Tourists to North Korea are not allowed to use the local currency (the North Korean won), and instead must use a special debit card tied to foreign currencies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Herman Hollerith's invention, the punched card tabulating machine, patented in 1884, marks the beginning of the era of mechanized binary code and semiautomatic data processing systems, and his concepts dominated high-tech for nearly a century. His inventions led to the creation of IBM in 1924. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
The most expensive collection of Pokemon cards is valued at over $10 million, by Gary Haase, a 67-yr old father of 3 from Las Vegas inputmag.com/features/kin…
In 1977 Topps inadvertently issued a Star Wars trading card in which C-3PO appeared to have an erection. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
People in the US got free flights by buying money from the government. People would buy 1$ coins in bulk from the US mint (free shipping) and pay off their credit card bill with the coins. They would buy the coins with credit cards that awarded frequent flyer miles, thus getting them free miles. npr.org/sections/money/20…
There is something called β€œinterchange fee” which is a fee that merchants pay to the bank who issued the card that you paid with. However, this fee differ depending on the card you use. Therefore, these fees are used to pay for your credit card rewards. youtu.be/ySH5SudRwak
Americans spend about $7 to $8 billion on greeting cards each year. greetingcard.org/wp-conte…
Today I learned of Jared Ream, card-carrying member of American Coaster Enthusiasts. At 430 lbs, he got rejected from Cedar Point's "Millenium Force", unable to buckle the restraint. The desire to ride Kings Island's new giga-coaster "Orion" motivated him to lose 190 lbs, so he was able to ride coasters again. dayton.com/what-to-love/h…
Queen Elizabeth II sends a greeting card to anyone in the United Kingdom or a Commonwealth realm celebrating their 100th or 105th birthday, and every birthday after that. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Comedy actress Louise Lasser was arrested for cocaine possession in a charity shop in 1976. Police had been called after Lasser's credit card was denied and she refused to leave the shop without a $150 dollhouse en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Credit Card Information can be stolen wirelessly from an arms length while you still have them in your purse. Thieves wirelessly scanned a credit card in a woman's purse while she exited her vehicle outside a Walmart store and then used it while she was still inside the store. abc11.com/mandy-lopez-hol…
Director/producer Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) worked at Burger King to collect funny stories during a writer's strike. He was given 1 of 12 known special Burger King Crown Cards that give people like Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Laurie, Jennifer Hudson. and Jay Leno unlimited free food for life. rd.com/article/burger-kin…
Kurt Bevacqua, an infielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, won the 1975 Bazooka Bubble Gum Blowing Championship. Topps put the image on his baseball card the next year. mlb.com/news/best-brewers…
The upper limit for Yu-Gi-Oh! decks is 60 cards because someone once entered a tournament with a 2000+ cards deck and that wasn't illegal at the time comicbook.com/anime/amp/n…
The 1996 movie Mars Attacks! was based on a science fiction-themed trading card series of the same name released in 1962 by Topps wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_A…
Today I learned about Ernesto Miranda, the plaintiff in Miranda v Arizona, the Supreme Court case that resulted in the creation of the Miranda Warning. After his release from prison, Miranda made money by selling autographed Miranda warning cards for $1.50. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
Today I learned of Raphael Gray, a hacker who posted stolen data of over 6.5k credit cards, claiming that the law enforcement was too incompetent to stop him. Gray's arrogance annoyed ex-hacker Chris Davis so much that he found Gray's information and informed the FBI about the crime, leading to Gray's arrest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rap…
Vinegar Valentines Were Mean-Spirited and Insulting Cards That Came to Popularity in the Victorian Era For Sending to An Unwanted Suitor or Someone You Didn't Like en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Cards Against Humanity was initially named 'Cardenfreude', a pun on 'Schadenfreude', which is the experience of joy that comes from the humiliation of someone else. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Credit card numbers have a simple checksum digit at the end to prevent entry errors, such as a wrong digit or transposing two numbers. Valid card numbers will never differ by a single digit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luh…
In 2005, the US introduced a new $1 coin that you could buy and have shipped for free. people took advantage of this by buying them with a credit card then immediately using the coins to pay their bill to get free airline miles. one man abused this so much that he earned 4 million airline miles worthly.com/most-expensiv…
At the height of their popularity in the 1990's baseball card manufacturers produced an estimated 81 BILLION cards per year. That's about 325 cards per every man, woman, and child in the United States. failuremag.com/article/th…
A Florida animal shelter removed breed cards and instead sorted dogs into a "Pawgwarts House" by watching each dog play with a "sorting toy": brave Gryffindor pups are athletic, Slytherins are cunning pack leaders, Ravenclaws are problem-solvers, and Hufflepuffs are loyal and friendly. today.com/pets/shelter-so…
Today I learned of "Barcode Battler", a handheld game released in 1991. The β€œbarcode gaming system” came with a variety of cards containing barcodes; each representing a player, enemy or powerup. Players could also experiment to find barcode monsters from everyday products like food and cleaning supplies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Nearly all Japanese cards (credit, train, bus, etc.) have a "insert this side in" marker syowa-takarabako.com/tele…
People living in Commonwealth countries get a birthday card from the Queen of England when they turn 100, 105, and all birthdays after that. gov.uk/get-birthday-anniv…
Daniel Berriganβ€” an anti-war priest wanted by the FBI for raiding a draft office & burning draft cards as part of the β€œCatonsville Nine” in 1968β€” emerged from hiding at a Cornell University rally, gave a speech, & was smuggled offstage inside of a large puppet. He evaded capture for 4 months. ithacajournal.com/story/o…
In 1888, Edward Bellamy predicted the credit card. He wrote a book called "looking backwards" in which everyone uses a mechanical device to monitor and use their money/credit. The device he describes is almost identical to the credit card we are today. bbc.co.uk/teach/live-less…
Pokemon hasn't printed a Kadabra card in 17 years out of fear of another lawsuit by magician Uri Geller. screenrant.com/kadabra-po…
, a bank teller refused to cash Charlize Theron's check when she first came to Hollywood; so she engaged in a shouting match with him. A talent agent, waiting behind her, handed her his business card and subsequently introduced her to casting agents. She made her film debut several months later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
MythBusters made an episode in which they tested credit card security. Discovery was forced not to air the episode, after a conference call with chief Legal Counsels representing the major companies, demanded the episode not be aired – which would expose major flaws in credit card security. youtube.com/watch?v=9IOML…
Today I learned of Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother's Day in 1908. In 1943, she rescinded her support for the holiday due to increased commercialization. However, she was then placed in a Sanitorium for the rest of her life, where her bills were paid by people in the Floral and Greeting Card industries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann…
A the reason why the American and English accents are different is partially because of the Rhotic β€˜R’ - Americans pronounce it, the English don’t. As an example, Card (pronounced CAHD in England became) CARRD in America. rd.com/article/american-b…
A study by Credit Karma found that their members with credit scores between 700 and 799 had an average of six credit cards, and those with scores of 800 or more had an average of seven. businessinsider.com/how-m…
SIM card is not just an ordinary piece of read-only memory. It's a separate micro-computer with its own environment capable of running Java Card applets en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jav…
The 80 character width standard for code originated from the size of old IBM cards. The size of these cards were based on contemporary US Dollar bills so that the creator could use existing filing equipment made for them. infolab.stanford.edu/pub/…
The first plastic credit cards were issued in 1961 by Diners Club International kommersant.ru/doc/1556158
Trading cards originated as cards with different images placed in soft cigarette packs to keep them from bending. Cards would have appealing images on them and people started to trade with each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
The Dubai First Royale MasterCard is considered to be the most exclusive credit card in the world. The card has legitimate gold trim and an actual diamond stud. It's believed that most of the cardholders are members of the Dubai and Saudi royal families, with no limit and no restrictions. cnbc.com/2018/07/06/3-lux…
Hawaii created a new driver's license and state identification cards for Janice "Lokelani" Keihanaikukauakahihulihe'ekahaunael, who complained about having her name shortened on official IDs npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
In 2003 the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency created a set of playing cards to help the military identify key Iraqi leaders. To date, out of the 52 leaders carded, 47 have been either killed or captured en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
About $3 billion in gift cards go unused every year. Any unspent money goes back to the retailer or bank. cnbc.com/2020/01/10/3-bil…
In 1995 Australian costume designer Lizzy Gardiner wore a dress made entirely of genuine, but expired, American Express Gold cards to the 67th Academy Awards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
American Express cards aren't accepted everywhere because Amex is a 'charge card', requiring customers to pay off balances monthly. Since they make little-to-no profit off interest payments & have competitive reward offerings, they raise their per-transaction interchange fees to compensate. experian.com/blogs/ask-ex…
The first ATM was patented by Scotsman James Goodfellow in 1966. The first one was invented by John Shepherd -Barron and unveiled in London 1967, Shepherd - Barron's one used impregnated cheques. Where's name Goodfellow's used a plastic card similar to today's machines. bbc.com/news/amp/uk-scotl…
Today I learned about a British General too nice to execute after being captured by the IRA. He drank and played card with his captors and even helped in the fields. Its believed he was allowed escape bbc.com/news/uk-england-b…
Magician Uri Geller sued over the Pokemon Kadabra, claiming unauthorized identity appropriation due to Kadabra's Japanese name being similar to Geller's and the Pokemon being a psychic type with bent spoons. He banned production of the pokemon on cards in 2002, which he lifted recently. wikipedia.org/wiki/Uri_Ge…
Today I learned of John "Blind Jack" Metcalf who, despite being blind since the age of Six, was an accomplished diver, swimmer, card player and fiddler and the first professional road builder to emerge from the Industrial Revolution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The Yakuza, a historically notorious group of Japanese gangsters, is named after the most losing hand in a Japanese card game that somewhat resembles Blackjack and Go Fish. sljfaq.org/afaq/yakuza.ht…
Despite it being common practice for casinos to ban card counters, a 1979 New Jersey Supreme Court decision banned all Atlantic City casinos from doing so, making them the only state in America where a casino is forbidden from throwing out skilled blackjack players. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…

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