‘You smell like a toilet’ Apple founder to his daughter before his death

Years after Apple Founder Steve Jobs died her daughter has come out to show the world how much of a strained relationship the two had in her book Small Fry.

Lisa Brennan-Jobs says that in his death bed her father told her she was  getting nothing and that she smelt like a toilet in what was to be their last meeting before his death.

The Apple founder made the cruel dig at  as he lay dying of cancer because he smelled the rose facial mist she had sprayed on herself.In her new book, Small Fry, which is out September 4, Lisa reveals how her billionaire father once turned nasty and told her: ‘You’re getting nothing’ when she asked to have his Porsche when he was done with it.

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‘You’re not getting anything, you understand?’ Jobs told her.

Lisa writes that Jobs spoke in ‘such a sour, biting way’ and that he once told ‘I’m one of the most important people you will ever know.’

Her memoir gives unprecedented detail about the troubled relationship with her father which was featured in the 2015 biopic about him with Michael Fassbender in the lead role.

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Lisa Brennan-Jobs

She says that for her father, her very existence was a disappointment and a source of shame.

As she puts it, in his eyes she was a ‘blot on a spectacular ascent, as our story did not fit with the narrative of greatness and virtue he might have wanted for himself.’

She writes:

“My existence ruined his streak. For me, it was the opposite: the closer I was to him, the less I would feel ashamed; he was part of the world, and he would accelerate me into the light.”

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Lisa, now 40, was born in 1978 after Jobs had a five-year relationship with her mother Chrisann Brennan which ended when she became pregnant.Acrimony and a court case followed during which Jobs took a paternity test and still denied that he was Lisa’s father.

According to Daily Mail Jobs, who died in 2011, even claimed that he was ‘sterile and infertile’ yet went on to have three children with his wife Laurene Powell.

Jobs finally reconciled with Lisa and apologized when she was nine years old, but the wounds of his behavior never really healed and the two had a strained, difficult relationship.

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The late Steve Jobs founder of Apple and his daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs

In an excerpt of Small Fry in Vanity Fair magazine, Lisa writes about how she used to tell her school friends: ‘I have a secret, my father is Steve Jobs’.

She told them that her father had named an early Macintosh computer after her.She would boast to friends saying that

“He’s famous. He invented the personal computer. He lives in a mansion and drives a Porsche convertible. He buys a new one every time it gets a scratch’. For a long time I hoped that if I played one role, my father would take the corresponding role”

She adds

“I would be the beloved daughter,he would be the indulgent father.I decided that if I acted like other daughters did, he would join in the lark. We’d pretend together, and in pretending we’d make it real. If I had observed him as he was, or admitted to myself what I saw, I would have known that he would not do this, and that a game of pretend would disgust him.”

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During one visit to Jobs’s house Lisa plucked up the courage to ask her father about his Porsche and said: ‘Can I have it when you’re done?’

Jobs replied: ‘Absolutely not’. Lisa writes that, judging by his reaction, she thought the story she’d been told about him replacing it after a scratch wasn’t true.

But worse was to come,She writes: ‘I wished I could take it back. We pulled up to the house and he turned off the engine. Before I made a move to get out he turned to face me.

‘You’re not getting anything’, he said. ‘You understand? Nothing. You’re getting nothing’.

‘Did he mean about the car, something else, bigger? I didn’t know. His voice hurt – sharp, in my chest. The light was cool in the car, a white light on the roof had lit up when the car turned off. Around us was dark. I had made a terrible mistake and he’d recoiled’.

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Study finds ties restrict blood flow to the brain

Ties are something of a standard office-wear for men.

But a new study warns the accessory could be hampering their work performance by compressing veins that are key for blood flow to the brain.

A small study on found a significant drop in brain functioning among men who wore neckties,with bloodflow down 7.5%.

Experts warn it will be enough to impact cognitive functioning.


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According to Daily Mail, prior to the study, other researchers had found evidence that a necktie increases pressure in a wearer’s eyes.

However, there was little more published about what they dubbed ‘this socially desirable strangulation’ and how it affects the brain.


A smooth and steady flow of blood to the brain is crucial for all our neurons and cells to continue ticking along, transmitting messages and making it possible to respond instantly to an issue, conundrum or threat.

Those are something of an endorsement for the increasingly popular tech-bro uniform championed by Mark Zuckerberg and the late Steve Jobs, doing away with ties in favor of stretchy attire.



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Three Steve Jobs business cards auctioned for Sh1 million

Three Steve Job’s business cards have been auctioned for  $10,050 equivalent to Sh1 million in an annual gala and fundraiser by the marine school in California.

The cards were bought by Tina Knowles the boss of Stacks a digital business start up. Stacks is a smartphone application offering digital storage of business cards.

According to Ibtimes UK the three cards date from 1984 to 1990 and are from the three companies Steve Jobs was involved with namely Apple, NeXT and Pixar.

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Jobs rejected Tim Cook’s liver: book

Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook offered part of his liver for a transplant to Steve Jobs before the company co-founder died, but the offer was rejected, a new book states. The book said Jobs reacted angrily to the offer to help extend his life when he was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

“He cut me off at the legs, almost before the words were out of my mouth,” said Cook, according to the book, “Becoming Steve Jobs,” due to be released later this month by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli. Cook quoted Jobs as saying, “I’ll never let you do that. I’ll never do that.”

Jobs refused the offer even though Cook had the same rare blood type as Jobs and as a result would have been compatible, the book said. Because the liver can regenerate, a partial transplant from a living donor can often be successful.

Cook told the authors he was surprised by Jobs’s reaction to the liver offer, according to excerpts of the book released by the magazine Fast Company.

“Somebody that’s selfish doesn’t reply like that,” he said. “I said, ‘Steve, I’m perfectly healthy, I’ve been checked out. Here’s the medical report. I can do this and I’m not putting myself at risk.’

“Steve only yelled at me four or five times during the 13 years I knew him, and this was one of them.”

The Apple co-founder later did receive a liver transplant in 2009. He died in October 2011 at age 56 after a long battle with cancer.