Chase Bank and J.P. Morgan & Co helped Germany in WWII by allowing Nazi sympathizers to purchase Marks (known as RΓΌckwanderer) with dollars to fund the war effort. The banks also turned over their client lists to the Nazis who in turn used it to recruit spies in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Before alarm clocks were cheap or reliable, "knocker-uppers" specialized in waking people up in the morning by shooting dried peas with blow guns at their windows. They would not leave until they made sure that their clients had actually awoken. geriwalton.com/knocker-up…
Today I learned about the time, when a lawyers pants spontaneously combusted in court while defending his client in an arson case miamiherald.com/news/loca…
The infamous Heaven's Gate cult supported themselves by doubling as a moderately successful web design firm. Their clients included the San Diego Polo club and a Christian music store. vice.com/en_us/article/pg…
Frank Lloyd Wright cranked out his masterpiece Fallingwater in just 2 hours β€” the time it took his client to make his surprise visit en route from Milwaukee to Wright's studio at Taliesin. smarthistory.org/frank-ll…
Today I learned about Tatunca Nara, who claimed to be from Akakor, an ancient underground city, located somewhere between Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. He worked as a jungle guide, but several of his clients disappeared, and it was discovered he was actually born in Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tat…
Japan has a thriving 'Fake Family' industry, where clients can rent family members for special occasions or just to alleviate loneliness. youtube.com/watch?v=UEhYM…
Today I learned about Almon Brown Strowger. Strowger's undertaking business was losing clients to a competitor whose telephone-operator wife was redirecting everyone who called for Strowger. Motivated to remove the intermediary operator, he invented the first automatic telephone exchange in 1889. sparkmuseum.org/almon-b-s…
Since 1991, there are japanese companies which offer family rental services. Actors are hired to act as family members, partners or even parents of clients in need of intimacy and social contact en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
There have been "targeted interventions" that show increasing metacognition in clients with schizophrenia can lead to more complex self-reflection and be pivotal in the recovery process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
Today I learned of Gilberto Baschiera, an Italian banker considered a modern-day Robin Hood. Over the course of 7 years, he secretly diverted 1 million euros to poorer clients from the wealthy ones so they could qualify for loans. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
In Ancient Greece, prostitutes were classified into two classes; the Pornai and the Hetairai. The Pornai served many men at once, and frequently worked on the street. In contrast, Hetarai were educated, had few clients, and provided companionship and intellectual discussion as well as sex. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Het…
The character of Ernest P Worrell was created by an ad agency and was so successful at one point they would shoot 25 different versions of a spot in a single day for different customers. They put him in movies because his many previous contracts prevented him working for bigger national clients en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern…
Human Alarm Clocks: Before the advent of reliable and affordable alarm clocks, British and Irish workers were woken up by a person who made sure they could get to work on time. The knocker-up used a baton to knock on clients’ doors or a long and light stick to reach windows on higher floors. notechmagazine.com/2015/0…
To help prostitute's business in 16th c. Venice, the authorities designated a bridge where they could stand and show their breasts to potential clients. The bridge still stands to this day and is called "Ponte delle Tette" or the bridge of tits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pon…
Banks have therapists known as 'wealth psychologist' who help ultra-rich clients, who are unable to mentally cope with their immense wealth. investopedia.com/terms/w/…
Today I learned about Gilberto Baschiera, an Italian banker heralded a as modern-day Robin Hood. Over a period of 7 years, he secretly diverted 1 million euros from wealthy clients to poorer clients so they could qualify for loans. He did not profit from the scheme and avoided jail in 2018 after a plea bargain. bbc.com/news/world-europe…
The Royal Bank of Canada is investing heavily in artificial intelligence, and now has more than 200 data scientists. It has identified a number of digital "ecosystems" where its clients live and work within which the bank believes it can play an "integral role in the future" mississauga.com/news-stor…
