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Buy Yourself a Private Tropical Island on Black Friday

As you know, today is Black Friday. But instead of hitting up crowded malls and department stores, why not go a different route and use the big shopping day to purchase a private island once owned by a Nazi sympathizer?

Sounds just as reasonable as shoving elbows into other people's faces and tackling other shoppers so you can buy the latest Xbox or iPad.

Rick Davis of Palmetto Bay (of course!) has a private island for sale. And it can be all yours for $40 million. CHEAP!

The island, called Big Darby, lies in the Exuma area of the Caribbean and was originally given to a knighted man named Baxter Darby in the mid-1930s by King George.

Baxter was supposedly a Nazi sympathizer.

Sir Baxter eventually built himself an 8,000-square-foot castle on the island. He also allegedly let German World War II submarines use Darby to refuel before heading out to the Atlantic.

"There are still giant poured concrete moorings," Davis said. "Nobody knows why they're there, but I believe it was for the submarines."

Davis, who has owned the island since the 1990s, says private islands didn't become popular until people like Nicolas Cage and Johnny Depp bought their own.

But Davis also warns that it's not for everyone. Islands like this have no sewage system and no running water, and the Baxter castle needs hella renovations.

And while it sits in the middle of glassy green-blue oceans, the sun and salt make it nearly impossible to build anything on the island.

"But those who like white-sand beaches, clear ocean, peace, and a stable government," Davis says, "then it's for you."

That, and it would be cool as shit to tell people you own your own private island.

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Chris Joseph
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