"Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole was famous for his drunk shenanigans. During one epic drinking session with Oscar-winning actor Peter Finch, they tried to order drinks at a bar after closing time. The landlord refused to serve them - so they wrote out a cheque and bought the bar uk.movies.yahoo.com/blogs…
Each person who becomes 100 years old receives a congratulatory letter signed by the President with a gift cheque of €2,540 in Ireland. This custom is called the "Centenarian Bounty" and also applies to foreign national residents of the country. irishtimes.com/news/irela…
During the 2008 financial crisis, Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ made a $9 billion investment in Morgan Stanley, to keep it from collapsing. The emergency deal was confirmed on Columbus Day, when banks are closed, so the money couldn't be wired - so Mitsubishi UFJ wrote out a $9,000,000,000 cheque businessinsider.com/the-9…
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…
Final unit of the Ferrari Enzo (400th) was gifted to John Paul II by Ferrari and some people sugested it become a new Popemobile but it was auctioned off in 2005. John Paul II's successor, Benedict XVI, received a cheque with the proceeds to be donated to charity. youtube.com/watch?time_co…
The mother of a sick baby asked Ronaldo for an autographed shirt so she could sell it for the baby's treatment. He sent her a signed shirt and cheque for $83,000. as.com/futbol/2014/03/11/…
Today I learned about the Irish bank strikes. About a year in total, economists predicted a massive economic catastrophe; however, "The effect on the Irish economy was surprisingly small, as Irish citizens traded cheques among themselves based on mutual trust, effectively substituting them for cash." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
While working on "Malcolm In The Middle," Bryan Cranston joined a song writers guild so that he got paid royalties for the tunes he hummed and whistled on the show. He threw parties for the cast and crew with the royalty cheques and as a result the crew encouraged more humming. youtube.com/watch?v=qPXcO…
, Texas billionaire and former Presidential candidate Ross Perot wrote a blank cheque to fund and save the 500-year old Treaty Oak in Austin Texas which was poisoned by a vandal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
In 1989 the Oakland A's Accounting Department was freaking out over a $1M surplus. Turns out, Ricky Henderson framed his $1M signing bonus cheque and hung it on his wall without cashing it. youtube.com/watch?v=aXiAq…
Hugh Hefner's father, a public accountant, turned him down when he needed money to start Playboy as he did not think the magazine was a good business investment. However, as he was about to leave, his mother took him aside and gave him a $1000 cheque from her savings to help his venture ca.askmen.com/celebs/inte…
Today I learned of George Koval, who, in WWII, was an American soldier that secretly gave info the USSR about the Manhattan Project. In 1999, although living in Russia and having been outed as a spy for nearly a half-century, he applied for an American Veteran's Social Security Cheque. He was denied. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
A man tried to cash a cheque he got in some junk mail for $95,000 and the bank did it! ft.com/cms/s/2/93a47a62-d…
In 2006, every Canadian resident who resides in Alberta received a cheque for $400.00 theglobeandmail.com/news/…
When Jim Carrey was broke he wrote himself a cheque for $10 million and gave himself 5 years, in those 5 years he went over the $10 million mark because of Dumb & Dumber and The Mask youtu.be/DXwVD2ncqfE?t=1m…
Other countries spell the word "check" as "cheque", but only in the banking sense. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban…
When Irish Banks went on strike for 6 months in the 1970s, people used pubs to cash their pay-cheques and to keep the economy running. bbc.co.uk/programmes/p053…
Many of China's lottery winners have donned masks (and some even full costumes) when claiming their multi-million prizes. This has led to photos of people dressed as Baymax, yellow bears, and even a giant panda holding the novelty cheques of their winnings. odditycentral.com/news/ch…
In Canada, a common way to pay your monthly rent is to give your new landlord 12 cheques, dated for the first day of the next 12 months cic.gc.ca/english/newcome…
Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule and Nobel prize laureate, sent a letter accompanied by a cheque for 10 guineas to Winston Churchill, saying that the money should be used for the establishment of a brothel at the Cambridge University, instead of a chapel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
A man called Patrick Combs deposited a junk-mail cheque for $95,000 - and the bank cashed it nytimes.com/1995/08/20/us…
The signature line on checks/cheques is not a line at all! It's actually the word 'signature' written over and over again. brokensecrets.com/2011/05…
The band Oasis promised a full refund for a show, but after immediately regretting the offer, issued autographed cheques with the band's logo on it, in the hopes that people would frame them instead of cashing them. theguardian.com/music/200…
