There’s nothing more stressful than running to the store to grab something, before realizing that you can’t take your beloved pooch in. It’s too hot to leave them in the car, and you’re worried that they might get stolen or escape if you open the window. You end up driving home, dropping the dog off, and then having to go back to the store. However, all of that may be a thing of the past thanks to Tesla’s epic new feature – dog mode.
Asking Elon Musk
Back in October 2018, one Twitter user asked Elon Musk if he could introduce a function that would enable their dog to keep cool in the car. It’s not the most conventional place to pitch ideas to a business owner, but it looks like it might have stirred something in the Tesla and SpaceX founder. Fast forward to February 2018, less than five months after the tweet, and Elon Musk has announced their brand new dog mode.
What Is Dog Mode?
Unfortunately, it’s not as exciting as your dog being able to take the wheel and drive themselves to doggy day care. However, it is an extremely smart addition to the Tesla vehicles – especially as it is so simple. Dog Mode turns on the air conditioning to ensure that your dog remains at a comfortable temperature whenever you step out of the car.
This means that your beloved pooch won’t get too hot, which is something that can lead to people breaking car windows and rescuing poorly dogs. In fact, knowing that this is a possibility, the central screen display actually lets passers-by know that Dog Mode is on, and that any pets in the car are being kept cool.
How To Get It
Elon Musk announced that Dog Mode was being rolled out via Twitter (as you do), and that it is available for all Model S, Model 3, and Model X vehicles that have Autopilot 2+ hardware. So, most Tesla owners should be able to activate Dog Mode very soon! This is just in time for those long, hot summer days.
Let’s just hope that other car manufacturers sit up and take notice of this clever addition, so we no longer have to worry about dogs getting too hot in cars – or broken windows.
An Inside Look at the Hilton Family, America’s Tabloid Royals
The Hilton family is no amateur when it comes to the tabloids, in fact, they’ve even been coined America’s Tabloid Royals. Keep scrolling through the article to get to all the drama! You’re guaranteed a crazy ride full of twists and turns aboard the Hilton train.
Head of the Dynasty
The Hilton family began with the late Conrad Hilton, who was Paris’ great-grandfather. He learned the basics of business from his father who ran a grocery store. When Conrad moved to Texas, he purchased his first hotel. After his initial success, he went on to purchase many more hotels.
Continuing With Conrad
Married three times, Conrad had three of his four kids with Mary Adelaide Barron. Their children consisted of William Barron, Eric Michael, and Conrad Jr. His only child with Hollywood star Zsa Zsa Gabor was Constance Francesca Hilton Gabor.
When Conrad died in 1979, he was rated one of the richest men in the US at the time. However, he only left a small amount to his two surviving sons and daughter Constance. The rest of his inheritance went to his charity.
Here Comes the Junior
Conrad Hilton Jr. was known to be somewhat of a ladies’ man throughout the ‘40s and ‘50s. He famously married Elizabeth Taylor for less than a year and was also accused of having a romantic relationship with his stepmother, Zsa Zsa, according to her autobiography.
Then, in 1958, he married oil heiress Patricia McClintock and the couple had two sons together — Conrad Hilton the third and Michael Otis. Though Conrad Jr. died of a heart attack at just 42 years old, he was very successful in helping to expand his father’s business.
Constance Francesca Gabor Hilton was the only daughter of Conrad Sr. Constance seemed to resemble her mother Zsa Zsa’s good looks as she was often photographed with her at red carpet events.
Constance worked in her father’s hotels during her summer breaks and was quite the equestrian in her spare time. She later went on to become an actress, comedian, and photographer. In 1993, she married Joseph Piche but the couple divorced after seven years together.
Conrad’s Second Son
William Barron Hilton was the second son of Conrad Sr., who also devoted his life to running the family hotel empire. William wore many hats when it came to business. In fact, he even owned the San Diego Chargers and in the ‘60s, he helped start the American Football League.
The business mogul also managed to have eight children with his wife, Marilyn June Hawley. He followed in his father’s footsteps when he died, leaving most of his estate to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
The Last Brother
Eric Michael Hilton rounds out the third son of Conrad Sr. Eric graduated from Texas Western College and served as a radar specialist in the Korean War. He also worked his way up the family business starting off with jobs as a bellman, cook, and desk clerk until eventually becoming the vice president.
He served as the vice-chairman on the board of directors until he retired in 1997. Eric went on to have four children with his wife, Bibi. Unfortunately, he passed away at 83 years old in 2016.
Meet the Modern Matriarch and Patriarch
Richard Hilton is the grandson of Conrad Hilton Sr. and the sixth son of William Baron Hilton. In 1979, he married his high school sweetheart, actress Kathy Richards. The couple met when they were just 15 years old.
Kathy and Rick went on to have four children — Paris, Nicky, Barron, and Conrad Jr. While it is quite the milestone that these two have been married for 42 years, both Richard and Kathy are successful in their respective careers.
The Halt on Their Wedding
By now, you might be realizing that where there are the Hilton elites, there are scandals. Another one took place in the late ‘70s, which halted Kathy and Rick’s wedding. While the couple was clearly smitten with one another, it was actually Kathy’s mother, Kathleen Richards, who caused this issue.
She was married to a seedy character who had ties to the Mafia and Kathleen worried that this connection could reign terror on Kathy’s wedding day since Rick was a Hilton heir. So, mother Kathy took extreme measures by divorcing her man.
The OG Kathy
Turns out mama Kathleen was no stranger to holy matrimonies. The mother of three was actually married four times in her lifetime. Rumor has it, she married one of her husbands twice. She was also known to be a very unique parent in that she’d allow her daughters to drive underage and go to nightclubs with her.
Her youngest daughter, Kyle, even wrote a show called American Woman — which was inspired by her life and being raised by her single mom in the ‘70s.
When the Richards girls were growing up, their mother made it very clear to them how important it was that they all end up marrying rich men and having children with them. She apparently even passed this advice on to her granddaughters as well.
She was known to be open about this and would even boast about how all her daughters were married to men that were well-off. Now knowing the depths of the Hilton family history, we’re positive that mother Kathleen gave Kathy her stamp of approval!
A Close-Up on Kathy
Kathleen Elizabeth a.k.a. Kathy Hilton is an American actress, fashion designer, socialite, and philanthropist. In 1968, Kathy began working as an actress and she starred in notable sitcoms like Nanny and the Professor, Bewitched, and Happy Days. Hilton retired in 1979 after marrying Rick.
Now, after four decades of being camera-shy, Kathy will be featured in the upcoming 11th season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (RHOBH), alongside her sister Kyle.
Kathy’s Relationship With Her Sisters
According to Screen Rant, filming the latest season of RHOBH was not easy for both Kyle and Kathy as it’s been a “clash of egos.” The source added that “the sibling rivalry is already intense and it’s bound to get worse!”
As for the third sister, Kim Richards, we see a sneak peek about her in season 11’s trailer where Kyle admits to Kathy that she hasn’t heard from her. Then, Kyle appears quite shocked when Kathy reveals that Kim changed her number.
The Limelight on Kim
Kim Richards had the most successful career out of all the sisters as a child actress. In fact, she began her career before she was even one year old, appearing in a TV commercial for a carpet company.
She then went on to appear in the series Nanny and the Carpet. After that, Kim starred in several iconic Disney films like Escape to Witch Mountain, No Return, and Return From Witch Mountain.
Keeping Up With Kim
While Kim shined bright as a child star, she faced a lot of serious issues as she grew up. These struggles were highlighted for the world to see when she signed on alongside her sister Kyle, to feature as a full-time cast member on RHOBH. However, after five seasons, she was let go.
She later returned as a guest star. Richard’s issues with drinking saw an all-time low when she was arrested twice in 2015 — first for trespassing and resisting an officer and then again for alleged shoplifting.
Kyle vs. Kathy
Fans of RHOBH would know from previous seasons that Kyle and Kathy have had a rocky history. In fact, when Kyle produced American Woman in 2018, which was inspired by their lives growing up, the sisters were estranged.
According to People magazine, Kathy found the show “too personal” and saw it as a betrayal. In response to this, Kyle said that she “felt bad because she (Kathy) thought it was something that it wasn’t.” We’re glad to see the two are on speaking terms again — we think!
Richard Howard “Rick” Hilton is the chairman and co-founder of Hilton & Hyland, a real estate brokerage firm based in Beverly Hills. He was the sixth of eight children to William Barron and Marilyn June Hilton. To this day, his most successful business venture was when he expanded to Malaysia.
In 2012, his company reported almost $3.5 billion in sales. He and Kathy live in Bel Air and share three grandchildren — Nicky’s daughters Lily Grace and Teddy Marilyn, and Barron’s daughter Milou.
