Kraft Foods introduced its boxed macaroni and cheese in 1937 when America was in the throes of the Great Depression with the promise that buyers could feed a family of four for 19 cents. Kraft sold 8 million boxes of its quick-and-easy macaroni and cheese the first year smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
The first U.S official coin in circulation, the Fugio Cent, designed by Benjamin Franklin had the insignia "Mind Your Business" instead of the modern design "In God we Trust" and had 13 chain rings on the back representing the 13 states. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fug…
If you don't enjoy music you may have a condition called specific musical anhedonia, which affects three-to-five per cent of the population. mcgill.ca/neuro/channels/…
When 50 Cent started selling drugs, he did it between 3 and 6 PM so that his grandparents, who were raising him, would think that he was at an after school programme. femalefirst.co.uk/celebri…
In 2019 just 20 polymer producers accounted for more than half of all single-use plastic waste generated globally and the top 100 accounted for 90 per cent. minderoo.org/plastic-wast…
United Airlines flight 232β€”which crashed in Iowa in 1989β€”was operating on "Children's Day," a promotion that allowed kids to fly for only 1-cent. Because of this, there were 52 children and 8 infants on boardβ€”many traveling by themselves. 11 children, including one 'lap' child, were killed. popularmechanics.com/flig…
In an effort to avoid raising the nominal price of 5 cents, Coca-Cola had vending machines that would not dispense a coke one out of nine times a nickel was put in. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fix…
In 2006 50 Cent was sued by Luther Campbell's manager for plagiarizing the lines "It's your birthday" in the song "In da Club". However, the lawsuit was dismissed because the phrase was ruled a "common, unoriginal and noncopyrightable element of the song". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_…
Today I learned about Taxi Dance Halls of the late 1920s and early '30s where lonely men looking for human contact paid 10 cents a song to dance with women for a few minutes. In 1931, there were at least 100 taxi dance halls in New York, visited by up to 50,000 men each week. atlasobscura.com/articles…
In the early 1900s, some American parents started the trend of transporting their children by mail. The first child to be mailed was 8-month-old James Beagle. He was sent a few miles away to his grandmother for 15 cents (insured for 50 dollars). The process was made illegal a few years later. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
The game "50 Cent: Blood in the Sand" had a helicopter mission added to it late in the development process because 50 Cent's son asked for helicopters to be in the game en.wikipedia.org/wiki/50_…
The Daily Mail is a predominantly female newspaper in terms of its readership. In fact, it is the only national British newspaper that has more female readers (somewhere between 52 and 55 per cent, according to surveys) than male independent.co.uk/voices/…
The Business Ryokan Asahi, a hotel in Japan, offers a room for only 92 cents a night. A requirement for booking this room is that you agree to be livestreamed during your stay. nypost.com/2019/11/19/thi…
Than in the 1800's, Americans drank, on average, 90 bottles of whiskey per year, or 1.7 bottles per week. This was because at the time, whiskey was sold at twenty-five cents a gallon, making it cheaper than wine, beer, tea, coffee and even milk. moneycontrol.com/news/tre…
Oil magnate J. Paul Getty, one of the richest humans in history, was so miserly that he laundered his own shirts by hand, reused envelopes and paper, made all the phones in his home coin-operated, and stood in line for hours for show tickets to save 50 cents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._…
Martin Couney ran infant incubator exhibits, in which premature babies were displayed to the public for 40 years. He didn’t charge the parents a penny, instead visitors paid 25 Cents to get in. This covered all the costs to run the facility. Many babies with no chances to survive were saved. bbc.com/news/amp/magazine…
In 2005 the UK's Advertising Standards Authority demanded a cancellation of an ad where 50 Cent remarked on having really survived being shot 9 times, saying that the ad was "[..] implying it was possible to survive being shot nine times". Reebok accepted their demands and withdrew the campaign. theguardian.com/media/200…
In September 1978, a paint scraper worth 15 cents was dropped into the torpedo launcher of the US nuclear submarine USS Swordfish, jamming the loading piston in its cylinder. When divers failed to free the piston, the sub had to be drydocked and repaired at a staggering cost of 171,000$ . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
China was a net exporter of crude oil until 1996. Since then, oil imports have risen sharply and account for over 70 per cent of its domestic consumption. esi.nus.edu.sg/docs/esi-b…
Upstate New York resident Anthony Mancinelli worked as a barber for 96 years, from the age of 12 until 6 weeks before his death at the age of 108. When he began cutting hair in 1923, he charged 25 cents for his services. Leading up to his death in 2019, he charged $19 for a haircut edition.cnn.com/2019/09/2…
The movie Palm Springs was the largest ever sale from Sundance, by 69 cents. variety.com/2020/film/new…
Gas prices have that extra 9/10 of a cent at the end because of a Federal Tax law implemented in 1932 that was set to expire, but never did. auto.howstuffworks.com/fu…
US Stocks used to trade cents in fractions up until 2001. (Ex: $20 1/4 ) investopedia.com/terms/d/…
: In Victorian UK drunks would literally hang over a rope to sleep for 2-cents/pence historic-uk.com/CultureUK…
A person with a one-hour commute has to earn 40 per cent more money to be as satisfied with life as someone who walks to the office. econstor.eu/bitstream/104…
Italy issued some one cent coins with the design for the two cent on them by mistake. Although production was stopped right after the error was discovered, there are still several of the coins around. A collector paid 6,600 Euros for one of them. italymagazine.com/news/on…
During WW2, DuPont was hired to build the Hanford nuclear site, producing plutonium. Reluctantly, they agreed to do so under a symbolic 1-dollar contract. After the war ended, a government accountant saw construction took 2 rather than the anticipated 3 years, and cut their pay to .68 cents b-reactor.org/wp-content/…
The lowest toll ever paid for crossing Panama Canal was 36 cents by Richard Halliburton in 1928, who swam across the canal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Today I learned about Hetty Green, the Witch of Wall Street. Know as "the greatest miser", she was said never to turn on the heat or use hot water, wore one dress and undergarments until they worn out, didn't wash her hands and ate fifteen cents pies. Her son lost his leg after she refused to pay. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het…
Artists make the most money per stream using Napster at about .019 cents per song whereas services like Apple Music and Spotify payout .00783 cents and .00437 cents respectively dittomusic.com/blog/how-m…
A 2015 study concluded that the the Universe will form over 10 times more planets than currently exist, that our own galaxy is expected to host ∼10^9 Earth-like planets, and that this would imply at least a 92 per cent chance that we are not the only civilization the Universe will ever have. academic.oup.com/mnras/ar…
The Oreo was first sold in 1912. In the United States, they were sold for 25 cents a pound (454 g) in novelty metal canisters with clear glass tops. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ore…
Today I learned of 17th cent. Swedish Queen Christina who surprisingly abdicated her throne. Very bright, and a lover of arts, she almost bankrupt Swed. in her extravagance. Speculators suggest her abdication was a result of her proclivity towards "men's pursuits," wearing men's clothing and refusal to marry. headstuff.org/culture/his…
If the saying "A penny for your thoughts" was adjusted for inflation, each though would be worth two dollars and fifty cents. vox.com/culture/2016/12/6…
GDP of Shenzhen soared from 196 million yuan in 1979 to more than 2.2 trillion yuan in 2018, increasing 2,152-fold with an average annual growth rate of 22.4 per cent. In the same period, GDP per capita grew from 606 yuan to 183,100 yuan (or 28,169 USD in current exchange rate USD/CNY 6.55) metropolis.org/sites/defa…
In the 1952 polio epidemic in Denmark, mortality was over 85 per cent due to a shortage of respirators. Dr Bjorn Ibsen invented a new kind of ventilator, proved it worked and then recruited thousands of volunteers to hand-pump them for weeks (they were fully manual). Mortality fell to 26%. researchgate.net/publicat…
[] that officially, the United States doesn't use a "Penny". Rather, the coin is actually called a "One Cent Piece", or just a "Cent". history.com/news/10-thing…
50 Cent once bought 200 front row seats to a Ja Rule concert just to leave them empty nationalpost.com/entertai…
As a teenager Neil Degrasse Tyson walked people’s dogs and earned 50 cents per dog, per walk, two or three times a day. He saved up $200 and bought his first serious telescope at age 14 money.com/neil-degrasse-t…
The Japanese yen, now worth about one U.S. cent, was originally defined in 1871 as 1.5 g gold, then about one U.S. dollar. Soon after losing most of its value in the aftermath of WWII, Bretton Woods fixed the rate at 360 yen per dollar until 1971. nippon.com/en/column/g005…
Michigan's 10 cent deposit law on cans would be worth nearly 50 cents in today's dollars. bottlebill.org/index.php/…
As of 2018, it costs the US government 2.06 cents to mint a penny, which results in a $90 million annual loss. Also, because the price of the raw materials from which the penny is made exceeds the face value, pennies are illegally melted down for raw materials. usmint.gov/news?flash=yes…
We don't get all of our drinking water from the ocean because it costs $1-2 dollars per cubic meter (264 gallons) to desalinate ocean water, while only costing 10-20 cents to purify fresh water. scientificamerican.com/ar…
The Federal Reserve Bank pays only about 7.7 cents for each dollar bill printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, but that it must pay face value for each coin (penny, nickel, dime, quarter) produced by the U.S. Mint. coinweek.com/featured-new…
Ghana and Ivory Coast produce at least 70 percent of the world's cocoa beans. And the world is running out of cocoa farmers as the next generation refuses to take up this job because of the difficulty of the process and wages as low as 84 cents a day. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
After his presidency, US Grant lost nearly every cent in a Ponzi scheme. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with terminal throat cancer. Pushing through the pain, and with the help of Mark Twain, Grant penned his autobiography in order to not leave his wife with no financial security. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about Ten Cent Beer Night, a MLB promotion on June, 4, 1974, between the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, at Cleveland Stadium, leading to a riot between the teams and fans. Cleveland’s manager sent his team on to the field, with bats, in order to protect the Texas team from drunken fans. mlb.nbcsports.com/2019/06…
On New Order’s first pressing of their hit single Blue Monday, the record label actually lost 20 cents for every copy sold due to the intricately designed packaging, totaling a loss of near $100,000. uk.news.yahoo.com/backspi…
Bottle bills are refunds that consumers can obtain if they return select beverage containers to supermarkets or other redemption centres. The refund is only available in 10 states and ranges from 2 cents to 15 cents per container, most commonly being five cents. ncsl.org/research/environ…
The world's least valuable coin is Uzbekistan’s 1 Tiyin coin; it is worth 0.0000010 of a US dollar (or 1,000 Tiyin = 1 cent) pcgs.com/news/what-is-the…

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