The Power of The Daily Show

Sorry for another off-topic post, but I just had to point out an interesting turn out events. Loyal Daily Show watchers might remember an interview with Richard Branson in which Jon suggested that Branson use his billions to sponsor a contest to invent an alternative to the internal combusion engine. The idea went over like a lead balloon. It did not compute. Branson didn’t think he could make any money out of it. (Which just goes to show that no matter how much you have, you always want more.)

Two years later and something has changed. Branson is giving away money for research into alternative energy sources as part of the Clinton Global Initiative. No doubt his mind was changed in part by the cost of fueling his airlines, but I think Jon Stewart should take some of the credit. Mazel tov, Jon!


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