News Fluffy Money
posted by July 12 at 11:13 AMon
Earlier this week, Seattle Opera got a gift of $15 million from a man whose fortune is in pillows.
The man is Gerald (Jerry) Hanauer. His company is Pacific Coast Feather Co. Most relaxing sentence from the company’s website (product description for Superior Goose Down Pillow): “Combining the softness of high thread count 100% cotton and fluffy, natural down plumes, our down pillows are designed with your absolute comfort in mind… Relax and cradle your head in our soft, luxurious down pillows.”
From Seattle Times:
Hanauer commended Seattle Opera’s “beauty and excellence,” adding, “My company, Pacific Coast Feather Co., is a world-class company, and I have had for numerous years now the same feeling about Seattle Opera.” The Hanauer gift will more than double Seattle Opera’s endowment…
Here’s a website that explains how goose down pillows are made: “To obtain feathers and down at the time of slaughter, the normal process is to first scald the geese in hot water (60-68°C) for 1-3 minutes. The coarse feathers of the wing and tail are then removed by hand with the remainder of the feathers and down removed either by a plucking machine or by hand. The feathers are then dried and this is normally done in large commercial tumble dryers…”
You don’t have to murder the geese in order to get a fluffy pillow for relaxing and cradling your head, but if you don’t, where’s the foie gras you eat before heading out to the opera going to come from?
In other words, we capture, murder, boil, and chop up these guys:
…so that we can have this: