A 3000 mile long fiber-optic cable called Project Express was installed between London & New York in 2012. At a cost of $300 Million, the line was designed to shave 5 milliseconds from financial trades between the two cities. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Each US state manages a federally-allocated fund to support victims of crime; if you are the victim of a crime, you can apply for reimbursement for medical services, mental health counseling, lost wages, and other costs incurred as a result of the crime. ovc.ojp.gov/help-for-vict…
Colonel Sanders (which is a the highest honorary title in the State of Kentucky) of KFC fame sold his company in 1964 for only $2 million dollars ($17 million today). He remained as brand ambassador but complained the company had cut costs and made an inferior product than the early days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
1Gbps internet in Romania costs €8($9.84) per month romania-insider.com/roman…
Pinot noir became considerably more popular among consumers as a result of the film Sideways. Throughout the film, the main character speaks fondly of Pinot Noir while denigrating Merlot. A study estimated that Sideways cost American Merlot farmers over US$400m in lost revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
An Indian man developed a low cost sanitary pad for rural women because they were so expensive. The purpose of his feat was to prevent his wife from using dirty rags. His name is Arunachalam Muruganantham and Bollywood made a movie called "Padman" inspired by his story. youtu.be/zkQL7UJYDIY
Ajay V. Bhatt, an Indian-born American computer architect who led the Intel team that invented the USB (Universal Serial Bus), regrets not making it reversible. It would have doubled the cost, which was a hard sell at the time, "[b]ut in hindsight, we blew it." He holds 132 patents and counting. pcworld.com/article/29998…
Almost all pianos that are given away for free are not worth the cost of having it moved into your home. The simplest of piano moves will cost a minimum of $250. If you discover it cannot be tuned or fixed, for a reasonable price, then it will cost more to have it disposed masterpianoservices.com/2…
Learned that in 1985 a guy programmed his computer to call Jerry Falwell Sr's toll free prayer line every 30 seconds for 8 months. It clogged up the lines and cost them over $750k in reverse charges. content.time.com/time/mag…
The F-35 has a lifespan of 8,000 hours and it costs $44,000 per hour to fly. popularmechanics.com/mili…
Jonny Quest, which first aired from September 18, 1964, was an almost instant success, both critically and ratings-wise but it was canceled after one season due to the animated show's high production costs. hollywoodreporter.com/hea…
Sliced Bread was banned in 1943 with the intention of bringing the cost of bread down after it increased due to flour prices going up. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
Trading onion options is illegal. In the 1950’s two traders in Chicago cornered the market by crashing the price of a 50lb bag of onions to lower than the cost of the bag that carried them, leading to a shortage of onions in the U.S. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oni…
The world's longest tunnel is 24.5km long, connecting two small communities of LΓ¦rdal and Aurland in Norway. It cost around USD $110 million to make. visitnorway.com/listings/…
General George Pickett (who had been told by Robert E. Lee to hold Five Forks at all costs) was attending a shad bake several miles away with other Confederate Generals when his troops were routed at Five Forks, severing the last remaining lifeline to the Confederate capitol of Richmond. independent.co.uk/life-st…
A controversial case study β€œMillion Dollar Murray” (2006) followed a local friendly homeless vet, who’s an alcoholic, in Reno and quantified the costs in Murray abusing public services almost daily for 10 years dpbh.nv.gov/uploadedFiles…
Emergency fuel shipments to Siberian cities cost Russia an estimated $500 million per year - and according to economists, it would be cheaper for Russia to fly labourers into Siberia to extract the natural resources and then fly them out again, instead of keeping Siberian cities functioning smithsonianmag.com/travel…
The Great Western Staircase took 14 years to build and actually cost 1 million dollars nearchitecture.com/buildi…
A California man found an unopened copy of a 1987 Nintendo game called Kid Icarus in his mom's attic. It was still in the original shopping bag along with a receipt showing it cost $38.45. He later sold the game at auction for $9,000. cnbc.com/2019/08/06/vinta…
The musical work "Vexations" is a single page of keyboard music which is played 840 times. The first public performance, in 1963, took over 18 hours. Admission cost $5, with a time clock in the lΠΎbby. Attendees checked out when leaving, and received a 5Β’ refund for each 20 minutes attended en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vex…
The original French name for French Toast was 'pain perdu' or 'lost bread,' reflecting its use of stale or otherwise "lost" bread β€” which gave birth to the metaphoric term pain perdu for sunk costs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
James McCormick sold the ADE 651, a fake β€˜bomb detector’, all over the world (specifically Iraq) by purchasing novelty golf ball detectors for less than $20 and reselling it for $5000 each. His scam has cost lives and the β€˜bomb detectors’ are probably still in use today. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-2238036…
The US Interstate Highway System is the most expensive construction project in the world and costs more than 3 times that of the International Space Station finchgroup.net/2020/01/th…
The market for recycled plastic determines what gets recycled. If you put plastic bags in the recycling, they cost too much to recycle and get put in landfills after sorting. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
