From today's New York Times:
Many Fail to See the Humor in ‘I Am Rich’ for the iPhone
I thought this was quite amusing. Plenty of people spend lots more than $1,000 for things that have no real purpose other than to signify wealth-- this guy just boiled that down to its essence!
Last week, an application turned the iPhone into a megaphone to proclaim: “I Am Rich.” That is the name of a downloadable program that promised to do nothing except signal to the world that its buyer was wealthy enough to have spent $1,000 to download an image of a multifaceted ruby.
Created by a German software developer, Armin Heinrich, it was written pretty much as a joke. “I found that some users complain about prices for iPhone applications above 99 cents,” Mr. Heinrich said. “I regard it as art. I did not expect many people to buy it and did not expect all the fuss about it.”