Don Laughlin, the owner of a Nevada casino, has decided to freeze himself, along with 5 million of his casino-earned dollars. It may sound like a scene from a 2nd rate straight-to-video science fiction movie, but it’s actually true. More and more of America’s richest men are deciding to deep freeze themselves – and their financial assets. They’re paying great sums of money to have their bodies frozen at the moment of death, in the hopes of rising from the dead after technology advances further.
Laughlin was reported as saying that he believes it will give him a better chance of rising from the dead. The casino owner is expected to be defrosted with the rest of the frozen “vegetables” sometime during the 23rd century.
The deep freeze method, officially termed “cryonics,” was originally invented in the 19th century when several rich families dreaded the idea of having their money gulped down by taxes. Thanks to a loophole in inheritance laws, those who undergo the deep freeze process simply bequeath their assets to themselves, in a similar manner as they would to future grandchildren.
When calculating interests, casino owner Don Laughlin’s $5 million are expected to bulk up quite a bit. A private company that helps clients undergo the freezing process, offers a return of $8,677,000 on a $10,000 investment over 100 years.