Video game publisher Acclaim Entertainment had many controversies including paying people to legally change their names to Turok, paying speeding tickets on Burnout 2’s release date and paying funeral costs for people that put Spider-Man 2 on their gravestones vg247.com/2020/06/24/chan…
The first hard drive that could store 1 GB was made in 1980 by IBM and weighed the same as an average adult anaconda. It cost $40,000. pcworld.com/article/12710…
The cost of acquiring the rights to use The Beatles' music in "Yesterday" was around $10 million, nearly 40% of the movie's total cost. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
An annual supply of bottled water for a person who consumes 8 glasses a day would cost approximately $200; the same amount of tap water would cost approximately $0.33. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
In September 1978, a paint scraper worth 15 cents was dropped into the torpedo launcher of the US nuclear submarine USS Swordfish, jamming the loading piston in its cylinder. When divers failed to free the piston, the sub had to be drydocked and repaired at a staggering cost of 171,000$ . en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Designing and producing the B-29 Superfortress which was used to drop the A-Bomb on Japan, was more expensive than developing the bomb itself. Total costs for the B-29 was $3 billion, the Manhattan Project ended up costing $1.9 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boe…
WWII monetary cost to the US was $4 Trillion in 2020 dollars, with a top tax rate in 1945 of 94%. 41 Billion rounds of ammo produced, among other materiel. online.norwich.edu/academ…
The opening scene of Prime Video: The Grand Tour cost $3.2 million in production fees carthrottle.com/post/the-…
(and remembered) that VHS tapes of movies released direct from distributors cost anywhere between $80-120 throughout most of the '80s. Assuming $100 for a new movie, that would be the equivalent of spending $242.00 for a single movie now, in 2020. blog.sfgate.com/thebigeve…
As part of the Windows 7 launch Burger King sold a Windows 7 Whopper in Japan. The burger had 7 patties, was only on sale for 7 days and cost early bird customers Β₯777 uk.ign.com/articles/2009/…
A complete Spacesuit costs $12.000.000 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The price of pizza has matched, with uncanny precision, the cost of a NYC subway ride for 50 years. Economists have named it "The Pizza Principle." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piz…
In 2011 NASA estimated that it would have cost the agency about US$4 billion to develop a rocket like SpaceX's Falcon 9 booster using their traditional contracting processes. SpaceX's total development cost for the Falcon 9 rocket was estimated at approximately US$390 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Martin Couney ran infant incubator exhibits, in which premature babies were displayed to the public for 40 years. He didn’t charge the parents a penny, instead visitors paid 25 Cents to get in. This covered all the costs to run the facility. Many babies with no chances to survive were saved. bbc.com/news/amp/magazine…
Today I learned about Hooters Air, an airline that was founded by the restaurant chain. It had seven operating planes and seventeen destinations and mainly operated in Myrtle Beach and Florida. It was closed in 2006 due to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita causing fuel costs to increase, as well as small attendance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
The ZAZ trio (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker), creators of movies like "Airplane!", "Top Secret" and "The Naked Gun", pulled a prank that cost them 60,000$ and took 4 years, just to have an announcer at a horse racetrack say "all pink on the inside" thelaughbutton.com/creato…
The cost of the U.S. Air Force's F-35 helmet is US$400,000 eandt.theiet.org/content/…
In The Office episode "A Benihana Christmas," Michael Scott sang a few words to Eddie Money's "Two Tickets to Paradise". The joke cost the series $60,000 comicbook.com/tv-shows/ne…
Renouncing US Citizenship costs $2,350. This means the US has the highest citizenship renunciation fee in the world. expatnetwork.com/how-to-r…
Painting artificial eyespots on the rear-ends of cattle reduces predation by large carnivores. The technique is being used in Africa as an effective, low-cost, anti-predation method to save the lives of both cattle and predators. snippetscience.com/painti…
The average cost of getting a divorce in the US is $15,000 including court fees & attorney fees with the average divorce lasting 11 months in court businessinsider.com/avera…
An average anime 13-episode season can cost around 250 Million yen (or around $2 million dollars) to make. Most anime’s can’t recoup this expense so they rely on the β€˜windfall’ of other big animes to save budget. animenewsnetwork.com/inte…
Mark Twain had a lifelong feud with the USPS. He called the cost of mailing letters to England "downright robbery," and remarked that "when England in 1848 invented stamps, my feelings were decidedly anti-English." atlasobscura.com/articles…
The cost of suicide to the UK economy is Β£1.7m per person! hgs.uhb.nhs.uk/wp-content…
The most expensive RV costs $3m (eleMMent Palazzo). This luxury RV contains many features that others do not have, such as a second story. marchi-mobile.com/palazzo…
For the first 6 years of the production of the Ford Model T (1908-1913), it was only available in green, blue, gray (only for the town cars), and red (only for the touring cars). "Any colour so long as it is black" only started in 1914, due to the low cost, durability, and faster drying time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…

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