19 Sure Signs That We're In Some Sort Of A Bubble

Steven Perlberg

Bubbles. They arise, in part, from the maddeningly rational human feeling that it makes sense to overpay a little today because, whatever, I'll just sell tomorrow!

Or, put simply by Gawker's bubble-dabbler Hamilton Nolan, "Buy! Buy! Buy! Buy! High! High! High! High!"

"Tech startups with no revenue have billion-dollar valuations,"writes our Jim Edwards. "And engineers are demanding Tesla sports cars just to show up at work."

There are, of course, tangible and empirical ways that economists determine bubblehood, but what fun is that?

Surely the best way to see if we're in a bubble is to take a look at the anecdotal ludicrous excess of today's exorbitantly wealthy.

A hedge fund hired pro surfer Joe Curren for marketing purposes

Source: Business Insider

Google will now endeavor to cure death

Source: Business Insider

Billionaire Larry Ellison changed the yachting rules to price all the other rich guys out of the America's Cup

Source: New York Times

Sean Parker had an over-the-top $5-10 million 'Lord of the Rings' wedding and then wrote 10,000 words defending it

Source: Business Insider, Tech Crunch

Ashton Kutcher played Steve Jobs in a movie, so naturally Lenovo hired him as a product engineer

Source: Business Insider

Snapchat is reportedly about to be worth $4 billion

Source: AllThingsDBusiness Insider

Google employees are complaining that their massage chairs are too loud

Source: Business Insider

And that there's too much free food at the office

Source: Daily Mail

16-year-old 'Desperate Housewives' actress Rachel Fox is making stock trading advice videos called "Fox On Stocks"

Source: Business Insider

Transportation start-up Uber tried to deliver kittens as a promotion, but ran out of kittens

Source: Business Insider

Elon Musk made a drawing of his 'Hyperloop' concept, a futuristic 700 mph transportation system, and the Internet went wild

Source: Business Insider

Justin Bieber is now the lead investor for a tech start-up called 'Shots Of Me'

Source: Fortune

A man sold his company to AOL for $850 million, then bought it back 5 years later for $1 million just because

Source: Business Insider

VC billionaire Peter Thiel gave 20 kids $100,000 to drop out of college and become 'Thiel Fellow' tech entrepreneurs

Source: Business Insider

There's now a talent agency for people good at Vine, an app that lets you shoot 6-second video clips

Source: Business Insider via Fast Company

There's a Zipcar for boats

Source: Get My Boat

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is IPOing himself

Source: Business Insider

Google summer interns make $20,000

Source: Valleywag via CNN

There are 446 diamonds planted in this Rolls-Royce Phantom

Source: Business Insider

Bonus: treadmill desks

Source: Business Insider

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