Clement Vallandigham, a lawyer and Ohio politician defending a man accused of murder, accidentally shot himself and died while demonstrating how the victim might have accidentally shot himself. His client was cleared. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Operation Midnight Climax was established in order to study the effects of LSD. Sex workers on the CIA payroll were instructed to lure clients back to the safehouses, where they were given LSD and studied through a one way glass to see if this could help the CIA's mind-control research program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
There’s a British criminal lawyer called Sir Harry Potter who plays up his name to jurors to give himself an advantage in court. He has also represented clients named Martin Luther King and Michael Caine radiotimes.com/news/film/…
Today I learned about women who work as surrogate mothers in India have very little rights and their clients often abandon the babies if they do not meet up to their specific criteria such as gender or appearance. youtube.com/watch?v=Hf_hA…
Mangaka Hirohiko Araki was a big fan of Client Eastwood's The Man With No Name from the Dollar's trilogy and Dirty Harry, so much so that he based his character Jotaro Kujo on him. animenewsnetwork.com/inte…
In 1508, Autun, France pressed charges on rats for destroying barley crops. The lawyer representing the rats argued that the court's summons wasn't specific enough to his clients, and that Autun's cat population made it unsafe for his clients to come to court. The rats were acquitted. duhaime.org/LawMuseum/Law…
A lawyer was hired for a traffic case. Instead of sitting his client at the witness table, he dressed another lawyer to look like the client. When the only witness (a policeman) was asked to point to the defendant in the room he pointed to the fake client. The real defendant was found not guilty nytimes.com/1994/07/29/us…
Today I learned of former Australian lawyer turned police informant, Nicola Gobbo. Many previous cases are being reviewed as she may have provided information to police that led to the conviction of her clients; whilst at the same time representing her clients as their defence lawyer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Weighted blankets improves anxiety for Dementia clients too - and it's not that expensive dailycaring.com/weighted-…
The actor that played Kip Dynamite is an accomplished commercial director and photographer with T mobile, Nintendo, and Coke as some of his clients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aar…
In 1935, the U.S. Senate found a lawyer in contempt for allowing his clients to destroy documents under subpoena and jailed him for ten days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jur…
A single cleaner wrasse fish works removing bloodsucking parasites from up to 2,000 client fish per day. They sometimes cheat their clients by taking illicit bites of the protective mucus covering their skin. If a client gets upset, they try to make amends by offering a complementary fin massage theatlantic.com/science/a…
Rather than have clients think they may have bought damaged goods, a car dealer dumped 22 brand new Austin A-40s into Vancouver, BC's English Bay hagerty.com/articles-vide…
A lawyer had his client sit in the stands and had a similar looking friend to sit where the defendant usually sits, so that when pointed out the witness would pick the wrong person getting his client off free nytimes.com/1994/07/29/us…
Today I learned about the Rabbi Mendel Epstein, who headed a kidnapping ring in New Jersey. His clients paid him specifically to capture and torture Orthodox Jewish husbands, forcing them to grant their wives a religious divorce or 'Get'. After an FBI sting he was sentenced to 10 years in 2015. nj.com/ocean/index.ssf/20…
Today I learned about Max Jacobson, aka Dr. Feelgood. He was a high profile amphetamine dealer in the early 1900s who advertised his laced product as "vitamins with enzymes" and sold to many celebrities including John F. Kennedy and Elvis Presley. He is blamed for the decline in several of his clients careers. nytimes.com/1972/12/04/ar…
There are sorcerers in Mexico City markets who claim to put spells and curses on people, including death. One ritual session costs $450 USD and a good client can spend $4,000 USD in a year youtu.be/8eh2J6-eZqI?t=10…
A lawyer was hired for a traffic case. Instead of sitting his client at the witness table, he dressed another lawyer to look like the client. When the only witness (a policeman) was asked to point to the defendant in the room, he pointed to the fake client. The real client was found not guilty nytimes.com/1994/07/29/us…
It’s a myth that sex workers don’t kiss clients. Clients just have to pay for the intimate privilege of The Girlfriend Experience, which includes open mouth kissing including tongue. it emphasizes β€œauthenticity” and β€œconnection” bodyandsoul.com.au/sex-re…
Clement Vallandigham, a defense lawyer in a murder trial accidentally shot himself and died while reenacting the possibility of a victim accidentally shooting and killing themselves instead of his client. The defendant was then set free. bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-maga…