Atari's first world tournament in 1981 didn't go so well with initial winning cheques bouncing, low participation and contestants having to use their own quarters for games ausretrogamer.com/the-ata…
An over sized cheque (ie Publishers Clearing House sized) can be redeemed for their cash value, but a bank may charge you extra for clearing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Bill Murray gave Wes Anderson a cheque for 25,000 for a helicopter to help film a shot in Rushmore. townandcountrymag.com/lei…
Nobel prize laureate receives a diploma, a gold medal and a cheque worth 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.5 million, 1.0 million euros) alarabiya.net/articles/20…
Nail polish remover can be used in cheque fraud. conman.com.au/7-ways-to-u…
In 1982 Kuwait's unofficial stock market had the 3rd highest market capitalization globally until it crashed due to high levels of speculation, unsecured post-dated cheques, and shell companies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Oversized "novelty" cheques can be cashed, provided they have all the information a cheque (check) usually has. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The Knights Templars established an early yet advanced banking system involving safety deposit boxes, cheques and loans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kni…
A. B. Rogers, who discovered and for whom Rogers Pass in British Columbia is named, received a $5000 cheque for discovering it and had it named after him. Rogers didn't care about the money, only the name, and framed the cheque rather than cashing it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._…
The Canadian government will be phasing out paper cheques as of 2016 seniorlivingmag.com/artic…
There's such a thing as a left-handed cheque book anythinglefthanded.co.uk/…
A man once cheated his way to winning Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, before the show found out and cancelled the cheque. youtu.be/cOBXeB6Q5Jk
All Palestinian families who had a member killed by Israeli troops after the outbreak of the Second Intifada received a $10,000 cheque from Iraq's then president Saddam Hussein en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Far…
Bill Murray wrote Wes Anderson a blank cheque so that he wouldn't have to cut a scene from Rushmore rushmore.shootangle.com/a…
Todd Salimuchai, a man with no citizenship, tried hijacking a plane after being tortured in China for illegally immigrating to cash a $800k drug money cheque. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tod…
Canadian cheques can legally be written in English, French or Inuit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
Cult film director John Waters felt ripped off by Rugrats Go Wild for its use of Odorama (scratch-and-sniff cards). He later remarked, "A cheque would have been an homage." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rug…
The US government sends a cheque to Cuba every year for USD$4000 to lease Guantanamo Bay and the Cuban government ignores them as they don't consider the deal legitimate en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub…
Legendary Oakland Athletic Rickey Henderson once framed and hung a $1 million signing bonus cheque instead of cashing it, until team accountants noticed a discrepancy and had it rectified. complexmag.ca/sports/2012…
Jim Carrey wrote himself the now legendary cheque for $10 million, which he kept in his wallet and subsequently and poignantly placed in his fathers pocket at Percy's funeral. jimcarreyonline.com/info/…
In 1980, a bet was made on rising commodities prices between Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich and growth economist Julian Simon. Erlich lost in 1990 and mailed a cheque to Simon for $576.07 without even including a note, still less admit he was wrong newscientist.com/article/…
The Knights Templar Invented Cheques

"Although the primary mission of the Order was military, relatively few members were combatants. The others acted in support positions to assist the knights and to manage the financial infrastructure. The Templar Order, though its members were sworn to individual poverty, was given control of wealth beyond direct donations. A nobleman who was interested in participating in the Crusades might place all his assets under Templar management while he was away. Accumulating wealth in this manner throughout Christendom and the Outremer, the Order in 1150 began generating letters of credit for pilgrims journeying to the Holy Land: pilgrims deposited their valuables with a local Templar preceptory before embarking, received a document indicating the value of their deposit, then used that document upon arrival in the Holy Land to retrieve their funds. This innovative arrangement was an early form of banking, and may have been the first formal system to support the use of cheques; it improved the safety of pilgrims by making them less attractive targets for thieves, and also contributed to the Templar coffers.[4][14]"

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