For $188 Million, You Could Live in This Bel Air Mansion Fully Stocked With Wine, Candy, and Luxury Cars

Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

If you're going to shell out $188 million for a new house in one of the ritziest areas of the U.S., you might as well get a few luxury cars out of the deal. At least, that seems to be the rationale behind this insane mansion in Bel Air, a 38,000-square-foot palace with interiors that will stun you—just maybe not in the way that most mansions of this caliber might.

Spotted by Business Insider, the fully furnished home at 924 Bel Air Road first went on the market in January 2017 for $250 million, then one of the highest prices on the U.S. housing market. The property was built on spec by luxury developer Bruce Makowsky, whose company, the Los Angeles Times wrote in 2017, "caters to billionaires who pay tens of millions for his move-in-ready homes stocked with countless amenities and hand-picked designer wares."

A bright white dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out upon Los Angeles
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

This eye-boggling mansion—literally named "Billionaire"—is no exception. It comes with a decommissioned helicopter used in the show Airwolf perched next to the swimming pool, decorative chrome-plated guns, a Champagne-bottle pinball machine, a lounge area that has enough sofas and chairs to host a whole nightclub, a 40-person movie screening room, a four-lane bowling alley, two fully stocked wine cellars, a game room that comes loaded with enough candy to rival an M&M store, a spa room that comes equipped with its own massage tables, and a personal gym. Ah yes, and the "auto gallery" filled with $30 million in luxury cars.

As for the actual accommodations, the four-story house also has two master suites, 10 "oversized VIP guest suites," 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, and five bars. The real estate listing notes that it also has a "seven-person full-time staff," though it doesn't mention if their salaries are included in the price tag.

It's truly a sight to behold. See the listing from real estate firm Hilton & Hyland here.

A game room with custom foosball tables and a wall filled with candy dispensers
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

A lounge filled with white leather chairs with a full bar and large TV screen
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

An office desk looks out on a helicopter sitting on the lawn at night.
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

A mansion property with four levels and a pool, lit up at night
Bruce Makowsky/BAM Luxury Development

[h/t Business Insider]

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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Scott Eisen/Getty Images

If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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The Tallest Cemetery Monument in New Orleans Was Built Out of Spite

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baldeaglebluff, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

Spite has motivated many construction projects, from a 40-foot-tall fence in California to an 8-foot-wide home in Massachusetts. But when it comes to pettiness, few structures can beat Moriarty Monument in New Orleans's Metairie Cemetery. Reaching 80 feet high, the memorial to Mary Moriarty was an excuse for her widower to show off his wealth to everyone who rejected him.

New Orleans is famous for its cemeteries, which feature above-ground mausoleums. The soil in the region is too wet and swampy to dig traditional 6-foot graves, so instead, bodies are interred at the same level as the living. The most impressive of these graveyards may be Metairie Cemetery on Metairie Road and Pontchartrain Boulevard. Built in 1872, it lays claim to the most above-ground monuments and mausoleums in the city, the tallest of which is the Moriarty Monument.

The granite tomb was commissioned by Daniel A. Moriarty, an Irish immigrant who moved to New Orleans with little money in the mid-1800s. It was there he met his wife, Mary Farrell, and together they started a successful business and invested their new income into real estate. The couple was able to build a significant fortune this way, but Moriarty struggled to shake off his reputation as a poor foreigner. The city's upper class refused to accept him into their ranks—something Moriarty never got over. After his wife died in 1887, he came up with an idea that would honor her memory and hopefully tick off the pretentious aristocrats at the same time.

By 1905, he had constructed her the grandest memorial he could afford. In addition to the towering steeple, which is a topped with a cross, the site is adorned with four statues at the base. These figures represent faith, hope, charity, and memory, while the monument itself is meant to be a not-so-virtuous middle finger to all those who insulted its builder.

Gerard Schoen, community outreach director for Metairie Cemetery, told WGNO ABC, “The reason Daniel wanted his property to be the tallest was so his wife could look down and snub every 'blue blood' in the cemetery for all eternity." More than a century later, it still holds that distinction.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]