Cesar Millan, aka "Dog Whisperer," had Jada Smith, wife of Will Smith, as one of his first clients. She was satisfied so much she paid for one year of English tutoring so he can be aired on US television. cesarsway.com/cesar-milla…
Sheila Vogel-Coupe, age 85 as of 2014, was believed to be Britain’s oldest working prostitute. She became a sex worker at the age of 81. She serviced an average of 10 clients a week and charged upwards of $420 an hour. timesofisrael.com/this-je…
Some American insurance companies employ private firefighter brigades to defend the properties of wealthy clients during wildfires. nbcnews.com/storyline/wes…
Banks have therapists known as 'wealth psychologist' who help ultra-rich clients who are unable to mentally cope with their immense wealth. investopedia.com/terms/w/…
Today I learned about Cleaner Wrasse- a small fish that eats parasites and dead scales off of other fish. Each cleaner wrasse sets up shop at a particular spot on the Coral reef β€” kind of like a string of car washes β€” and the client fish line up at their favorite station to have their parasites removed freakonomics.com/podcast/…
In the 1980s nail salons projected images of the clients they wanted to attract using artist, Patrick Nagel style prints. thenailscape.com/patrick-…
Today I learned of Operation Midnigt Climax, an offshoot of Project MKUltra, in which prostitutes on the CIA payroll were instructed to drug unsuspecting clients with LSD who would then be monitored via two-way mirrors by field agents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
A fitness trainer intentionally gained over 70 pounds to better understand the plight of his overweight clients. Then lost it all again six months later. cnn.com/2012/06/05/health…
The Amityville Horror is an admitted hoax, confessed to by the lawyer that assisted in fabricating the story; The motive for which, was to gain a new trial for his client Butch DeFeo (the man who murdered his family whilst they slept in the house) snopes.com/fact-check/the…
There are companies who openly provide clients with hired actors to pose as fans, paparazzi, security guards, and professional paid protesters. crowdsondemand.com/
The CIA set up brothels, dosed the unsuspecting clients with LSD, and then watched them having sex with the prostitutes behind a one way mirror en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Clement Vallandigham, a lawyer and Ohio politician defending a man accused of murder, accidentally shot himself while demonstrating how the victim might have unintenionally killed himself. His client was cleared. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Over 50 of the largest life insurance companies in the US are being sued for not paying claims on millions of policies. In many cases the insurers knew the client was deceased and continued collected premiums via policy loans which would cause them to lapse over time. cbsnews.com/news/60-minut…
Private companies are now providing trained birds of prey to take down hostile drones and protect their clients' airspace guardfromabove.com/servic…
Kansas serial killer, the BTK Killer, installed alarms as a part of his job, and many of his clients had booked the company to stop BTK from ever entering their homes, unaware that BTK himself was installing them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
When Linda McCartney was four years old her lawyer father asked a client to write a song named after her. "Linda" was recorded by Buddy Clark and hit #1 in 1947. The song was recorded again in 1963 by duo Jan and Dean. youtube.com/watch?v=Ej2Hu…
A convicted murderer swore an affidavit that an innocent man was behind bars for a crime the murderer committed, and that affidavit sat in a safe for 26 years due to the sanctity of attorney-client privilege nbcnews.com/id/24083675/n…
Robert Garrow admitted murdering two girls to his lawyers, who went out to find the bodies. They moved and photographed the corpses but did not inform the police because of their oath of client confidentiality. Despite severe backlash, both were eventually exonerated from any wrongdoing. lawtimesnews.com/author/n…
Wally Amos, the founder of Famous Amos cookies, was the first African-American talent agent at William Morris. There, he represented artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, and Sam Cooke. He attracted clients by sending them chocolate chip cookies along with an invitation to visit him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Brothels & sex clubs in the Logano region of Switzerland have been stocking defibrillators to prevent clients from being killed by heart attacks triggered by sexual activity telegraph.co.uk/news/news…
A Polish company runs a Witcher live action roleplay, in which their clients roleplay as witchers in training in an actual castle in Poland. witcherschool.com/en/home…
