Okay, so, you’ve somehow come into a tidy sum of money, and you have decided to create an endowment for the betterment of humanity. But you want to be absolutely sure that you are making a unique contribution to society. Your endowment will be addressing a need that no one else is doing anything about—or perhaps has even heard of. You can use your endowment to give aid to an underserved population, or support a little-known artform, or research an obscure scientific problem.
What will your eccentric endowment be?
I would establish the Podkayne Fries Fund for Understanding the Cause and Prevention of that Single, Thick, Dark Hair that Grows in Some Random Spot on your Face or Body. I would fund research grants, sponsor conferences, and, since I’m now rich and have tons of free time, I would even volunteer myself as a research subject. (Got one on the left side of my chin, right on the jaw line.) But the first expenditure would probably be to hire a publicity firm to come up with a better acronym. Oooh, and purchase some underwriting on NPR.