Putin12345

A Whole Lot Of Nothing

"Nothing, with that kind of money I could afford not to do anything for a while."

deathwishdave

"Anyone with a billion dollars who is still working is a psychopath."

srjohnson2

Politics, Everyone!

"Buy two senators and make them fight."

fortogden

"They are surprisingly cheap; can you get a few more and let the rest of us watch?"

not-suspicious

Start A Lot Of Beef With A Lot Of People

"I'd employ a law firm that semi-exclusively litigated my petty squabbles with the world. False advertising. Cop car paint colors. Whatever else that bothers me."

cantstandlol

There's no explanation for these ones.

They say money makes you eccentric and these people's dream purchases are evidence of the existence of that idea.

Who's Gonna Stop You?

"I would never tell anyone and pull money out of my @ss when i need it."

Salty-Tortoise

@ss pennies do give a certain amount of confidence."

BirdLawyerPerson

Just To Rub Salt In The Emotional Wound

"Call my ex spouse to share the happy news."

ShoddyPersonality234

A Way To Live Till The End

"I would build myself a marijuana farm somewhere on the island and move there to live :)I don't need anything else in my life except cannabis and a house on the beach by the sea :)"

somernag2y

Sounds Like A YA Novel In The Making

"I'd build a Hunger Games theme park complete with an Arena and invite 24 children a year."

GrimmRetails

"Invite"

MrDannySantos

That's Some Fancy Ketchup, Bro

"I'd still eat Kraft Dinner but with really expensive ketchups. Dijon ketchup."

Aystrological

"And an emu. I bet you always wanted an emu."

GrimmRetails

Dream big. Have fun conceptualizing your future.

Just don't dream of a death match for kids. That's probably not an ideal way to spend your cash.

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

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- darkhorse85

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- random314

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- Osolemia

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- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

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- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

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- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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