Banks have therapists who help their super rich clients who mentally unable to cope with their immense wealth. motherjones.com/politics/…
The BTK serial killer had a job installing security systems. Many of his clients booked the company to stop BTK from entering their homes, unaware that BTK himself was installing them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Colonel SANDERs got fired from a dozen jobs; was a lawyer who once assaulted his own client in court; started a restaurant that when went out of business and found himself broke at the age of 65; That's when he started KFC content.time.com/time/nat…
A defense lawyer (who was also a congressman) in a murder trial accidentally shot himself and died while reenacting the possibility of a victim accidentally shooting and killing themselves instead of his client; the defendant was then set free. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Clients of a Swiss strip club were blackmailed by people who informed them, "We know who you are and what you did", further claiming, "We are moralists and you are our target. We hope that you are not suffering from amnesia, otherwise we need to jog your memory with a few photos." cnbc.com/2016/02/24/swiss…
A lawyer defending a man accused of murder accidentally shot himself while demonstrating how the victim might have accidentally shot himself. His client was cleared. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Today I learned of John/Eleanor Rykener, a 14th century transvestite sex worker in London. Trained as an embroideress, John dressed as a woman & entertained male clients by night. Among his regulars were several clergymen, which he preferred because they paid better, though he also had sex with "many nuns". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
During a court case a defense attorney donned a Tigger costume to prove that his client did not fondle a teenage girl nbcnews.com/id/5605100/ns…
A lawyer named James Thronton only works for one client- the Earth- and even managed to successfully sue the UK government to admit that it was breaching legal limits for air pollution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Diners Club was the first independent credit card company. Cofounder Frank McNamara had the idea in 1949 after dining with clients and realizing he had forgotten his wallet. He later returned to the restaurant and paid with a cardboard charge card and a signature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
In Chile bars serve "bigoteado/mushtached" that is fully composed of wine left in cups by clients that is mixed together and sold at a reduced price. southamerica.cl/Chile/Dri…
A man was wrongly convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison even though two lawyers received a confession from their client but couldn't say anything because of attorney-client privilege prevented them from implicating their client. cbsnews.com/news/26-year-…
Adrenaline addicts in France can buy a basic kidnap package where they're bundled away, bound and gagged, and kept incarcerated for four hours. Clients have no idea when the kidnappers will strike in order to maximize the surprise. reuters.com/article/2010/…
In 1871 Clement Vallandigham, a lawyer and Ohio politician defending a man accused of murder, accidentally shot himself while demonstrating how the victim might have accidentally shot himself. His client was cleared. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Today I learned of the Cab-Rank Rule. All English & Welsh barristers have an obligation to take on any case that comes their way, assuming that the case is in their area of expertise and the client is paying their usual rate. This is to ensure everybody gets fair representation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cab…
In 1973 in NY, a man was arrested for murder. He revealed to his lawyers where 2 other bodies (of at that time missing) teens were buried. They withheld the information from police & the families. Vilified at the time, they’re now considered heroes for upholding attorney/client privilege. abajournal.com/magazine/a…
In 1914, Chicago attorney George Remus unsuccessfully defended his client in a murder trial using the then unheard-of plea of not guilty due to temporary insanity. 13 years later, Remus murdered his ex-wife, pleaded not guilty due to temporary insanity, and was acquitted. immigrantentrepreneurship…
Today I learned of Sufiah Yusof, a genius child enrolled at Oxford at 12 who became a prostitute entertaining clients with her ability to recite equations during sexual acts. bbc.com/future/story/2015…
Only the very lowest ranked ninjas actually did fieldwork and went on missions. Higher ranked ninjas, generally recruited from the upper classes, tended to keep their hands clean and acted as administrators taking contracts and meeting with clients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
