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TIL that billionaire Howard Hughes bought a casino for the sole purpose of moving its trademark neon silver slipper. Visible from Hughes’ bedroom, it had apparently kept him awake at night.

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TIL that billionaire Howard Hughes bought a casino for the sole purpose of moving its trademark neon silver slipper. Visible from Hughes’ bedroom, it had apparently kept him awake at night.

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  1. CHWK

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    He also bought a TV station so he could call up and have them air movies that he wanted to watch, creating an expense VOD service.

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  2. Gemmabeta

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Howard Hughes had pretty serious OCD. If he was not a multi-billionaire, he probably would have been institutionalized. He was so afraid of germs that he would do thing like making his servants cover themselves in tissues so they would not come into skin-skin contact with him. Paradoxically, by the end of his life, Hughes stopped bathing or washing himself, as he was afraid that the water itself is dirty (when he died, his body was caked in filth and his hair and nails looked liked they have not been cut in years). And he pretty much starved himself to death by the end.

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  3. rockzen24

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Rumor was the casino had a Kenny Roger’s Roasters.

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  4. TooShiftyForYou

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    *On April 30, 1968, the Silver Slipper was purchased by businessman Howard Hughes for $5.4 million in his famous spending spree of buying Vegas properties. He purchased the casino because he was afraid that the toe of the slipper, that faced the window of his Desert Inn penthouse, could contain a photographer taking pictures of him. After several attempts at requesting that the slipper be turned off, Hughes purchased the casino, turned off the lights and had the rotating mechanism dismantled. The Silver Slipper was sealed, so no one could enter.*

    And here is the [rotating slipper sign.](https://i.imgur.com/LvqurCN.png)

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  5. dgoforthedoggo

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Some people buy heavy curtains. Just a thought.

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  6. Ennui92

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

  7. Hongcouver

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    You want a weird Howard Hughes story? Here’s one from my home town:
    http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/vancouver-feature-billionaire-recluse-commandeers-a-hotel/
    Mr. H (as my father called him) used to slip out on weekends and pose as a popcorn vendor at the Stanley Park zoo. I remember him well, very soft spoken and to 10yo me knew everything there was worth knowing about birds. Back then Vancouver was where famous people came to be ignored, even if we knew who you are.

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  8. dredditk

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    My granddad bought the land, built, and owned the silver slipper with some other contractors. He told me the mafia came to them and ask for their cut of the cash coming in. Being from East Texas my granddad and whomever said no. Thankfully the mafia paid some people to gamble illegally & the gaming commission to catch them and shut the casino down. My granddad kept all his fingers, toes, and head for that matter. haha.

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  9. dickfromaccounting

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    this fly’s really bothering me, let me just buy the whole brand of bug spray I’m using to kill it

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  10. STF496

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    The epitome of “fuck you” money

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  11. GuyBannister1

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    He was fucked out of his mind though

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  12. Ron_Paul_2024

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I’m not going to lie, but if I had about $20 Billion. I would use $220 million of it just to have Taylor Swift make a song about how she love sucking my dick.

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  13. icelock013

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    And put a halt to nuclear testing for 90 days….

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  14. TonyZero

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Inspiration for a certain Martian perhaps?

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  15. bootEking15

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Aviator 10/10 one of the all-time most inspirational films, Howard Hughes is legendary.

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  16. somerandumguy

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    What’s a curtain?

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  17. thefinalsay_saysme

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Fascinating character.

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  18. RyWex

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    He was also fucking insane

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  19. Sai1r

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Instead of you know, just buying a pair of blinds or maybe a black-out curtain (not sure about the name of it, but its literally just a thick black curtain for extra darkness)

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  20. trippingbilly0304

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Gulag

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  21. DepressedInLasVegas

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    This is the epitome of “fuck you” money.

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  22. godofgainz

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I once became the manager of an apartment complex so I could convince the owner that the children’s playset next to my apartment was old and needed to be replaced. Also suggested a better location for the new one. Worked like a charm and my apartment ended up being in one of the quietest buildings on the property :))

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  23. BigUSAForever

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I was looking for this story under “personal life” and discovered he also killed a man with his car while possibly under the influence! That seems even crazier.

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  24. Legal_Rampage

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Jars of piss. So many jars…

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  25. Adam_2017

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    He also used to have his chef put a cheese burger in a tree every day…

    When you have money it’s not crazy, it’s eccentric. 🙂

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  26. smokiesmokesmoke

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Black out curtains?

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  27. angryfupa

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Now that is genuine wealth.

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  28. alide

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Reminds me of that story of the captain who had the ship change direction to get the sun out of his eyes. askreddit or green text post about laziness.

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  29. Emrico1

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Ever heard of block-out curtains? Geez

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  30. ReVaas

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    [I like to think I helped make this post ](https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/724nu6/what_is_the_most_bad_ass_thing_said_in_history/dng822e?context=3)

    Op must have seen this and went for it

    u/Mdiasrodrigu pls tell me this is tru

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  31. CarsGunsBeer

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Amazing how he could afford the whole casino but not curtains.

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  32. CarsGunsBeer

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Amazing how he could afford the whole casino but not curtains.

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  33. Deranged_Kitsune

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Howard Hughes was the very definition of “fuck you” money

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  34. elestupido

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    capital is always undemocratic. BURN THE CAPITAL! EAT THE RICH! every rich man is a public enemy

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  35. BlutNacht

    September 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Rich people make me sick with their entitlement.

    Reply

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