Rick vs. Mauricio
For those of you who don’t know who Mauricio Umansky is, his claim to fame isn’t just that he’s the husband of Kyle Richards but also that he’s one of America’s top real estate agent moguls. His feud with Rick Hilton apparently began when he made the decision to leave Rick’s company, Hilton & Hyland, in order to start his own real estate firm.
When Kyle was asked about the family drama once Mauricio left, she responded that it “doesn’t always work well in the family dynamic, and it can complicate things.”
Where Do They Stand Today?
Family is known to fight hard but love even harder. Due to the feud, Mauricio was not invited to Nicky Hilton’s 2015 wedding. However, things have taken a turn for the better. In a 2019 interview with Inman, Mauricio dished out a positive update.
He was quoted saying, “We were definitely in a fight for a while. And it was real. But the families have made up and it was fantastic. We’ve been good for solidly over a year.” We’re happy to report that the drama is officially water under the bridge!
Few people in this world aren’t familiar with Paris Hilton. She was known as the “It” girl from the early 2000s, where she was often seen partying alongside other famous faces like Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. Her fame only escalated after she starred in the iconic reality TV show The Simple Life with her friend Nicole Richie.
After her stint on TV, she began building her business empire. Paris has created hundreds of successful products from perfumes to fashion lines and collaborations.
A Business Mogul
While some might associate the bombshell with the ‘dumb blonde’ stereotype, she’s actually far from that. This American media personality and businesswoman wears many hats, from her lucrative DJ career to being an actress, singer, and New York Times best-selling author.
She reportedly made $2.7 million for four DJ sets. While this seems like a lot, it barely dents the surface of her $300 million net worth. Not bad, boss lady!
The Bling Ring Scandal
A group of teenagers in LA named themselves “The Bling Ring” gang as they went on a spree of robbing the homes of numerous celebrities, including our very own Paris.
The robbers even bragged that her home was easy to gain access to since she left a spare key under her doormat. This story might sound familiar to you since it was turned into a Hollywood movie and in good spirit, Paris cameoed in it!
This Is Paris
In 2020, she released a documentary about her life on YouTube entitled This Is Paris. The docu-film showed the world a very vulnerable and unfiltered side of Paris where she touched on the trauma and abuse that she faced as a teenager at a reformatory school.
She admitted to constructing her known persona as a way to shield herself from her past demons. The film also helped shed light on the violence faced at these “tough love” boarding schools.
Paris’ Previous Engagements
Not too many know this but Paris first got engaged just before she turned 21 years old. Model Jason Shaw who was eight years her senior popped the question with a large pear-shaped diamond ring back in 2002 but the two were over a year later.
Then, in 2005, Hilton got engaged to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis — yes, you heard that correctly — the couple share the same name! While it sounds like they would be a heavenly match, she broke it off just a few months later.
Chris and Carter
After returning Latsis’ $5 million engagement ring back to him, Paris found love again in 2018 with actor Chris Zylka. He proposed with a 20-carat ring while on top of a mountain in Aspen. However, she only wore it for 10 months because the two split in November of that same year.
Now, before we think this is a never-ending story, we have happy news to report on. In 2021, while vacationing for her 40th birthday, Paris got engaged to long-time family friend and businessman Carter Reum.
Who Is Carter?
40-year-old Reum’s claim to fame is not only his proposal to Paris Hilton. In fact, he is an affluent venture capitalist and founder of M13, which is an investor film. He’s backed up some successful startups like Lyft and the shoe brand Rothy’s.
Then, in 2018, he published a book alongside his brother Courtney called Shortcut Your Startup: Ten Ways to Speed Up Entrepreneurial Success. So, much like his fiancée, Carter wears many hats in the business world.
Paris in Love
Peacock recently announced a new reality show that will follow Paris as she prepares for her wedding nuptials to venture capitalist Carter Reum. The 13-part docuseries will feature all the big events prior to the day, such as bridal dress shopping and embarking on her bachelorette party.
We’re sure the latter event promises to be crazy fun! According to the official logline, fans of Paris can expect to see a more personable side of her that is not often seen.
Paris’ Younger Sister
In Paris’ younger and more risque days, chances are that where you’d see her partying it up, you’d also see her baby sister, Nicky Hilton. Today, Nicky is a businesswoman, fashion designer, model, socialite, and mother of two.
She is also a member of the Rothschild family through her marriage to James Rothschild. James is the grandson of Victor Rothschild, while Nicky’s family history needs no explanation.
Nicky’s Past Suitors
Before Nicky and James exchanged their vows, she had actually said them before. Nicky was previously married to Chairman and CEO of Meister Company Todd Meister in 2004. He was 13 years her senior.