Years ago Hulk Hogan missed a call from his agent to sponsor a new indoor grill who then gave it to George Foreman, who was also his client. George Foreman earned nearly $500 million off marketing the grill sescoops.com/hulk-hogan-r…
Old-timey Adirondack guides referred to their clients as "sports," and did all the camp chores to insure their "sports" had the most relaxing hunting expedition possible adkbaskets.com/1308/packb…
The story that NASA spent $1 million on a space pen while the soviets simply used a pencil is false. The pen was developed by a private company without any taxpayer dollars and NASA simply became a client afterwards. scientificamerican.com/ar…
A woman, who was a private cook, had to keep changing jobs because her clients kept mysteriously getting sick or dying. She was later found to be the first person in the US that was a healthy carrier of Typhoid. She unintentionally infected 53 people, lending her the name "Typhoid Mary" en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/T…
Electronic Arts is not even in the top 5 companies in terms of game sales in 2016. The top spot goes to Tencent, a Chinese company that makes casual games for the QQ messaging client. They raked in over twice as much profit as EA last year. vgchartz.com/article/2677…
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright procrastinated on his plan for Fallingwater for nine months after it was commissioned. He ended up drawing the plans in one sitting as his client was making a 140 mile trip to Wright's studio. khanacademy.org/humanitie…
The CEO of Lifelock, had his identity stolen 13 times after posting his real Social Security No. The company was sued by Experian for placing false fraud alerts on clients, thus keeping LifeLock clients' files in a constant state of alert. They also were fined $12 million for false advertising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lif…
The American Express Black Card, a card made from titanium, is offered to AMEX clients that spend at least $21K per month and comes with a dedicated concierge, travel agent, free airline tickets, personal shoppers and other elite memberships. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cen…
Colonel Sanders was once a successful lawyer, but his legal career ended when he got into a courtroom brawl with his client. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Today I learned of an accountant who murdered his client, a $5 million lottery winner, because he was pushed over the edge by her continued wasteful spending heraldsun.com.au/news/nat…
Today I learned of the Cleaner wrasse, a fish that cleans other fish of bacteria. They create "safe zones" for their clients, where predator fish clients will not prey on other fish clients. nature.com/news/2008/0809…
Before alarm clocks were invented, there was a profession called a knocker-up, which involved going from client to client and tapping on their windows (or banging on their doors) with long sticks until they were awake. It lasted into the 1920s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kno…
The CIA paid prostitutes to dose unsuspecting clients with LSD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
The famed "Chicken Ranch" brothel in Texas gained it's name because the madame implemented the "poultry standard" during the great depression. Clients could receive one sexual act in exchange for a chicken. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Valve originally approached Microsoft and other companies to create a game client with features like auto-updating and a better anti-cheat system but were refused. So Valve developed it themselves and made Steam. eurogamer.net/articles/ms…
In 1975, Queen's manager, John Reid, played "Bohemian Rhapsody" for Elton John (another one of his clients) prior to its release. Elton retorted, "Are you mad? You'll never get that on the radio!". The song eventually reached #1, and Elton covered it at Freddie Mercury's tribute concert in 1992. songfacts.com/detail.php?…
Nigerian startups and digital entrepreneurs often hide or change their IP addresses so prospective foreign clients and funders can’t immediately identify that they’re working from Nigeria due to its negative scam reputation ibtimes.com/nigerian-emai…
Today I learned about a real estate agent who was murdered at a house she was showing. Due to the complete lack of DNA, it's believed that the murder was a well-organized professional hit. The clients (and prime suspects) to whom she was showing the property to are unknown, and her murder is currently unsolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
Colonel Sanders was once a lawyer, and assaulted his client. He also killed a man in a shootout. time.com/time/nation/arti…
Hadassah Peri, a private nurse in NYC, was given over $30 million by her heiress client, Huguette Clark. The gifts were in the form of houses, cars, paid medical bills and private school tuitions. Huguette Clark was the reclusive daughter of the 19 century copper baron, William Clark. theguardian.com/lifeandst…

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