The two divorced that same year. After her first marriage, Nicky was linked to actors like Kevin Connolly and Ian Somerhalder. Then, from 2006 until 2011, she was in a serious relationship with producer and director David Katzenberg.
Along Came Baron II
Paris and Nicky’s younger brother, Barron II, keeps his personal life pretty under wraps. However, back in 2008, the young model dealt with a legal case when he harmed a gas station worker. Baron ended up paying a whopping $4.9 million to the victim.
But, then in 2016, he met his now-wife at a New Year’s Eve party in St Barts. Her name is Tessa Grafin von Walderdorff and the two share a daughter together named Milou Alizee Hilton.
Baron Used to Be Bad Boy
Before he settled down and found love with Tessa, Baron was somewhat of a wild child. He made headlines when he was heavily fined and charged for driving under the influence. His name was plastered all over the media again, when he got into a spat while on Star Island with friends of Lindsay Lohan.
However, Baron has since retired his bad-boy image through his popular Instagram food account, relationship with Tessa, and publicly displaying his love for his dog Nobu.
Let’s Talk About Tessa
We thought that it was only fair to get to know the woman who stole the heart of this ex-bad boy. Countess Tessa June Walderdorff (wow, that’s a mouthful) is an American socialite who has tried her creative hand at many things.
She’s a model, real estate broker, actress, free-lance disc jockey, and fashion writer. See what we mean? Also, her German noble family is of Comital rank. So, it makes sense that she is now married into America’s tabloid royals.
Conrad Hilton III
While he may be the youngest of the bunch, he certainly is not the most innocent. In fact, with all the trouble Conrad has gotten into over the years, he makes Paris’ youthful escapades look like nothing. We’ve taken the liberty of highlighting a few of his biggest controversies.
The latest being in 2017 when he was arrested after allegedly stealing a Bentley from the father of his ex-girlfriend. Turns out, she also had a restraining order against him at the time.
His Troublesome Timeline Continues
Back in 2015, one month after his ex-girlfriend, Hunter Daily, filed for a restraining order, he violated it by breaking into her home. Yes, you read that correctly. The arguably disgraced Hilton threw a temper tantrum once the cops showed up for his arrest.
He had another run-in with the police the previous year when he received a felony charge of reckless evading a police officer after he crashed his BMW.
More on Conrad’s Antics
Another horror story involving Conrad Hilton that made international headlines actually took place on a flight. During a British Airways flight from London to Los Angeles, Conrad’s tantrum began before the plane was even in the sky. He refused to turn his cell phone off before takeoff.
Things only got worse when he was caught smoking illegal substances in the bathroom. He then proceeded to punch the bulkhead and threatened the lives of the flight attendants on board. After this lovely stint, he pleaded guilty to simple assault.
Kathy and Ricky’s Bel Air Mansion
Mr. and Mrs. Hilton rang in 2016 by buying this $9.26 million Bel Air mansion. The luxury five-bedroom and eight-bathroom property is just around the corner from the couple’s house. Yes, you heard us.
This house was merely purchased as an investment property. Must be nice! We’re taking bets as to whether or not Kathy and Rick will hand over this 4,655-square-foot house to one of their four kids.
Paris’ Iconic Mansion
Though her 7,500-square-foot abode sits on half an acre of property and is estimated to be worth over $5 million, it has reportedly been broken into over seven times.
The house must have some real sentimental value to Paris since she still lives there despite the break-ins and even renovated the place in 2020. The five-bedroom and six-bathroom home was built in 1991 and features a luxurious pool in the backyard.
Nicky’s New York City Penthouse
It comes as no surprise that the home of banker and businessman James Rothschild and heiress Nicky Hilton is totally fabulous and featured in Architectural Digest. The converted loft penthouse is situated in the Soho district and exhibits the perfect array between old and new.
What do we mean by this? Well, the home is decorated with some family heirlooms but Nicky explains that it’s also important to her that their daughters can roam free as she didn’t have that luxury growing up in “a house full of antiques and fancy fabrics.”
Grandpa Baron’s Bel Air Estate
On May 14th of this year, the Hilton family sold the late W. Barron Hilton’s luxury estate for $61.5 million. The 15,000-square-foot mansion was made famous by Barron’s granddaughter, none other than Ms. Paris Hilton.
She infamously snuck into the home at three in the morning with world-famous photographer David LaChapelle for her iconic Vanity Fair cover. This Hilton homestead has been kept within the family for nearly 60 years and the only owner was the cofounder of CBS.